We’ve had some fun with journalist David Sirota before, but we can’t argue that he’s hit the nail right on the head today after seeing this tweet from last Friday by NBC News’ Chuck Todd:
If you work in American politics or in the Gov’t on any level and your first reaction to today’s Mueller indictment is NOT ”how are we going to prevent this from happening again and how are we going to punish Russia,” then you need to rethink your priorities as a citizen.
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 16, 2018
“If you work in the government on any level”; i.e., you’re President Trump. We get it.
You can totally agree with this tweet or totally disagree with it. But in general, it debunks the notion that the Washington press corps is “objective,” “impartial” and non-ideological. https://t.co/pgVFu7iysy
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 19, 2018
That was exactly our thought. In other words, Todd is upset that Trump, who’s been dogged by the press for more than a year with charges of colluding with Russia, reacted by saying there was no collusion between his campaign and Putin.
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
So, Chuck Todd, what do you have to say about Barack Obama’s priorities as president when he did nothing about Russian meddling until after the election?
Great point, Chuck. Quick follow-up: when does the indictment say the illicit activity began and who was president when that happened? https://t.co/i01BhpLxPw
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 16, 2018
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) February 16, 2018
It's like 2002 all over again: our media stars are decreeing that it is the duty of every patriotic citizen to maintain at the forefront of our minds the question of how we will "punish Russia." Please, Chuck, enlighten us: what should the US do, specifically, to "punish Russia"? https://t.co/dYObwH3phy
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 19, 2018
Mindless desire for "punishment" animates the worst impulses in American society, from criminal justice to foreign policy https://t.co/n0eDKsoVZJ
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) February 19, 2018
I can't believe we're going to end up going to war with Russia over twitter bots and facebook ads. https://t.co/KisFU9LYdx
— A. Myers (@AndrewMyers5) February 19, 2018
— Varles Barkley (@Varles14) February 19, 2018
Ok I'll bite Chuck Todd: how do you propose to prevent Russians from posting stuff on the internet? https://t.co/NiZ9h2kKM4
— soncharm (@soncharm) February 17, 2018
No self-awareness whatsoever ? https://t.co/ekndeIb9OH
— Sally Albright (@SallyAlbright) February 17, 2018
Partisanship is a hell of a drug https://t.co/HTGyGffJpj
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) February 18, 2018
It’s downright precious when journos tell me how to properly citizen. https://t.co/i7Tofl6OUh
— Will (@Oil_Guns_Merica) February 17, 2018
Who else is tired of the preaching from the mainstream press? https://t.co/OJki6G0uIZ
— Frenz (@RAFrenzy) February 19, 2018
Ya know, Chuck, many Americans have the ability to think for themselves, process data, review propaganda on all sides and make a decision. We don't really need safespaces, or the likes of you to tell us how to think. Its called American exceptionalism. You should try it sometime https://t.co/Y997Gj9NNW
— Peoples Lobbyist (@PeoplesLobbyist) February 19, 2018
Spare me your witty opinions Chuckie. https://t.co/Q4Ny5xNIR5
— John (@JHTrend) February 19, 2018
You spent the better part of a year telling us that Americans – specifically the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – were behind this plot… Now you’re surprised that people’s first reaction is to question folks like you? https://t.co/asJg4aViGW
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) February 16, 2018
Now that the Press story collapsed maybe you should apologize on behalf of the Press to the American people. https://t.co/imQuFt0ujL
— Lee Doren (@LDoren) February 16, 2018
Chuck Todd, who covered Trump to the exclusion of the Dem primary and other GOP candidates, thinks Russia should be punished for election interference. Meanwhile, Chuck and his friends purposefully boosted Trump at HRC’s request, but that’s not gaming an election in Todd’s eyes. https://t.co/2MAJtoxm5c
— Jason ??? (@ArktinenJenkki) February 19, 2018
You are the last person I would believe about anything https://t.co/qG7Idv83VN
— lj ritter (@bernierockson) February 19, 2018
For the record, @chucktodd's first reaction to 13 Russians "attacking" us with memes was to suggest on air that Russia was the hidden source of a lot of American division.
Good citizen? Maybe. But definitely a bad journalist & horrible judge of the scale & meaning of events. https://t.co/Bs4LUvvcQj
— Tilly Lally (@LallyTilly) February 19, 2018
Andrea Mitchell hopes Paul Ryan can explain the 'reality' of the Mueller indictments to Trump https://t.co/BRXfzIrDwB
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 18, 2018