Oct
23
2014

Chuck Todd, Militarism and Media Diversity

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Chuck Todd wants to make Meet the Press more diverse–but he doesn't appear willing to try all that hard.

Oct
20
2014

When 'Washington Is Broken' Isn't the Story

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The United States does not have a surgeon general because Washington works–for the gun lobby.

Oct
17
2014

FAIR TV: ABC's Factcheck Fail, Chuck Todd's DQ, and Malala's Message

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ABC botches an easy ISIS factcheck, and NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Senate candidate who gave an iffy response to a trivial question. Plus Malala Yousafzai wins the Nobel Peace Prize–but US media doesn't seem interested in her peace message.

Oct
15
2014

Chuck Todd Disqualifies a Senate Candidate

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NBC's Chuck Todd "disqualifies" a Kentucky Democrat based on an inconsequential "gaffe" that says more about him than anyone else.

Sep
22
2014

What Chuck Todd Talks About Instead of Talking About Climate

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Not talking about the largest climate march in history left Chuck Todd with some time to fill up on NBC's Meet the Press.

Sep
03
2014

Chuck Todd's Theory of Politics

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Todd's critics are upset by the failure of journalism act as a check on government power, and to process-style political journalism that crowds out reporting on issues of actual substance.

May
30
2014

Brian Williams Frantically Tries to Prove He's No Glenn Greenwald

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Before NBC aired its Edward Snowden special, its evening newscast presented a lengthy report presenting the case against the NSA whistleblower.

Apr
22
2014

Obama's 'Manhood Problem'–and Media's Humanity Problem

David Brooks says the Middle East thinks Obama has a "manhood" problem.

Mar
03
2014

Russia, Ukraine and 'US Prestige'

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Pundits worry about US 'prestige' and the weakness of Barack Obama.

Feb
03
2014

Obama's Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

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NBC news personalities Chuck Todd and David Gregory wondered if Obama would seize the Keystone XL decision as an important historical moment. Not to take a stand against climate change and the burning of untapped fossil fuels–but to do something Republicans might like.

Oct
17
2013

The Media's 'New American Center' Is Well to the Left of the Media

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Media don't tend to define The Center as "Things Most People Support," because letting people know that most Americans support raising taxes on the wealthy, cutting military spending or providing single-payer healthcare would make the elite political debate seem like it's well to the right of the public.

Sep
24
2013

David Gregory, Health Law Fact Injector

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Meet the Press host David Gregory tried to take a different approach from his colleague Chuck Todd. Unfortunately, his attempted factcheck didn't really clarify much.

Sep
18
2013

Inform the Public? Not My Job, Says Chuck Todd

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd's declaration that it's not his job to inform viewers when politicians spread misinformation was noted by several progressive blogs today, including Talking Points Memo. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe today (9/18/13), Todd responded to Ed Rendell's claim that Obamacare opponents are full of misinformation about the program by explaining that this was because Republicans¬† "have successfully messaged against it." But wasn't journalism's job to expose misinformation? No, Todd insisted; if the public was misinformed about the Affordable Care Act, it was the president's fault for not pushing back: What I always love is people […]