“Impeachment: American Crime Story” follows President Bill Clinton‘s connection with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and how it eventually led to his impeachment, turning one of the United States’ most famous political scandals into a TV series so addicting that it may as well be pulp fiction.
In the third episode of Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” anthology (previous seasons focused on the O.J. Simpson trial and Cunanan’s murder spree), three of the series’ nastiest characters yet come together, which is saying a lot when you consider that this series is filled with duplicitous, attention-seeking
The perfect storm gathers in the episode “Not to Be Believed,” as Ann Coulter (Cobie Smulders), Matt Drudge (Billy Eichner), and Laura Ingraham (Kim Matula) come together like a brewing storm. They’re incensed and swiftly moving, gathering momentum with the goal of infiltrating the progressive news media.
“The Drudge detail is one of the most popular sites on the internet,” Ingraham tells her guests as she introduces Drudge. Ingraham was a news anchor for MSNBC and a friend of Ann Coulter’s “elves,” a group of attorneys that were assisting in the lawsuit against President Trump. Another member of the team, George Conway. She is dating Ingraham and will marry Kellyanne (Conway’s) in the future. Yes, the room is brimming with people who will have a significant impact on Fox News’ future success and the Trump administration. But they’re all focused on taking down the Clintons right now.
On the other hand, Drudge is gaining a following. It’s remarkable, especially when you consider that years ago, on the CBS lot, he was running a gift shop. However, it was his access to trash bins on the lot that made him truly special. The show depicts him discovering one of his first Hollywood “scoops,” claiming”
Impeachment is an excellent example of how Drudge, along with a group of other far-right outliers, exploited the Clinton scandal to demonstrate to journalists like Isikoff how real they were. They would quickly and effectively demolish the notion of common knowledge, trusted news, and reliable reporting by using inflammatory rhetoric and unverified hearsay.
The Drudge Report was a mix of Hollywood gossip, Washington dish, and just in time to capitalize on the new, lawless internet in the mid-1990s. Because it didn’t have to adhere to the same editorial standards as established news organizations, it was able to report jaw-dropping stories without requiring evidence. Drudge avoided Isikoff’s scoop regarding Clinton and Lewinsky’s connection by publishing a story on Newsweek editors’ decision to kill Isikoff’s reporting. (Isikoff, in the course of researching Paula Jones’ sexual harassment complaint against Clinton, had previously spoken with Tripp about Clinton, Lewinsky, and Willey — played by Elizabeth
In the series, when Ann Coulter meets Drudge, the young, irritable attorney is intrigued by the nobody from Los Angeles with dirt on Clinton that helps her own cause. Jones’ legal team is using elves to draft briefs in her case against Clinton. The experience would help feed Coulter’s biggest selling book “High Crimes and Misdemeanors:
She is suspicious of this man with the weird accent and ridiculous hat. But Conway likes him because Drudge reported that Ken Starr wanted to indict Hillary for perjury. Conway wants to know how he gets his information.
But no one is really looking for an answer.
It’s Well to have an ally in the news business, according to Ingraham.
“What took you so long?” Ann Coulter asks, rather bluntly, as if placing the blame for the leftist media on his shoulders.
“My dear Ann,” Drudge adds, “the internet needed to be created. How many populations read the holy g— New York Times? Around a million, I believe. My print circulation is exploding year after year. Print is no longer viable.
“Impeachment” has a number of prescient moments that link the recent past to where we are now. It brushes away the horrors that await: the mudslingers and unbalanced attention-seekers who aided in the political divide’s creation and accelerated news journalism’s descent into partisan reporting.
Hindsight also brings about some amusing moments. When Coulter finds out that the president is going to resolve the Jones lawsuit, she’s furious. She want him on the stand so they can catch him in a lie and thus have grounds to impeach him. “So he can slide under the law! What an embarrassment,” she exclaims
“Being the president used to have some meaning. Even Nixon was capable of embarrassment. But now, consider what sort of flabby cons they’ll be able to walk right into the White House!”