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MSNBC opinion host Chuck Todd — a rabid Trump-hater — laughably claimed that his left-wing network is objective and has no editorial bias on the channel’s daytime TV shows.
Reminder: In February, Todd was slammed by Bernie Sanders supporters as a Joe Biden apologist who compared them to Nazis.
Todd made the remarks defending MSNBC’s alleged objectivity during a debate with Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director. The debate was moderated by Katy Tur on her daily show.
“Just a reminder, for what it’s worth, there is no editorial point of view here on any of these newscasts on MSNBC in the daytime,” Todd sniffed.
Todd was reacting after Murtaugh slammed MSNBC for criticizing Trump rallies amid the coronavirus crisis while praising Black Lives Matter protests and riots, which are packed like sardines.
MSNBC also fawned over the crowded funeral of George Floyd, whose May 25 death was the catalyst for the recent race riots.
“I don’t recall MSNBC or CNN being concerned about the safety of people who attended those [Black Lives Matter] gatherings,” Murtaugh said. “But suddenly, when it involves a President Trump rally, then of course ‘these safety measures are paramount.’ But when it’s a large gathering with a political message that MSNBC agrees with, suddenly safety measures are on the back burner.”
To underscore MSNBC’s “objectivity,” an enraged Katy Tur — who was supposed to moderate the discussion — launched into an emotional tirade.
Tur ranted: “We’ll note the president is the only one having indoor rallies or events of that scale in the entire country. We just saw the images of those rallies, people were not wearing masks inside the president’s rally. No social distancing being practiced. You can say you handed out hand sanitizer and gave out masks.”
Murtaugh wryly quipped: “I appreciate that speech.”
Earlier in the debate, Murtaugh accused Katy of lying, when she blamed Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt’s positive COVID test this week on last month’s Trump rally in Tulsa.
“That’s actually completely inaccurate assertion,” Murtaugh said. “Our rally in Tulsa was 25 days ago, so to associate the Governor’s positive test today with something that occurred 25 days ago is really- it’s not fair to connect those two events.”
Tim continued: “We took extraordinary steps to protect the people who came to the rally at Tulsa. We gave every single attendee a temperature check. We gave every attendee a mask. We provided more hand sanitizers than any large group of people could ever possibly use.”
Murtaugh pointed out that no such precautions were taken during the countless Black Lives Matter protests and riots during the past two months.
People gather at Black Lives Matter plaza in Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/xyEwI2Oacr
— The Hill (@thehill) June 6, 2020
Murtaugh recalled: “There was no such organized effort to protect the safety of the people who engaged in these massive protests in city after city. And I don’t recall MSNBC or CNN being concerned about the safety of people who attended those gatherings.”
My kids are still out of school and I’ve still not been able to have a memorial service for my dad who died over two months ago, because social distancing was supposedly just so damn important. I feel like I can’t stress that enough. https://t.co/hBiKnliVDT
— Steve Gracin (@stephengracin) June 6, 2020
To refute Chuck Todd’s claim that he has “no editorial point of view,” it bears noting that in April 2019, Todd accused Attorney General William Barr of “gaslighting” the public and pushing a “conspiracy theory” when Barr said the Obama FBI had spied on President Trump and his aides when they were private citizens.
There’s a mountain of evidence supporting this assertion.
— Herbert / Parler: @HerbertReed (@Herbert_L_Reed) July 17, 2019
What was laughable about Todd’s screeching is that he, MNSBC, CNN and the left-wing mainstream media were the ones that gaslit the public by pushing the discredited Steele Dossier and promoting the debunked “Russia collusion” hoax.
And then — after Robert Mueller’s final report concluded that there was no evidence of collusion — the media still refuse to acknowledge that they had breathlessly pushed fake news for three years.
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