Mainstream media outlets aren’t exactly shy about the biases they have toward the left, especially since President Trump was elected back in 2016, but it seems some folks care less about objectivity than others, going out of their way to bash Republicans and practically anyone who disagrees with the way they see the world.
NBC Host Chuck Todd, for example, is coming under heavy fire for comments he made stating that Republicans have “an incentive structure to utter the misinformation” connected to Russia.
Fox News has more:
Todd spoke with Rolling Stone for an interview that was originally published last week but Axios reported an excerpt on Thursday that put the piece back in the news. The “Meet the Press” moderator was asked about a recent interview with Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who was accused by Rolling Stone’s Peter Wade of using “Russian talking points to defend Trump.” Wade then asked why Republicans are willing to go on the NBC News political show and spread disinformation.
“The fact is, and by the way, this isn’t going to be easy to show, but I actually think when we outline this it will, the right has an incentive structure to utter the misinformation,” Todd said.Trending:
“Look, I’ll just be honest, when I had the third senator [to spread Russian disinformation], Sen. Ted Cruz, come on my show and do this — who I did not expect to do this — I started to think, he wants the confrontation. He wants to use this for some sort of appeasement of the right,” Todd continued. “I didn’t know what else to think. I was stunned because he’s a Russia hawk.”
“So I do think one of the things that I want to explore on this is the incentive structure. One of the things we don’t fully appreciate in mainstream media on these attacks is that it’s become fun to attack the press, if that makes sense, on the right. It doesn’t matter if we’re right or wrong, attack them anyway,” Todd said. “People that are the loudest chanters of fake news and accusatory of us are the ones who, under a lie detector, would probably take our word over any word they’ve heard from the other side on whether something was poisonous or not.”
These comments did not go over well with folks on both sides of the political spectrum.
Dan Gainor, vice president of Media Research Center told Fox News, “Wow, what an interview. The kindest thing I can say is it’s delusional. Chuck thinks Trump has turned media bias into ‘sport.’ He never connects that three years of the press falsely claiming the president is a traitor results in a legitimate amount of criticism. I do agree with Chuck on one point. He said, ‘I don’t assume I’m 100 percent right, ever.’ He’s certainly correct about that view. It’s the one Americans should embrace with vigor.”
Dan Bongino, a Fox News contributor, was also not a fan of Todd’s comments.
Here are more responses:
Delusional Chuck Todd, a propagandist who accuses his targets of HIS tactics. He’s one of the dumbest, most craven, and most ideologically-driven of the bunch. In short order, he’s done enormous damage to freedom of the press and the political system. https://t.co/WsFEe4F3It
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) December 27, 2019
Chuck Todd shares office space with Joy Reid and Brian Williams and is lamenting to us common folk how misinformation spreads. https://t.co/ZDmWksuxA0
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 26, 2019
Don't you just love it when Chuck Todd gives a lesson on spreading Misinformation?
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) December 26, 2019