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Politics Chuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism

07:35  21 november  2021
07:35  21 november  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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109k members in the Liberal community. His is one of the worst shows on MSNBC,only behind Sharpton on Sundays and Mr. Interrupter Chris Matthews. I watch Nicole Wallace before, and Ari Melber after, skip on annoying Chuck Todd .

NBC Political Director Chuck Todd argued this week that media bias does not exist, with the "Meet the Press" moderator declaring that the industry needs to join him in fighting back on what he characterized as just a GOP talking point.

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"The Republicans have been running on, 'There's a liberal bias in the media,'" Todd said in an interview with The Verge. "If you say something long enough, there are liberals who say there's a liberal bias in the media when you see polling now."

"We should have fought back better in the mainstream media. We shouldn't [have] accepted the premise that there was liberal bias," Todd later added. "We ended up in this both-sides trope. We bought into the idea that, oh my God, we're perceived as having a liberal bias."

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How would Todd also explain that 84 percent of those polled by Gallup say the news media bears responsibility for partisan division in this country?

Todd also teed up a number of softball questions for the president, like “Do you think you’ve been more successful in business or the presidency?” and “Do you speak to any of the former presidents?” As it turns out, no one should be more disappointed in the Meet the Press host’s disastrous display than Chuck Todd himself. After all, it was only last September that Todd had his “mad as hell/not going to take anymore” moment on the pages of The Atlantic . Decrying “the campaign to destroy the legitimacy of the American news media” and the press’s failure “to defend our work in real time from this

So very much to unpack here from the guy who will never be confused with the great Tim Russert, who held both sides accountable without smugness during his run at the helm of "Meet the Press" before his far-too-early passing at the age of 58 in 2008.

Question: If media bias doesn't exist, if it's just conservatives making it up out of thin air, how do the following facts exist?

The New York Times - the so-called paper of record - has not endorsed a Republican presidential candidate dating back 14 elections to 1956. That means endorsing Democrats George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, who won a combined 12 states over three elections. Talk about a disconnect.

The Washington Post, once home to Woodward and Bernstein, and the winner of 69 Pulitzer Prizes, has never endorsed a GOP presidential candidate in its history.

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Chuck Todd is rapidly becoming the worst news commentator out there. He botched the Trump interview, he frequently let's people off the hook and doesn't pursue. I didn't watch the debate, but (from the article) where Todd reportedly asked the candidates to "use one word to define the world's greatest threat," I would have hoped at least some of them would have told him how juvenile a concept that was and so beneath the standards of actual journalism -- or perhaps would have channeled Jon Stewart.

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Speaking of endorsements, before the 2016 presidential election - and therefore before the Trump era in Washington - 57 of 59 major U.S. newspapers endorsed the Democratic nominee that year.

And how would Todd explain this Axios/Survey Monkey poll (which partners with NBC News) finding that 79 percent of those in the middle (independents) say news organizations "report news they know to be fake or false" at least sometimes in order to advance a narrative? If bringing in the red and blue teams, 92 percent of Republicans feel the same way, along with even a majority of Democrats (53 percent).

How would Todd also explain that 84 percent of those polled by Gallup say the news media bears responsibility for partisan division in this country? That's some Jedi mind trick the GOP has going for itself.

How about this study from Harvard University that found 93 percent of NBC News' coverage of Donald Trump's first 100 days in office was negative, matching CNN's negativity. The aforementioned Times clocked in at 87 percent negative, the Post at 83 percent.

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Videos by OutKick. Chuck Todd doesn’t see a liberal bias in the media. In an interview with The Verge, Todd claimed the notion is a tiresome GOP talking point that others have come to believe. “The Republicans have been running on, ‘There’s a liberal bias in the media,'” Todd says. “If you say something long enough, there are liberals who say there’s a liberal bias in the media when you see polling now.”. “The Republicans have subsumed all of this, and it’s turned into this. We should have fought back better in the mainstream media.

Liberal bias in the media, like conservative bias in the media, is a function of the market. If you look at the Alexa rankings for major news sources they pretty much conform demographically to the attitudes of the country as a whole. I'm very much of the Dan Carlin school of journalism where they should be borderline combative to those in power in the way that they demand answers. The bit on Meet the Press between Carly Fiorina and Chuck Todd about watching a non-existent video of an abortion is the perfect example.

Compare that to President Biden's first 100 days, which delivered 59 percent positive coverage, according to the Media Research Center. Although the studies come from different organizations, that's a 142-point swing from negative to positive despite inflation, skyrocketing violent crime, an insecure border and an ongoing pandemic.

Also from Gallup just this month on public confidence: The two least trusted institutions across government, business, police, education, the judiciary and the media found the following two entities at the very bottom of the list: Congress, with 12 percent confidence, and broadcast news media, with 16 percent confidence.

For context, small business topped the list with 70 percent approval, while police saw an increase from the previous year, with 51 percent now trusting the men and women in blue despite an onslaught of negative coverage and portrayals that have helped lead to record retirements and resignations.


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And then there's the phenomenon of bombshells that dominate news cycles, only to be debunked later.

Question for Chuck Todd: Why is it that seemingly every huge breaking-news story that ends up being hopelessly wrong is originally weaponized against one party (Republican) to benefit the other (Democratic)? Why do these mistakes only go in one direction?

In the past few months alone, we've seen that what the media dubbed a reckless conspiracy theory - Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) claim last year that COVID-19 may have come from a Chinese lab - is now considered a real possibility and is being investigated.

We've seen the Russian bounties-on-U.S. troops story, which was weaponized before the 2020 election, has been debunked.

Trump ordering park police in D.C. to use tear gas on "mostly peaceful" protesters was another huge story last summer. But a Justice Department inspector general's report released last month says it wasn't true after all.

For a definitive look at media "mistakes" in the Trump era alone, check out journalist Sharyl Attkisson's list, featuring a whopping 155 examples.

And speaking of "mostly peaceful protests," feel free to explain away this coverage as unbiased during last year's "Summer of Love" that included hundreds of police injured and some killed, along with billions of dollars in damage in American cities.

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Of course, bias comes in many forms, particularly the bias of omission, and particularly as it pertained to the media blackout of Hunter Biden before the 2020 election in what sure looked to many like an effort to protect his father.

Todd was confronted on his own handling of this very topic by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) earlier this year. "This was started when the mainstream media dropped any pretense of being unbiased and actually chose sides during this election," Johnson told Todd on his program. "This fire was started when you completely ignored, for example, our investigation of Hunter Biden, 'You know, no evidence of wrongdoing there,' and now we find out after the election, 'You know, there is a fair amount of evidence, to the point where we have a real FBI investigation.'"

"Senator!" Todd interjected. "All right, I've had enough of hearing this!

"You know, I've had enough of this too," Johnson shot back.

Most Americans certainly have had enough as well.

Bob Woodward, one of the few remaining objective journalists, summed matters up best when speaking about the media a few years back. "I worry, I worry for the business, for the perception of the business, not just Trump supporters, they see that smugness," Woodward told Axios in 2017. "I think you can ride both horses, intensive inquiry, investigation, not letting up ... at the same time, realize that it's not our job to do an editorial."

Chuck Todd is supposed to engage in the intensive inquiry and investigation of which Woodward spoke. Instead, the NBC moderator does an awful lot of editorializing. And he's living in a fantasyland, because no lucid person - in this business, or watching or reading at home - can deny that media bias is very real.

It is a very real problem, too, especially since there are those in some pretty prominent positions in media who continue to deny it even exists.

Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.

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