Without David Gregory or Chuck Todd GOP Talking Points Get Challenged On Meet The Press


Chris Jansing was the fill in moderator on Meet The Press, and without David Gregory or Chuck Todd, Republican talking points about the threat of ISIS to America were strongly challenged.




CHRIS JANSING: From your perspective, well, we’ve heard a ramping up of the rhetoric by the administration. How significant a threat is ISIS?

REP. MIKE ROGERS (R-MI): Oh, it’s a very real threat. You saw the very barbaric behavior. And one of the problems is it’s gone unabated for nearly two years, and that draws people from Britain to across Europe, even the United States, to go and join the fight. They see that as a winning ideology, a winning strategy, and they want to be a part of it. And that’s what makes it so dangerous. They are one plane ticket away from U.S. shores. And that’s why we’re so concerned about it.

CHRIS JANSING: But we’ve heard the Pentagon say that, right now, they are not in a position to launch an attack on the United States. Is there any credible intelligence that ISIS is either planning that or has the capability to do it.

REP. MIKE ROGERS: Well, I’m going to dispute that. So we know that, and the number 2,000 of Westerners with Western passports is low. Intelligence has a very different number and it’s much higher than that. And the very fight between Al Qaeda that allowed ISIS to separate from Al Qaeda in Syria was the fact that they wanted to conduct Western-style operations….

CHRIS JANSING: But aren’t we, Congressman, significantly safer than we were on 9/11 in terms of being able to keep those kinds of threats out of the United States?

REP. MIKE ROGERS: Well, we have a better system of trying to do it, but we’re just not configured. We, the United States intelligence services and Department of Defense and administrative policy is not configured in a way to continue a tempo that allows disruption. The reason ISIS is so successful is there was nothing deterring them for years. So they recruited, they financed, they trained. All of that was happening.

And so, yes, we might be okay if we continue the posture that we’re in from a defensive posture. But remember, they get new recruits every single day. And what’s dangerous, think of this: If that’s a British citizen, we believe it was, you have somebody that was watching and participating in the whole exercise of making that video. That individual goes back home and, is again, buys one plane ticket, they’re in the United States. We may or may not know who that individual is. That’s what’s so dangerous about this, and why we can’t let them continue unabated.

CHRIS JANSING: So what do we do about it? We’ve seen what the U.K. has done, for example. They’ve been revoking passports of U.K. citizens who have gone over to Syria to fight so they can’t come back West. Obviously the president is considering a whole range of options. We already have air strikes in Iraq; questions about whether there should be air strikes in Syria. Should there, for example, be more small teams of special ops on the ground to gather more intelligence? What do we do now?

Jansing asked Rep. Rogers (R-MI) is there is any credible intelligence to back up his claim that ISIS is a plane ticket away from attacking the United States, and he never answered the question. Chris Jansing’s questioning of Rogers was very logical. She didn’t let him get away with repeating his talking points unchallenged. In a moment that has been virtually unseen since Tim Russert died, she made him defend his claims.

This is the kind of questioning that viewers want to see on Meet The Press. Jansing challenged her guest with facts. Meet The Press doesn’t need a liberal or a conservative moderator. It needs someone who is prepared and committed to not accepting talking points as answers.

Unfortunately, Chuck “challenging Republican lies isn’t my job” Todd will be taking over the program. Viewers can expect a return to the endless repetition of talking points next month. For one week, it was nice to see a journalist on a Sunday show ask questions that weren’t based on talking points and follow up the answers with deeper questions.

Real journalism made a brief return to Meet The Press. Enjoy it now, because Chuck Todd is coming in September.

42 Replies to “Without David Gregory or Chuck Todd GOP Talking Points Get Challenged On Meet The Press”

  1. There is no function that will make us safe. Not a single one. All they need is several people to enter who have never been accused of being terrorists or appear to be normal Middle Eastern people.

    No war “over there” will stop anyone from entering here. The barefaced lies from these people are embarrassing

  2. As a black male my chances of getting gun down by Officer friendly is much greater than being killed in a terrorist attack.

    Just food for thought

  3. PLEASE keep Jansen as the host of MTP – it becomes an entirely different-far, far better-program!

    I actually watched it – which I have NOT since Gregory took it over.

  4. And then she read cry baby Ezra Klein article pouting about our President.

    During the Africa Summit…she said our President after all was born in Kenya, so Africa is expecting him to do more.

  5. The Owners of teabagism are the owners of the media and in todays world they want their employees to dance to their tune.

  6. “She didn’t let him get away with repeating his talking points unchallenged. In a moment that has been virtually unseen since Tim Russert died, she made him defend his claims.”

    [shakes head, in disgust]

    No, if Russert was still alive and at the helm, there would have been no follow-up. For he would be doing as he always did, and allowing Rogers to claim anything he wished, for Rogers is a republican. Russert had two sets of interviewing standards. One for republicans and a different one for democrats. He was not some paragon of journalistic virtue. He was a beltway hack, who always represented the corporate view, above all else.

  7. That is just plain ignorance. Why would Africa expect the President or the west to continue to exploit the resources?
    Look at this map
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    With all that wealth its not benefiting the people? And if any leader say no more the next morning you will be hearing about a coup getting rid of that leader.

