Meet the Press
On Tuesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) launched a campaign taking issue with NBC's Meet the Press for proclaiming they would not host a debate on climate change or "give time to climate deniers." CEI bought a full-page ad in this morning's Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and made a 30-second video spot, which NBC refused to air.
As NewsBusters has previously reported, NBC marched a hard line to smear the Covington Catholic kids as racists in a viral video face-off with a Native American activist. NPR talk show host Joshua Johnson, a panelist on Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, dragged the smears into a discussion of the government shutdown.
In an outburst on Twitter on Saturday, NBC moderator Chuck Todd lashed out at “those trying to tar all media” with the dubious Buzzfeed story by suggesting they “aren’t interested in improving journalism but protecting themselves.” That irritation carried over to Sunday’s Meet the Press where he ended the show by decrying those people once again, despite “all media” pouncing on the now-debunked report to push impeachment for President Trump.
In a softball interview with Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine on Sunday’s Meet the Press, moderator Chuck Todd wondered if a report in the New York Times about the FBI investigating President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia in 2017 meant it was time for congressional Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings.
Introducing a Meet the Press special edition on climate change, Chuck Todd quite literally announced that dissent would not be permitted. Here was Todd: "just as important as what we are going to do this hour is what we're not going to do. We're not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause. Period. We're not going to give time to climate deniers."
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has proclaimed he thinks NBC and MSNBC are very centered on Facts, unlike Fox News. But his opening to his show on Sunday sounded like a dramatic editorial, underlining all of Trump’s problems with Republican leaders and conservative radio and TV hosts, throwing together the shutdown, the resignation of the defense secretary, and the stock market decline into one grand opinionated summary: "What if the president is the crisis?"
As this author noted earlier on Sunday, the liberal media is adamant they smell President Trump’s blood in the water and they’re eager to declare his presidency dead. But during the network Sunday talk shows on ABC and NBC, their conservative panelists pushed back hard on that narrative and even mocked how they make the same claim “every other week”.
The liberal media grew increasingly excited at the prospects of impeaching President Trump over the weekend. So much so, that some were outright encouraging Democrats to pursue it. During an appearance on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude Jr. warned Democrats that if they didn’t impeach Trump, then they’ll be punished by their radical liberal base.
Former President George H.W. Bush was elected into office on his famous promise of “read my lips: no new taxes”. It was a promise he would come to break and many attribute to why he became a one-term president. As Sunday’s Meet the Press was nearing the end of its hour, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell praised the former President for breaking his promise to the public and raising taxes.
Since the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, most of the networks have revisited one of the longstanding liberal peeves against the former Republican President -- that he brought to the attention of voters the fact that 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis supported a prison furlough program that allowed a convicted murderer, Willie Horton, to violently attack a couple while he was free. And, in doing so, the networks have also repeated the recurring myth that Bush's campaign was responsible for "the Willie Horton ad" that used a mug shot of Horton, thus revealing his race, when, in reality, the version of the ad run by the Bush campaign did not use the image and made no hint that Horton was black.
On Friday, the Trump administration issue a congressionally mandated report about climate change that claimed it looked 100 years into the future and was designed to scare people. The liberal media were apoplectic that the administration dismissed the findings as they tried to spread the panic. New York Times reporter Helene Cooper, during her Sunday appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, was particularly adamant that everyone in America needed to be running around in hysterics over the report.
Democrats have long maintained that vote fraud is "as rare as an asteroid strike" so when Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown charged that the gubernatorial election in Georgia was stolen from Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams, Chuck Todd felt compelled to all too briefly challenge Brown on his charge on Sunday's Meet The Press.
Watch just how quickly Chuck Todd folded under just a bit of pressure from Brown: