STRATEGY: 227 APPEARANCES
“Rep. Adam Schiff has used the House’s Russia investigation as his big break, becoming a near constant presence on cable TV to raise his profile,” reports a Republican National Committee analysis, which based this conclusion on news coverage from Politico, CNN, CSPAN, and other sources, including Nexis. Here is what they found.
From January 23, 2017 until February 25, 2018, California Democrat and the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, participated in 227 TV interviews — which totaled 26 hours, 4 minutes, and 10 seconds of airtime. Mr. Schiff favored two networks, appearing in 111 interviews on MSNBC, or a total time of 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 50 seconds. The lawmaker also appeared in 87 interviews with CNN for a total time of 10 hours, 58 minutes, and 50 seconds.
“In comparison to his extensive television appearances, in 2017 Rep. Schiff spoke on the House floor a meager 10 times for a total of 36 minutes, and 29 seconds,” the analysis said, citing some telling headlines.
“Schiff has been described as becoming an “overnight celebrity” in Democrat circles in the past year,” noted a new CNN headline this week — though this kind of observation has been around for a while.
“Schiff could use Russia probe as Senate springboard,” predicted a Politico headline almost a year ago.
The GOP researchers also point out that in the same amount of time Mr. Schiff spent in front of the cameras, he could have made 312 five-minute phone calls to his constituents in California — or walked to the Senate side of Congress and back 195 times.
“It’s clear that Mr. Schiff, who recently had no national profile, has used the House’s Russia investigation as a self-serving platform to increase his visibility and is incentivized to prologuize, dramatize, and overhype the investigation so he can continue preening for the cameras,” reported the GOP team. EST on June 1, 1980, founded by Ted Turner, who had this to say when his new network went live: “We won’t be signing off until the world ends. We’ll be on, we’ll be covering it live, and that will be our last, last event. We’ll play the national anthem for one time on the first of June, and that’s all. When the end of the world comes, we’ll play ‘Nearer My God to Thee’ before we sign off,” Mr. Turner told the brand new audience.
The Republican National Committee has been tracking Rep. Adam B. Schiff’s media appearances, as related to the Russian collusion probe.