Chuck Todd defends slamming Trump, GOP over ‘outright lies,’ calls skepticism of media ‘disease that has stricken so many’

NBC News political director Chuck Todd is highly troubled by things President Trump said this morning:

Today’s POTUS performance was breathtaking in the sheer number of provable falsehoods, intentional mischaracterizations and outright lies uttered. Clearly someone feels emboldened. Will GOP leaders continue to shrug this off? Bury their head in the sand?

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 15, 2018

Todd got some blowback for that.

I’m gonna say you always gave an emboldened pass to others why get self righteous now? https://t.co/IyVTxiUOi6

— Charlie Ballpark (@CharlieBallpark) June 15, 2018

This is what journalism has become – rank punditry and activism with DNC talking points. #IfItsSundayhttps://t.co/PoSjHFolZ7

— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 15, 2018

There wasn’t a smidgen of any of that. 😄 pic.twitter.com/reiFLXvOXk

— VACUOUS CIPHER (@THE_DAILY_BLEAT) June 15, 2018

However, fellow journos came to Todd’s defense and circled the wagons:

The truth is not a partisan position https://t.co/TeDZIuldJW

— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 15, 2018

Sometimes the lying IS the news 👇🏼 https://t.co/CZQQCvBA7I

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 15, 2018

Sadly, probably yes…How else can you explain @SpeakerRyan not knowing anything about 15 separate Pruitt investigations? https://t.co/14juD7VAxN

— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 15, 2018

I’m betting on putting their heads somewhere else. Seriously, the GOP enabling is more despicable than the Trump lying. He’s one disturbed person. It is a collection of supposed political leaders who profess to have values and love for their country. https://t.co/tI4xzUifd3

— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 15, 2018

The “Meet the Press” moderator has also had enough of “fake news” accusations being thrown the media’s way:

Sad to see so many intellectually dishonest folks who think pointing out incorrect facts and blatant misconceptions is evidence of bias. Amazing the disease that has stricken so many

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 15, 2018

Skepticism of the media is a “disease”? You might recall earlier this year that CNN’s Brian Stelter referred to Republican distrust of media as “an infection.” But Todd’s not going to pretend the MSM’s bad reputation isn’t unearned, is he? Perhaps so.

Oh. pic.twitter.com/J8zznQm7LK

— Doc Washburn (@DocWashburn) June 15, 2018

Sometimes media bias is most evident in what they don’t report, rather than what they do report.

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