Laura Ingraham challenged NBC’s Chuck Todd to “bring it on” in a scathing rebuke over his attack of Fox News.
Todd urged journalists to fight back against conservative claims of bias in an op-ed written in The Atlantic, slamming Fox News for generating hostility and mistrust toward the press.
“Bring it on, Chuck,” Ingraham said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday.
“The American press corps finds itself on the ropes because it allowed a nearly 50-year campaign of attacks inspired by the chair of Fox News to go unanswered…,” Todd wrote in the article that highlighted “a nearly 50-year campaign of vilification, inspired by Fox News’s Roger Ailes.”
“The idea that our work will speak for itself is hopelessly naive. Fox, Limbaugh, and the rest of the Trump echo chamber have proved that,” he wrote.
Ingraham blasted the “Meet the Press” host for “lecturing Fox.”
“So let me get this straight. While NBC is embroiled in multiple scandals, including completely blowing it on the Weinstein sexual assault story, Chuck Todd is telling Fox and others how to handle its business? Nice try,” Ingraham said, referring to the network’s defense of its decision not to run with an investigation of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
In a memo, NBC defended itself after a former news investigation unit producer shed light on the network’s “massive breach of journalistic integrity” in hindering the report by Ronan Farrow, who contends even the NBC memo “contains numerous false or misleading statements.”
“They see that Fox, most nights, most of the time, is blowing the other networks out in the ratings,” Ingraham said. “Not always, but we do pretty well. Instead of having an actual debate on the issues, it’s ‘Trump’s bad, Fox is bad, Fox hosts are bad.’”
The Fox News host read Farrow’s statement accusing NBC of blocking him from reporting n Weinstein.
“So covering up, it looks like, for a pal of the network or a pal of the executives, and now lecturing Fox? Get out of town,” Ingraham said after reading the statement.
Guest panelist Tammy Bruce called out Todd’s record and slammed him for his call for the press to fight back.
“He can fight back by actually doing his job,” the author and political commentator said.
Ingraham called it “classic blame-shifting,” noting that “taking shots at Fox is something of a cottage industry.”
President Trump slammed “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd” in a tweet on Tuesday, declaring that the press has been “fighting back” since he announced his presidential campaign.
Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake NBC News said it’s time for the Press to stop complaining and to start fighting back. Actually Chuck, they’ve been doing that from the day I announced for President. They’ve gone all out, and I WON, and now they’re going CRAZY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
“They’ve gone all out, and I WON, and now they’re going CRAZY!” he said.
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