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Chuck Todd Infuriated by Trump’s Attack, and That’s Bad for Journalism

It can’t be pleasant to be attacked by the president of the United States, even if you don’t like him. But what “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd did Sunday is inadvertently display exactly what is wrong with journalism and why so many people respond positively to President Trump’s attacks on the media.

At a rally in Pennsylvania Saturday night, Trump called Todd “a sleeping son of a bitch.” What journalists used to do is try to keep themselves out of the story, no matter what. What Todd did in an interview Sunday with the Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, who has nothing to do with Trump’s decorum, is inject himself directly into things.

“Many people including myself raise their kids to respect the office of the presidency and the President of the United States,” he said. “When he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are they supposed to tell their kids?”

This question is obviously about Chuck Todd, who was in the receiving end of the vulgarity. A few seconds later, Mnuchin tells him, “I think you should be focused on what the policies are. He’s using these vulgarities in the context of a campaign rally and obviously, there were a lot of funny moments on, on, on that rally,” to which a clearly angry and personally offended Chuck Todd answers, “Yeah, they were hilarious.”

Now, do I think the president of the United States ought to be calling a reporter a “son of a bitch”? No, I don’t. I understand Todd’s point about Trump debasing the presidency, although I think commentary we sometimes hear that he’s some kind of fascist who intends to abolish the First Amendment is silly.

But Todd and the rest of the press want to have both ways. They want to pretend to be objective and then make their feelings and their opinions all part of the story. And almost always, their opinions are liberal. They used to try to at least hide this. No more. And so now there’s a backlash, the most serious of which is not coming from the president, but from the people, who can no longer trust the press.

Chuck Todd Asks Ben Carson How a Doctor Could be Religious

Really? Now candidates are being asked to justify their belief in God? Is that where this nation, founded as a God-fearing entity, has gotten to?

NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd wanted to know from Ben Carson how a man of science could also be a man of faith.

You’re a famed neurosurgeon, some say the best pediatric neurosurgeon living in the world today. You’re a man of deep faith. Explain how science and religion in your mind coexist.

This is insulting. Carson is way too nice. He should have shut Todd right down.

Todd: GOP Sweep Puts “an End” to Amnesty Order

NBC political analyst Chuck Todd said last night that the Republican seizure of the Senate will force President Obama to back off from his plan to temporarily legalize potentially millions of illegal immigrants.

“I think politically, tonight, it put an end to it. It would be a provocative act, politically,” Todd said. “The president is going to know that if he does this, he is starting a political war in Washington between the White House and the Republican Congress. He’d be stuck.”

Todd said Republicans will feel “they have to confront” the president if he takes such an act, given the passion on the issue within the GOP.

Yeah, well, he’s gonna do it.

Todd’s analysis presupposes that Obama cares whether he is at war with Republicans. I don’t think he does, because I don’t think he has the stomach or the desire to try to mend any fences with the GOP and do the difficult work of passing legislation during his final two years.

Obama is not going to change his character now, a character that leaves him ill-disposed toward building relationships with people who disagree with him. He’s not even particularly interested in relationships with people who do agree with him.

What’s more, this will be a legacy issue for Obama. Once these immigrants are “temporarily” legalized, as with all government-granted benefits, it becomes difficult to take it away. Obama will have taken a possibly irrevocable step toward full amnesty, while pleasing a key component of the Democratic base.

Finally, the president has been big on coming through on “promises” he made in 2008, like Obamcare, withdrawing from Iraq, and closing Guantanamo Bay, which he still wants to do. He owes Hispanics. He said he would pass comprehensive immigration reform. He didn’t – he spent his political capital on Obamacare instead – so he’ll enact it by fiat as much as possible.

Expect a temporary amnesty decree by Christmas, maybe Thanksgiving.

Chuck Todd: America has Obama Fatigue

Commenting on the new CNN poll which shows Mitt Romney handily defeating Barack Obama – but easily losing to Hillary – NBC News correspondent Chuck Todd diagnosed a clear case of Obama fatigue gripping the nation. Todd spoke this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “This is a country that is fatigued from this president,” he… Continue Reading

Chuck Todd: White House Screwed Up Summers Nomination

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd this morning laid blame directly at the North Portico doorstep for President Obama’s failure to install his favored candidate, Larry Summers, as Fed Chairman, saying the effort was aborted after a “somewhat inept” performance by the White House. The withdrawal by Summers from contention from the post – done after it became… Continue Reading