In a new ad to promote his MSNBC show MTP Daily, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd took to a basketball court and discussed the rules of the game. He then fretted: “But what about our politics, are there any rules anymore? And if so, will anybody play by them?” Todd assured viewers that he and his liberal network would be objective enforcers: “These days, politics could use a little refereeing. And we’re not afraid to blow the whistle.”
However, Todd’s history of liberal bias disqualifies him from making such claims. As recently as Sunday’s Meet the Press, Todd spent much of the broadcast claiming “growing evidence” of collusion between the President Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government despite there being none. The previous Sunday, Republican Senator Tom Cotton was forced to scold Todd for relying too much on anonymous sources for stories that turned out to be false.
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On the day of Trump’s January 20 inauguration, Todd went so far as to argue that the new President would have to “earn” a honeymoon period in the press and must “erase the asterisk” of his election.
Earlier that month, on the January 8 Meet the Press, even Todd’s CNBC colleague Rick Santelli pointed out that the NBC political director had chosen “sides” in the 2016 campaign: “To see Russians happy because Trump won: On election night, I never saw you so unhappy. You pick sides. Everybody picks sides.”
During the campaign, Todd failed to disclose that his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, was a Democratic operative who contributed to Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, and that her political firm aided Bernie Sanders’s presidential run.
Not exactly the record of someone willing to referee both the sides of the aisle fairly.