How Much of the Impeachment Inquiry Will You Need to See?

Coppola predicts much of it will be grandstanding and punditry

Tom Puckett
November 13, 2019 - 4:00 am

FILE - In this May 18, 1973, AP file photo, the hearing of the Senate select committee on the Watergate case on Capitol Hill


Buffalo, NY (WBEN) As the impeachment inquiry begins, how much will viewers need to watch to get all the facts? A retired journalism dean says you'll likely need to see lsss than half.

"I'm looking for what a journalist looks for, facts and information, not so much punditry or entertainment," says Lee Coppola, retired dean of the School of Journalism at St. Bonaventure University. "They need to be presented in the open for the public to see. I need to see facts to support impeachment."

Coppola says there will be a challenge for reporters and the public alike. "Smokescreens come up all the time from opposition to what's being presented in the hearings, so it's a journalists' role to decipher the difference between the smokescreen and the facts. It'll be difficult but the good ones will do it," says Coppola. He predicts a lot of the hearings will be grandstanding and posturing, and the discerning viewer has to determine when the facts come out.

How much of the hearing can a viewer watch to get the facts. "Based on my experience, probably 10 to 15 to 20 percent is factual evidence," says Coppola, who plans to watch as much as he needs to determine if information is being presented to the public as opposed to grandstanding. 

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