STRAT­EGY: 227 AP­PEAR­ANCES

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“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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee has been track­ing Rep. Adam B. Schiff’s me­dia ap­pear­ances, as re­lated to the Rus­sian col­lu­sion probe.

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