In a new 30-second ad, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd posed as a ‘referee’ to promote his show MTP Daily.
“Rule number 10, section IIa, states, ‘A player shall not run with the ball without dribbling it,'” Todd says as he spins a basketball in his hands and dramatically bounces it on the floor in slow motion. “That’s the rule.”
He continues: “But what about our politics? Are there any rules anymore? And if so, will anybody play by them? These days, politics could use a little referring. And we’re not afraid to blow the whistle.”
Writing for Newsbusters, Kyle Drennen pointed out how Chuck Todd may not be in the best position to act as a ‘referee’:
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.
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.
Chuck Todd is free act as a political ‘referee’ and arbiter of facts, but it’s just that. An act. He’s not in the journalism business. He’s in the entertainment industry. Some would take it even further and say he’s in the PR department for the Democratic Party.
He’s not tasked with reporting objectively. He – as well as every other ‘news’ show host – is tasked with generating, maintaining, and increasing viewership. If he actually divorced himself from the silly partisan games that characterize news networks today, and reported objectively, he’d likely lose viewers fast, and someone else would have to take his place.
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