Chuck Todd was interviewed recently by Rolling Stone’s Peter Wade, where he discussed his upcoming “Meet the Press” special focused “on journalism and the weaponization of disinformation.”

Todd, of course, is an expert on the subject, though not for the reason he thinks. More from Rolling Stone:

Chuck Todd: For the last two or three years we’ve been pondering a social media special like this. Last year we focused on climate change. But had we not done climate change, we were in the social media world thinking about what it was doing to our politics. And then you realize it’s the misinformation. This is bigger than social media. The Ukraine story for me really crystallized it. And for good or bad, our show has been at the forefront of this. The first Sunday of the Trump administration is when the phrase, “alternative facts” was debuted. It was on Meet the Press Rudy that Giuliani used the phrase “Truth isn’t truth.” So look, whether we’d liked it or not, our platform has been used, or they’ve attempted to use our platform to essentially disseminate, or to sort of, what I would say, is lay the groundwork for this.

So I do think one of the things that I want to explore on this is the incentive structure. One of the things we don’t fully appreciate in mainstream media on these attacks is that it’s become fun to attack the press, if that makes sense, on the right. It doesn’t matter if we’re right or wrong, attack them anyway.

This is, to me, the greater challenge we have, which is that pretending the media is a liar or fake news and all this stuff, is sport. Trump has turned this into sport. People that are the loudest chanters of fake news and accusatory of us are the ones who, under a lie detector, would probably take our word over any word they’ve heard from the other side on whether something was poisonous or not. Hannity says drink it, and so-and-so says don’t. Who do you trust? So I do think that is something that this sort of cheering on falsehoods for sport, wow, have we gone off the rails on the right side of the silo of the conversation that’s taking place.

God forbid media firefighters like Chuck Todd take a look in the damn mirror and realize that many of the “attacks” on the press are deserved.

Another question: Why would anyone take Chuck Todd and our media seriously after this interview? Stephen Miller, aka @redsteeze, has just about had it with Todd’s self-righteous indignation over a grave the media dug for themselves:

He’ll be shocked! They’re always the last to know, you know.

So far that you’re oozing out of your own nose.



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