Harry Reid Rips Chuck Todd and the Corporate Media for Covering for Republicans


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.

22 Replies to “Harry Reid Rips Chuck Todd and the Corporate Media for Covering for Republicans”

  1. The sad thing is chucky t head is so far up his ass he didn’t comprehend what Reid was telling him

  2. More Democratic Party members need to do numerous interviews, press conferences , writing to the editors of papers. All need to unitedly bring attention to the numerous costs to the public, of the GOP Nonsense of obstruction and repeated wasted committee costs. Let us not forget the cost for shutting down the Federal Government as well. Time to put the GOP feet to the fire!

  3. Obstructionism can also take the form of widespread agreement to oppose policies from the other side, regardless of any efforts at compromise.
    An example is the agreement by a group of Republican politicians at a meeting on January 20, 2009 when Republican strategist Frank Luntz met with seven Republican representatives, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions, Jeb Hensarling, Pete Hoekstra, and Dan Lungren and five Republican senators, Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Ensign, and Bob Corker. Newt Gingrich was also in attendance.
    The agreement included among other things that they were to “Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies.” Eight days later the Minority Whip, Eric Cantor, held the House Republicans to a unanimous “No” vote against Obama’s economic stimulus plan. At the end of the meeting Newt Gingrich said “You’ll remember this day. You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.


  4. I found this segment of that same interview, on The Fix (Chris Cillizza)…


    …And this one via Noah Rothman’s byline at Mediaite…


    I noticed Chuck Todd did the “tit for tat” argument again in the second video above (on Andrea Mitchell’s program). And the ubiquitous Chris Cilizza parrotted the same blather.

    All four are GOP watercarriers.

    I wonder how many out-of-context segments this interview has been broken up into?

  5. Wouldn’t be afraid to find out one day that the majority of these “journalists” are PAID to say what they say, and not just by the networks they work for. They are bought and paid for, just like the crooked politicians they either give a pass to or sing praises to.

  6. Management keeps him for the same reason they keep David Gregory & Morning Joe – to protect & promote the Rethuglicans. Destroying NBC/MSNBC from within.

  7. I totally agree with you, Nina!!! The days of good journalism is over. They slant the truth to meet their talking points, and I think they are directly told what to say…. the only one I know in journalism today that doesn’t do that is Rachel Maddow… she does tend to get on my nerves at times when she hammers the point over and over again….but she researches, and reports the truth… if she gets it wrong on occasion, she corrects and apologizes for her error….she owns her stories in every way possible. Chuck Todd, and David Gregory are republican shills…. I love Brian Williams, but all he does is read the news….

  8. The same Chuck Todd who acted like a complete scared little boy wimp when asking a question to the Bush crime family. When a liberal becomes president though ole Chucky boy suddenly found his man pants. Dump this conservative propagandizing fake from MSNBC so he can run over to faux where he belongs and so obviously wants to work for. I am not suggesting MSNBC is some progressive alternative to the conservative echo chambers of CNN or faux. MSNBC for me is center right with a mild liberal tilt on primetime nights.

  9. Yes, I would tend to agree with you… but the MSNBC Nightly line up is what we need.. AND WE NEED TO KEEP THAT IN MIND! THIS IS A CORPORATION RAN BY REPUBLITHUGS but we sure cannot rely on CNN, HLN and definitely not FAUX NOISE. THEY ARE WORSE THAN A TABLIOD! Aljazeera has become one of my better networks.. but the line involving Tamron, Joy, Alex and then the best, ED, THE REV, CHRIS, RACHEL AND LAWRENCE.. and they put them on to compete against the idiots at Faux! New legislation needs to be implemented that if you are reporting the news, YOU CANNOT LIE! This is why FAUX is not accepted in Canada as a new station, but a pay TV entertainment station! We must stick by our MSNBC LIBERALS… there is no other like them! They fired Keith and Martin for telling the truth. Remember, they got rid of Ed too.. but you see he is back!

  10. Chuckie and the rest of the “fake journalist” have sold their souls to insure they can continue to PRETEND THEY ARE EDUCATED TRUE JOURNALIST.

  11. When you look at Chuck Todd you see what a person who has forfeited truth and integrity just to advance his own career. When one sells their soul, payment always comes due someway somehow.

  12. i like msnbc but truth in advertizing of anything is what i want to see unbiased is good but truth is a must!

  13. Todd is only as good as those who controls what he is allowed to do.

    As for Mr. Reid, why all of a sudden now, is he jumping on the wagon, about what the GOP is doing?

    We are being conned by both political groups. Everyone up top, getting rich, eating well, having the best medical insurance, while at the bottom….well we are getting both ends of the cess pool.

  14. I am so sick of these so called journalist shading the truth. They forget their job is to report the news! I have seen too many reporters trying to bait Democrats, Georgie from This Week is a good example(ABC). Senator Warren was on her show to talk about student loans , and all Georgie wanted to do was talk about Hillary! I miss the old days when the Media was referred to as the 4th Estate . Walter Concrite was the last of the great Newsmen. Gregory and Todd wish they had half the talent, and guts of our last echo from the 4th estate !

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