C-SPAN does not air GOP Bragg House hearings, some claim bias
C-SPAN has come under fire over allegations of left-wing bias for refusing to air two back-to-back hearings of the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee — including one scheduled for Monday to shed light on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s decision to declare the to impeach former President Trump.
Tense talks between C-SPAN honchos and Judiciary Committee staffers were revealed in emails Fox News Digital investigated covering coverage of a February hearing in Yuma, Ariz. focused on border issues and another scheduled for Monday in the Big Apple was about the rise in violent crime in Manhattan.
The latter will almost certainly spotlight a pro-crime prosecutor’s controversial charge against Republican Trump over alleged hush money payments to alleged former lovers.
“I wanted to reach you as soon as possible to let you know that we will not be able to [to] Send a crew to report on the House Judiciary’s field hearing on victims of violent crime Monday in Manhattan,” C-SPAN Appropriations Office manager Jon Kelley wrote to staffers on Wednesday. “I know it’s making a lot of headlines and we’ve been looking for possible coverage, but we just don’t have the resources right now.”
“Are you all serious?” a member of the committee fired back. “This is the largest hearing in Congress I can imagine.”
“I just wanted to let you know asap,” Kelley replied.
Ahead of the Feb. 23 hearing on border issues, C-SPAN Congressional Editor Robb Harleston told committee staff in an email Feb. 14 that the hearing would not be considered because “we are concerned about the absence of dem- make members”.
“This is a very disappointing decision,” a committee official replied. “Democratic members have been invited and it is not yet known if they will attend. We hope they do. To be clear, this is an official committee of the US House of Representatives to hear the judiciary. The committee is responsible for immigration and border policy and should be worthy of C-SPAN’s reporting. We would really hate it if this damaged our relationship in the future.”
“I appreciate your disappointment. If there are any specific decisions regarding Democrat involvement, we might reconsider,” Harleston replied.
C-SPAN is a non-profit public broadcaster known for broadcasting government proceedings and public affairs programs.
C-SPAN’s successive snubs – which have fueled allegations of political bias – were first reported by Townhall.com’s Julio Rosas.
“They didn’t cover our hearing in Yuma, Ariz., at the border when they should have, they indicated they won’t be covering it,” said Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Justice Department of the House of Representatives. on Thursday to Fox Business.
“Democrats will be present at this hearing [in Manhattan]…I don’t know why C-SPAN wouldn’t do that, but I think it just shows their bias.”
C-SPAN did not respond to requests for comment.