By Scott Whitlock
Don’t talk to Chuck Todd about the liberal media. The Meet The Press host on Sunday snapped at David Brody, telling the CBN political analyst that dislike of a partisan press is simply a “campaign creation” of the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Todd huffed that it was “not based in much fact.”
Appearing on a panel discussion, Brody pointed out that the approval rating of Donald Trump and that of the mainstream media aren’t that high. Todd cut him off and offered a conspiracy theory about the reason Americans don’t trust the press: “Well, the conservative echo chamber created the environment…. It’s been a tactic and a tool of the Roger Ailes-created chamber. So, let’s not pretend it is not anything other than that.”
Brody responded by pointing out how widespread distrust is of journalists: “But those independents also distrust the media. This is not just Republicans. It is many Americans across the country.”
Todd sputtered: “I take your point. I’m just saying it was a creation. It was a campaign tactic. It’s not based in much fact.” This kind of denial of the media’s obvious bias is common for the journalist. On February 19, 2013 he dismissed: “There’s this whole sort of mythology of this, ‘the media’s out to get conservatives.’”
Todd himself has had an ongoing conflict of interest in political coverage as his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, does direct marketing campaigns for Democrats. Mrs. Todd donated thousands to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine. During 2016, Todd did not provide a disclaimer when he interviewed the liberal senator.
In July, the Meet the Press host let hard-left candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez redefine socialism in order to “sell” it to “older Americans.” Remember Barack Obama? Here is just one example of how Todd [then the NBC White House correspondent] gushed over Obama
“In just a few short hours, the President was able to do a diplomatic decathlon, packing in a week’s worth of international diplomacy into 12 hours….America’s unofficial royalty, the President and First Lady, reconnected tonight for more ceremonial duties, including a private audience with actual royalty, the Queen herself.” — Chuck Todd, April 1, 2009 Nightly News.
Finally, the press has been 90 percent negative [in its evaluative coverage of Trump. But don’t tell any of this to Chuck Todd. Media bias is all just a delusion.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.