NBC’s Chuck Todd is very upset about anyone who would conclude that the liberal media is politicizing the coronavirus epidemic, and he made sure to use his interview with Vice President Mike Pence as a platform to air his grievances.
Rather than utilize the “Meet the Press” interview as an opportunity to get solid information about the government response from the Trump administration’s COVID-19 point man, Todd chose to focus on things said by people who aren’t even Mike Pence! Apparently Pence is responsible for what comes out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump Jr.
After playing a series of clips from Limbaugh, Don Jr., and RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, all of whom have blasted the left for weaponizing the virus against the president, Todd said, “None of this seems to match the facts. What facts are there that Democrats are doing this? It seems like people are asking questions and are concerned about the virus. This implies some sort of political motivation, which is kind of gross.”
“Well, I will tell you there’s been a lot of irresponsible rhetoric among Democrats and commentators on the left,” Pence said.
“Who, who is this? Name some names, sir,” Todd said, getting his fur up. “Because this is just – it just feels like gaslighting. Please name some names. We’re all big people here. Name some names.”
Remaining calm, Pence replied: “There was a column in The New York Times by a prominent liberal journalist that said we should rename it the ‘Trumpvirus.’”
Instead of just muttering, “Oh…well, there you go,” Todd moved the goalposts. “Okay, that—that is – Does that apply – Does that apply to all people?”
Well, no. Does playing clips from three conservatives stand for all people? Does it stand for the federal government’s response? Why the double standard, Chuck?
We assume that Todd took Pence’s inability to name but one example of this politicization as some sort of debate victory, but he shouldn’t have. It’s not the vice president’s job to keep an encyclopedic tally of the media’s sins in his head just in case he’s called on to reference them. He’s got more important things to worry about…like the damn disease itself.
But if you want some recent examples, Chuck, you could have watched your lead-in program, NBC’s Sunday Today, where host Willie Geist was furthering the myth (read: the lie) that President Trump called the coronavirus a hoax.
“President Trump, meanwhile, held a rare Saturday news conference to give another update on coronavirus. He was pressed about his comments at a rally Friday night where he called coronavirus a Democratic hoax against his presidency,” Geist said.
Or Chuck, you could have taken a look at Bill Maher’s program on Friday night, where the liberal host said that Trump would “declare martial law” if the coronavirus epidemic infected too many people.
Or how about CNN’s Don Lemon, who mocked Pence last week for his religious faith: “Is that the person you want in charge of the coronavirus outbreak? Someone who needs to pray on something instead of looking at science? Come on. Let’s be real about it. Let’s be honest about it. Is that the person you want in charge?”
These all transpired in just the last couple of days, and they only scratch the surface of a very deep well. The media’s zeal to trash Trump over this virus has reached hysterical proportions; to miss it, you would have to be complicit yourself.
Which, of course, Chuck Todd very much is.