During his interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) ripped Todd and other Beltway journalists for not being honest about what the Republican Party is doing.
Chuck Todd tried to float the old both sides do it false equivalency to explain why the Senate is obstructed, but Harry Reid was having none of it. Reid said, “One of the problems the has with modern-day journalism is everything you do a tit for tat. You won’t call things the way they actually exist. What has happened here is that the Republicans have stopped everything from happening, and there’s no question that that meeting took place. That was the agreement made. They know who was there. They know what has happened since then, so you can give me the tit for tat all you want, but the fact is we want to legislate. We want to legislate and take votes.”
Sen. Reid spoke the truth. Chuck Todd is one of the biggest purveyors of the Republican talking point infused Beltway media groupthink. Todd is a reliable talking head that will always suggest that both sides do it, when the reality is that one side held a meeting after President Obama took office and decided that they were going to obstruct the Obama agenda.
The media has been covering up for the Republicans, and it was good to hear Harry Reid call it out. No matter what people like Chuck Todd want to claim, both sides aren’t doing it. One side has decided to shut down the legislative process. Democrats are still managing to accomplish some remarkable things despite the obstruction, but Chuck Todd doesn’t want to talk about the ugly politics of Republican obstruction. Instead, Todd is living in a magical land where both sides do it, and all politics is an extended version of the election horse race that the mainstream press is so addicted to.
Chuck Todd got called out on his BS, but that won’t stop him from not reporting the way things really are, and who is responsible for the congressional gridlock.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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