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The Schiff Show: By The Numbers

- February 27, 2018

TV Sets Have Been Full Of Schiff Over The Past Year


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has used the House's Russia investigation as his big break, becoming a near constant presence on cable TV to raise his profile.
  • From January 23, 2017 until February 25, 2018, Rep. Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, participated in a whopping 227 television interviews, clocking a cumulative total of 26 hours, 4 minutes, and 10 seconds on television.
    • Rep. Schiff participated in 111 interviews with MSNBC for a total time of 12 hours, 5 minutes, and 50 seconds.
    • Rep. Schiff participated 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.
  • Likewise, Rep. Schiff participated in House Intelligence Committee open hearings on Russia interference in the 2016 election a grand total of only 13 hours, and 18 minutes.
  • In the same amount of time Rep. Schiff spent in TV interviews over the past year, he could have been doing the following instead:
    • Held 312 five minute phone calls with his constituents in California.
    • Walked to the Senate side of Congress and back 195 times.
    • Watched a National Geographic documentary about another witch hunt, the Salem Witch Trials, about 25 times.
    • Watched a YouTube video of other wild goose chases 361 times.
  • It's clear that 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 prolong, dramatize, and overhype the investigation so he can continue preening for the cameras.

Rep. Schiff Has Used The Russia Investigation To Move From A "Low-Profile" Congressman To "A Day-To-Day, Hour-To-Hour Fixture On Cable TV News"

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Profile Is On The Rise In Democrat Politics Because Of His Now Near Daily Public Presence In The Russia Investigation. "Adam Schiff's profile is on the rise in Democratic politics -- but nobody seems to know what the California congressman will do next. Until recently, Schiff was a well-regarded, but low-profile lawmaker in a Los Angeles market where he had to compete with two dozen other members of Congress for local media attention and 52 others for state-level press. His post as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee -- placing him at the center of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the potential involvement of President Donald Trump's campaign -- changed all that." (Eric Bradner, "What Is Adam Schiff's Next Political Move?" CNN , 2/24/18)

"Now, Schiff Is A Day-To-Day, Hour-To-Hour Fixture On Cable TV News." (Eric Bradner, "What Is Adam Schiff's Next Political Move?" CNN , 2/24/18)

"He's Well-Known In California Thanks To Regular Appearances On Cable News Shows, Where He Is A Leading Voice On The Russia Probe." (Eric Bradner, "What Is Adam Schiff's Next Political Move?" CNN , 2/24/18)

Schiff Has Been Described As Becoming An "Overnight Celebrity" In Democrat Circles In The Past Year. "'He's gone from one of 53 to one of the upper echelon of the California delegation, and he's overnight become a political celebrity within Democratic circles in the state,' said Dave Jacobson, a Los Angeles-based Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator." (Eric Bradner, "What Is Adam Schiff's Next Political Move?" CNN , 2/24/18)

Politico Headline: "Schiff Could Use Russia Probe As Senate Springboard." (Austin Wright and Carla Marinucci, "Schiff Could Use Russia Probe As Senate Springboard," Politico , 04/21/17)

Schiff Might Be Laying The Groundwork For "The Senate Or Governor's Mansion, Or Maybe Even The White House." " His fast-rising profile is fueling speculation he might be laying the groundwork for a run for higher office - for the Senate or governor's mansion, or maybe even the White House." (Austin Wright and Carla Marinucci, "Schiff Could Use Russia Probe As Senate Springboard," Politico , 04/21/17)

"Schiff Himself Acknowledges Harboring Grander Ambitions…" "Schiff himself acknowledges harboring grander ambitions but adds the obligatory qualifiers in an interview: He's busy with his current job and hopes that Dianne Feinstein, California's 83-year-old senator, will seek reelection in 2018. Statewide office is 'certainly something I've thought about in the past and may think about in the future, but I have a pretty full plate as it is,' Schiff said. (Austin Wright and Carla Marinucci, "Schiff Could Use Russia Probe As Senate Springboard," Politico , 04/21/17)

From January 23, 2017 To February 25, 2018, Rep. Schiff Spent More Than 26 Hours Giving TV Media Interviews

26 Hours, 4 Minutes, 10 Seconds : The Amount Of Time Rep. Schiff Spent Giving Television Interviews From January 23, 2017 To February 25, 2018, Instead Of Serving The Constituents Of California's 28th District. (Nexis, Accessed 02/26/18)

