When the Democratic-led House was considering issuing a contempt citation against Attorney General William Barr for refusal to make the full unredacted Mueller report available to members of Congress, the pro-Trump stenographers CNSNews.com were quick to object:
- Susan Jones highlighted how one Republican congressman called the contempt citation a "public show" to "discredit" Barr.
- Michael Morris dutifully transcribed right-wing radio host Mark Levin ranting that Barr was being held in contempt for "following the law."
- Jones returned to tout former Republican Attorney General Michael Mukasey claiming that Democrats are crossing a legal line, "because the point of this is not to find out facts."
- Another Jones article lamented that the House Judiciary Committee "will vote along party lines to recommend that Attorney General William Barr be held in contempt of Congress."
By contrast, in 2012 when then-Attorney General Eric Holder faced a contempt vote for alleged failure to release enough documents to the Republican-controlled House regarding the Fast and Furious controversy, CNS cheered it all the way. CNS cheered it on as early as February 2012, then cranked up the coverage with a decided anti-Holder bias, even in the articles that don't show one in the headline, when the vote arrived a few months later:
- Boehner: ‘All Options Are on the Table’ in Potential Contempt Citation Against AG Holder
- Ahead of Contempt Vote, Obama has ‘Absolute Confidence’ in Holder, Says White House
- Issa: 'Our Purpose Has Never Been to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt'
- Getting Holder Documents Only Way To Ensure 'Mistakes Such As These Won’t Happen Again,' Rep. Foxx Says
- House Panel Votes to Hold AG Holder in Contempt of Congress
- Levin Holds Pelosi ‘In Contempt of This Nation’ For Comments Regarding 'Fast and Furious' Probe
- Democrats Defend Holder: Maloney on Fast and Furious, ‘There’s Nothing There’
It's as if CNS' news coverage is heavily driven by ideology, or something.