The satirical website Babylon Bee published an article headlined “Impeachment Inquiry Canceled After Five Episodes Due to Low Ratings,” and they wern’t too far off from the truth. After all, these hearings were nothing but attempted PR for Democrats in their latest attempt to turn public opinion against Donald Trump. And they know the hearings themselves are useless in actually removing Trump from office, as the Senate would thwart that plan.
And speaking of those ratings, it would seem the nation is feeling some “impeachment fatigue,” as one commentator called it. As the Washington Times reported:
There are about 330 million Americans. According to the ratings, nearly 320 million of them aren’t watching the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Tuesday’s morning session averaged 11.4 million viewers across the three big cable news stations and ABC, CBS and NBC. The afternoon session averaged 13 million viewers.
Those were similar to the 12.7 million viewers Friday’s hearings drew on average — down from the 13.1 million posted on Nov. 13, the first day of public hearings.
For reference, James Comey’s testimony drew in 19 million.
And the kicker? The hearings have decreased public support for Trump’s impeachment. Again quoting the Times: “support for impeachment has flipped since October from 48% support with 44% opposing, to now 45% opposed and 43% in support. The biggest swing is among independents, who oppose impeachment now 49% to 34%, which is a reversal from October where they supported impeachment 48% to 39%.”
That’s hardly surprising in today’s media landscape, where they constantly over-promise with the latest “bombshell,” – each supposed to be the “final nail” in Trump’s coffin, leading to the “walls (finally) caving in.” Just take a look at the compilation below if your memory needs a refresher:
Dear members of the media, if you want to understand why no one cares about impeachment and minds are not being changed, watch this and understand. pic.twitter.com/TmMKLddr0k
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 21, 2019
Or as the jokers over at the Babylon Bee put it in their aforementioned article; “The show-runners promised all these big bombshells, shocking twists, and startling revelations, but they weren’t able to deliver.”
Maybe they’re not entirely satirical after all…