Read how Newsweek reported that a majority of Americans favored impeaching Bush in 2006:
“Other parts of a potential Democratic agenda receive less support, especially calls to impeach Bush: 47 percent of Democrats say that should be a ‘top priority,’ but only 28 percent of all Americans say it should be, 23 percent say it should be a lower priority and nearly half, 44 percent, say it should not be done. (Five percent of Republicans say it should be a top priority and 15 percent of Republicans say it should be a lower priority; 78 percent oppose impeachment.)”
You could read that three times before noticing that the key fact is this: 28 plus 23 equals 51. That is to say: a majority of the United States wanted Bush impeached, and more than half of that majority wanted it to be a top priority.
. . . and the years go by.
Now look at how Newsweek just reported that a smaller percentage of the public wants Trump impeached:
Support for Donald Trump’s Impeachment is Higher Than His Approval Rating, New Poll Shows
President Donald Trump isn’t exactly popular right now. In fact, a new poll shows that more people seem to support impeaching him than approve of the job he’s doing.
The survey from Public Policy Polling—a Democratic polling company that also does public polls—pegged Trump’s approval rating at just 40 percent, while 57 percent disapproved. Forty-six percent of voters, meanwhile, supported impeaching Trump, while just 44 percent are opposed, according to the poll.
Now, I don’t want Newsweek to return to its bad old ways for consistency. I don’t think it has yet changed far enough. When a plurality wants impeachment prior to any impeachment hearings, and when the impeachable offenses have piled up, there ought to be major coverage of the failure of Congress to act.
What’s interesting here is just that I once believed that if the media would be like it is now we would have had impeachment happen. I still think that might have been so. But the media is too late. Now the media treats impeachment more honestly, and Congress is sooooooooooooooooooo far gone that it doesn’t matter.