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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.

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

  1. I’ve mentioned it here before…members of the MSM have called him Hitler, his wife a whore, and his son retarded. Is that showing respect for the office of the presidency or the President himself, Mr. Todd?

    I don’t care what he says about any of them.

    • Little Chuckie Todd is the textbook example of “They can dish it out, but they sure can’t take it when it comes back at them.” Poor little snowflakes.

  2. The lefty, anti-Trump MSM doesn’t get it, doesn’t understand that the people who voted for MrTrump were offended to be called racists, sexists, deplorable humans, and uneducated.
    He never called out any of his cohorts in the MSM for placing insults on ordinary voters, he didn’t tell any Dem that calling MrTrump is “Hitler” or a Russian stooge isn’t polite, but he gets miffed when he’s called out. Tough. Suck it up. Get used to it. Live with it – and every other cliché that works.

  3. Just remember, members of the media. that Donald Trump says that when he is attacked, he hits back. Hard. He holds his fire until he is attacked, then he lets loose.