    When she said that it reminds me of what Kipling said. “The white mans burden”

  8. That may be true, and you can thank those who are burning and looting and killing their neighbors for making sure you get ‘profiled’ in the future… Its ludicrous to come in here and decry All Police Officers as bad people, out to get you, as though black neighborhoods are utopias and somehow misinterpreted and misjudged…

  9. I didn’t read where he said that all police are bad, did you read something that I didn’t? The cold hard facts are that a black man IS more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.

  10. First of all you don’t what you are talking so please before you sound stupid or even worse you need to just be quiet. For the record every 28 hours a African American is killed by the police. How many were killed by your boogyman the terrorist? What’s that sound I hear? Oh yeah CRICKETS.

    BUT don’t feel so smug in your supremacy because your shit stinks just as bad

    The Staggeringly High—And Shockingly Under-Reported—Rate of White on White Murder
    Why doesn’t Bill O’Reilly spout off about this epidemic of violence?
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  11. Like so many willfully ignorant observers you need to learn the difference between Rioters (looters and shooters), and peaceful protesters.

  12. Finally a realistic opinion of Russert. He very rarely challenged a politician – esp. one with an R behind his name. If these hacks question a pol or challenge their “facts”, they stop coming on the shows.

  13. Why is Mike Rogers on weekly now? He is NOT running for re-election; he has done NOTHING while in Congress; he is going back to full-time gig of being a Limpballs Wannabe on Hate Radio. Irrelevant man with no knowledge.

  14. I emailed my compliments on the job Chris Jansing did on MTP today and let them know how I feel about Chuck Todd. Maybe enough comments would convince them Todd’s not the guy we want to see every Sunday morning.

    Use this email address for MTP comments:

  15. I completely agree with the points made here. We watched this morning and it was very refreshing!

    My husband and I agreed that it was the first time in a long time that we found the show interesting and balanced. We figure the most hopeful thing we have going right now is if Chuck Todd is on a long, looooong vacation!

  16. I watched this morning and it was good. The public wants & needs a moderator that can be Impartial, non-political and can really ask the questions that need to be asked. Great job Chis…..

  17. I don’t know why you think Russert was anything but a corporate stooge. Bob Woodward learned from Bush administration insiders that Russert was their preferred media outlet, because he uncritically aired their propaganda. Aluminum tubes? He didn’t ask if there were administration officials who disagreed on their importance. Drones of Death? Ditto, even though it was a ridiculous claim. Niger Yellowcake? Zzzzz…

  18. MSM is repub owned and repub corp board run. Mike Rogers is off to a radio talk show after his term is over. The radio stations are almost all owned by repubs too. I listen to WCPT Chicago progressive talk online since the Detroit Progressive talk radio station ended a couple of years ago. So dangerous that both sides are not presented to the people with the same amount of access.

  19. Exactly. And folks need to understand that people have a right to peaceful protest. You might not agree with the issue being protested, but you need to realize that they have the right to do so. That is what is important and that is what needs to be protected.

  20. I do know the law bent over backwards for the Bundy protest even with weapons aimed at them. Maybe that’s the answer have your guns at the ready to protest. Oh Flying Spaghetti Monster have mercy on us

  21. Todd is worse than the jerk he is replacing. NBC sucks. Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Huntley and Brinkley are all rolling in their graves.

  22. This is the 1st Meet the Press, that I consider non partisan, since Tim Russert. Chris Jansing did a superb job…..

  23. Cancelling passports? They will just do as the Iranians did in Thailand and get false ones and board MH370. Besides Rogers is not a ME specialist and spews the neo con rhetoric. al Qa
    eda had very little to do with 9/11. Saudis did !! The Brzezinski doctrine alive and well in the Pentagon. The US will never dominate Central Asia…and now with the Neo libs coming along representing the bankster of Wall Street needing to control the transfer of payments by nations for their oil and to make a presence against Dubai entry into the financial big shots…we will keep hearing persons like Rogers babble BS. When is the next false flag on US soil?

  24. It’s about time the rubber chicken circuit talking points got challenged to have a meaningful discussion. Chris, you go girl.

  25. NBC really messed up replacing Gregory with Todd if they want to get their ratings up. Todd is just another right winger who will never question the lies that come from the right wingers. Todd will fail to get viewers like me to start watching that show again, which I stopped watching after the first show that Gregory moderated after Tim’s death. If I wanted to watch nothing but a platform for the idiots on the right to spew their total BS, I would watch Fake News.

  26. …for the first time in a couple o’ decades or more I actually watched MTP instead o’ heading for the Sci-Fi channel…this is why on weekdays, and part o’ weekends I watch MSNBC, and the rest o’ the time I leave the TV off and concentrate on WoW…
    Pity that the NBC heads are so stupid as to not take advantage of this rising star…

  27. Chris Jansing is a smart and very intelligent young woman. She doesn’t let them give her the run around. Time they started to place their staff where they do the best job. Todd is just washy washy. He doesn’t go after the points that really need to be made. Just state your position and off you go,never challenge the guest. That is why people are frustrated with all these program’s. The host lets them get away with any kind of crap they spent and never challenges them.

  28. Republicans are once again beating the drum of war. If they take over the Senate, our sons and daughters will be sent off to fight another war of desire vs. a war of necessity.

  29. NFL teams give their rookie quarterbacks a trial before picking a starter.
    MSNBC jumped the gun on Chuck Todd.
    Take a long second look look at Chris Jansing now before it’s too late.
    It’ll be a lot harder to dump Chuck later on.

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