After Fox News host Sean Hannity was outed earlier this week as a client of President Donald Trump’s beleaguered attorney Michael Cohen, members of the liberal media expected the top-rated network to punish the host for not previously revealing this connection to his viewers.
“Going to find out what kind of org Fox is today. No serious news org would allow someone this conflicted to cover this story,” one liberal media figure, NBC host Chuck Todd, tweeted Tuesday morning.
When Fox instead issued a statement in defense of Hannity, Todd lashed out, saying on air, “I am stunned that Fox had no punitive response!”
“Not a ‘Sean Hannity must disclose every night,’ not a ‘He can’t cover this story,’ not a ‘He’s been suspended for the week.’ Nothing! Not a single thing!”
But others immediately returned fire by highlighting Todd’s own alleged conflicts of interest, including his wife’s connections to some of the political figures frequently interviewed by him on his NBC program, “Meet the Press.”
In 2016 the NBC host interviewed then-Democrat presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine three separate times without once informing his audience that his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, had donated to Kaine’s successful 2012 Senate campaign, as noted by NewsBusters.
Todd likewise said nothing during his interviews in 2016 with then-Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, despite his wife’s campaign advisory firm, Maverick Mail & Strategies, having performed work for the candidate earlier that year.
Numerous people, including Hannity himself, tore into the host on Twitter for this hypocrisy:
Turns out Chuck Todd has multiple conflicts of interest, his family has financial dealings and ties with several of the politicians he gives air time to on his show and he doesn't disclose it on the air: https://t.co/m7gw3MzCGU
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) April 21, 2018
The NBC host responded to the backlash during an appearance Friday morning on radio hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernie McGuirk’s show, according to Fox News.
“That’s my wife. That’s not me. I think it’s a ridiculous place that we’re in in society that it’s guilt by association,” Todd said in what seemed like an attempt to portray himself as a victim.
He reportedly added that his wife “didn’t sign up to work at NBC” and that she’s an “individual thinker” who may do as she pleases.
“You’re trying to sully me because my wife is an individual thinker in her life,” he said.
But he completely missed the point, which is that if he expects Hannity to reveal his personal dealings to his audience, then he should be equally transparent about the personal dealings of his family.
It seems like a simple enough concept, yet it’s one that for some inexplicable reason continues to evade the liberal media host’s mind. Odd.
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