Nov
02
2010

MTP Panel: Afghan War Politics Will Change. But Will MTP's Coverage?

Wrapping up a panel discussion (10/31/10) on Barack Obama's post-midterm political challenges, NBC reporter Chuck Todd raised the possibility that the Beltway debate on Afghanistan might change:

On Afghanistan, the Democratic caucus that will be left, you brought this up, is going to be a very liberal caucus, very anti-war caucus. This is going to be a political challenge for him like no other. And by the way, a lot of these Tea Party conservatives have all talked about "We don't want to be there forever" in these debates…. They're all like, "I don't want to be nation builders." There may be a bipartisan majority on Afghanistan in Congress, but it may be to start speeding up by the fall.

I find it rather unlikely that there will be many Republicans who will support troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. But let's say they did. Would this affect how Meet the Press covers the Afghan War debate? NBC's Sunday show has tilted strongly in favor of war supporters, even as public support for the war has dropped considerably. It's not a stretch to think that, no matter what happens in the elections today, Meet the Press will still mostly want to hear from the hawks–and only the hawks.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.