Meet the Press
Here's one obvious way Chuck Todd isn't trying to be Tim Russert. Instead of asking Bernie Sanders a hardball about why he explicitly praised America's communist enemies during the Cold War, he framed the question as a Democrat primary voter would frame it. How are you going to get around the oafish conservatives and their nasty tweets?
Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, Princeton University professor and frequent MSNBC guest Eddie Glaude urged Congressional Democrats to “uphold their Constitutional responsibility,” clearly implying that he was talking about starting impeachment hearings. In addition, Glaude resurrected some conspiracy theories about Republicans only winning competitive elections last year by resorting to sinister practices.
It might be safe to say that NBC political director Chuck Todd was invested in or, at least, very eager to have Democrats start actively chasing down President Trump via impeachment. After seemly trying to goad Congressional Democrats into starting an impeachment case earlier on Sunday, Todd grilled Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) during Meet the Press on why he and party leadership had not done more to get rid of Trump.
There's something about interviewing Kellyanne Conway that makes the "objective" anchors a little crazy. Taking a look at the official Meet the Press transcript from Sunday suggests that Todd asked Conway a question -- or more likely, interjected/interrupted -- 56 times in a 15-minute interview. Later in the show, Todd conducted a very polite interview with Gov. Jay Inslee. He questioned Inslee just 12 times in eight minutes.
Shortly after interviewing Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd brought in his panel to discuss the immigration crisis at the southern border. While the panel was split on whether or not there actually is a crisis on the border, they all seemed united in their contempt for President Trump; melting down over his “performative narcissism” and warning of a “genuine democratic crisis” because of his “lack of governance.”
Since news broke over the weekend that former South Carolina Senator Erniest Hollings had passed, his controversial history on race has been substantially whitewashed in media reports which have gone so far as to praise him over the ending of segregation in his home state. This odd bestowing of credit comes even though he ran for governor as a segregationist, and school desegregation did not occur until after he left office in 1963.
Despite the fact Attorney General William Barr’s letter explicitly quoted the Special Counsel’s report, stating, “[t]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd was on NBC Sunday suggesting the President wasn’t really cleared of the collusion conspiracy theory.
In addition to CNN’s disgraceful town hall event following the Parkland shooting being celebrated by the Norman Lear Center’s annual Cronkite Awards, NBC News received not one, but two honors for its biased reporting on illegal immigration and climate change in the past year.
The panel on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press seemed to agree with an article in The Atlantic when it came to the Mueller probe, agreeing with its premise that the Mueller probe may “end with unfinished business.” The panel, along with host Chuck Todd, seemed to feel that enough evidence has been gathered without the release of the Mueller report to warrant President Trump’s impeachment.
At the top of Sunday’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd thought it would be fun to compare the upcoming report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to a deadly hurricane poised to hit the east coast. He noted how “Democrats are hoping it’s a category five whopper” while Republicans were wishing for “the dud of a storm that turns and goes out to sea.”
In an example of what’s likely to play out during the 2020 Democratic primary battle, liberal panelists on NBC’s Meet the Press clashed over the feasibility of the left’s radical Green New Deal on Sunday. NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell rhetorically duked it out with Heather McGhee from the left-wing Demos nonprofit. The former wanted passible legislation while the latter wanted the GND passed in a panic.
NBC’s Meet the Press and moderator Chuck Todd have taken a radical stance on climate change and they’re proud of it. Late last year Todd boasted about banning “climate deniers” from his show. On Sunday, he and his fellow liberal journalists tried to boost the dangerously radical Green New Deal while avoiding the craziness it proposes.