227 : Total Number OF Rep. Schiff TV Hits From January 23, 2017 To February 25, 2018. (Nexis, Accessed 02/26/18)

More Than 23 Hours Of Rep. Schiff's Time Was Spent On Television With MSNBC And CNN

111 : Over The Past Year, Rep. Schiff Gave 111 Interviews To MSNBC. (Nexis, Accessed 02/23/18)

12 Hours, 5 Minutes, 50 Seconds : Amount Of Time Rep. Schiff Spent Commenting To MSNBC During The Past Year. (Nexis, Accessed 02/25/18)

87 : Over The Past Year, Rep. Schiff Gave 87 Interviews To CNN. (Nexis, Accessed 02/23/18)

10 Hours, 58 Minutes, And 50 Seconds : Amount Of Time Rep. Schiff Has Spent Commenting With CNN. (Nexis, Accessed 02/25/18)

In Comparison To His Extensive Media Appearances, Rep. Schiff Spoke On The House Floor Only 10 Times From January 2017 Until January 2018, For A Total Of 36 Minutes And 29 Seconds

10 : From January 2017 Until February 2018, Rep. Schiff Spoke During House Floor Proceedings Only 10 Times. ("Rep. Adam Schiff," CSPAN , Accessed 02/26/18)

36 Minutes And 29 Seconds : The Total Amount Of Time Rep Schiff Spoke On The House Floor In The Past Year. ("Rep. Adam Schiff," CSPAN, Accessed 02/26/18)

Additionally, Rep. Schiff Spent Only 13 Hours And 18 Minutes Participating In Open Hearings Concerning The Actual Investigation Into Russian Election Interference

On March, 20, 2017, The HPSCI Held A 5 Hour Hearing On Russian Election Interference . ("Russian Election Interference, CSPAN , Accessed 02/26/18)

On March, 23, 2017, The HPSCI Held A 2 Hour Hearing On Russia And The 2016 Election. ("Russia And The 2016 Election," CSPAN , Accessed 02/26/18)

On June, 21, 2017, The HPSCI Held A 3 Hour Hearing On Russian Interference In The U.S. Election. ("Russian Interference In U.S. Elections," CSPAN , Accessed 02/26/18)

On Nov. 1, 2017, The HPSCI Held A 2 1/2 Hour Hearing On Russian Interference In The U.S. Election. ("Russia Investigative Task Force Hearing with Social Media Companies," Youtube, Accessed 02/26/18)

All Of Which Begs The Question, What Else Could Rep. Schiff Have Done During The 26 Plus Hours He Spent On Cable News Last Year?

2: In The 26 Plus Hours He Spent On Television, Rep. Schiff Could Have Taken 2 Round Trip Flights To Visit His Constituents In Los Angeles. ("D.C. To Los Angeles," Travelmath , 02/26/18)

312: In 26 Hours And 4 Minutes, Rep. Schiff Could Have Talked To 312 Of His Constituents For 5 Minutes Apiece On The Phone.

195: In 26 Hours And 4 Minutes, Rep Schiff Could Have Walked To The Senate Side Of Congress And Back 195 Times. ("Maps," Google , Accessed 02/26/18)

201: In The 26 Plus Hours Rep. Schiff Spent Talking To TV Hosts, He Could Have Had 201 More Phone Calls With Russian Pranksters Like The 8 Minute Call He Had In April, 2017. ("Prank With Congressman Adam Schiff," Youtube , Accessed 02/26/18)

260: At 50 Words Per Minute, And 300 Words Per Page, In 26 Hours And 4 Minutes, Rep. Schiff Could Have Typed A 260 Page Memo (To Be Released To Little Or No Acclaim). ("Average Words Per Minute," Google , Accessed 02/26/18)

 361: In 26 Hours And 4 Minutes, Rep. Schiff Could Have Watched This Video Of Various Other Wild Goose Chases 361 Times. ("Goose Chasing People," Youtube, Accessed 02/26/18)

25: In 26 Hours And 4 Minutes, Rep. Schiff Could Have Watched This National Geographic Documentary On Another Witch Hunt, The Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trial, About 25 Times. ("National Geographic Documentary 2015 Salem's Witch Trial Witchcraft & Witchhunt," Youtube, Accessed 02/26/18)

6,256​: Finally, In The Same Amount Of Time Rep Schiff Spent Interviewing On TV, The Rest Of Us Could Have Each Watched This YouTube Video Pronouncing The Word Ambition 6,256 Times. ("How To Pronounce Ambition," Youtube, 02/26/18)

 


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