Conspiracy theorist and Russia hoaxer Chuck Todd kicked off his show Meet the Press on NBC Sunday lecturing the White House for pushing ‘alternative facts.’ How he keeps his food down while spewing this sludge-filled hypocrisy is a mystery.
Todd has been on a tear about falsehoods. He is still hung up on a three-year-old statement President Donald Trump made about crowd size at his inauguration.
He was joined by New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, all blasting the Trump administration for waging war on ‘fact-based reporting.’
Todd has used his platform to push disinformation and falsehoods about the Trump campaign using Russia to win the election while discrediting FBI spying and reports of malicious, biased conduct.
In February 2017 Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton drubbed Todd on Meet the Press for pushing stories from ‘anonymous sources’ about the Russia hoax. The Russia collusion narrative, found in the dossier pushed by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Democrats, was later totally discredited by former special counsel Robert Mueller and more recently by the report on FISA abuse by Inspector General Micheal Horowitz.
Todd was quick to latch on to a CNN story filled with titillating but unproven allegations from anonymous sources. He was demanding answers as to when the Senate would call for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s ties to the Trump administration.
“What point is it in the best interest of the country to sort of take it away from elected partisans at this point,” Todd enquired.
“There are no allegations of any crime occurring,” said Cotton. “There’s not even indication that there’s criminal investigations underway by the FBI as opposed to counter intelligence investigations,” he added. He told Todd that then Attorney General Jeff Sessions would determine whether a special prosecutor was needed based on evidence that turned up as the FBI pursued its investigation.
“Well, I think that’s far down the road from what our inquiry might reveal in the Intelligence Committee or what the FBI’s inquiries might reveal. That’s something that can be decided down the road, but right now there’s no credible evidence of these contacts beyond anonymous sources in the media. And I’ve got to tell you, anonymous sources can’t always be trusted,” said Cotton.
Todd retorted, ”Anonymous sources are how we find out about a lot of scandal in this country.”
Cotton chided Todd saying, “You cannot credit stories that are based on anonymous sources. You should look into them especially if you’re in a position of responsibility, but you can’t simply credit them.”
Baquet argued that journalists must report the truth to counter the lies that “bad politicians” tell their supporters. He pretended that a transcript of a leaked audio from Slate in August didn’t rip the cover off his newspaper’s propaganda operation against Trump and his administration.
Baquet admitted at a crisis town hall meeting of his editorial staff that the paper staked its reputation on covering one story, Trump–Russia collusion. The president has been the paper’s number one target. When the collusion story could not be substantiated after a thorough investigation by Robert Mueller, the paper’s reputation tanked.
According to Baquet it “went from being a story about whether the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia and obstruction of justice to being a more head-on story about the president’s character. We built our newsroom to cover one story, and we did it truly well.”
In 2016 the Washington Post set off panic around the country claiming “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, U.S. officials say.” It reported that, “A code associated with the Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.”
The paper noted that, “While the Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss a security matter, the penetration of the nation’s electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.”
This story was later debunked by the company in a statement noting that, “We detected the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s grid systems. We took immediate action to isolate the laptop and alerted federal officials of this finding.” This was just one of numerous fake stories and outright lies concocted about Trump and his administration and published by the Washington Post with shameless disregard for truth.
Lately Todd has been busy cheering on Democrats in their quest to oust the president through the impeachment process, devoid of any evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors, in contravention of the Constitution. He is busy helping them twist their alternative facts to make them look like crimes.
In November House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff expressed apprehension over Democrats’ case for impeachment. On Meet the Press he told Todd he worries about “the message of taking an impeachment case to trial, losing that case, having the president acquitted, and then having an adjudication that this conduct is not impeachable. So there’s not a simple answer here. But the jury that I’m most worried about, not the Senate because I think that’s a preordained conclusion, is the American people.”
Noting concerns about a closing window, with elections approaching, Schiff said, “there may get to a point in the fall where we decide, look he is violating a different provision of the Constitution by obstructing the Congress.” He claimed though it isn’t a crime, it’s a “misdemeanor,” an “impeachable offense.”
Todd has been busy studying polls that show Trump has a solid wall of support from Republicans which are “setting up as the very high hurdle now that Democrats may have to clear, simply because Republicans have chosen to politically stay united around this president.”
He complained bitterly last month that Trump’s Republican base was not doing what the media and Democrats were demanding. They were “not accepting the premise” that Trump must be removed from office.
He erupted in frustration in an interview with GW Magazine for its summer edition: “What was our ability to get results? We shamed people,” Todd recalled. “What happened? What did Trump hack? How did he hack the system? By being shameless. If you don’t feel shame for your actions, and the bad press doesn’t bother you or you can live with it or explain it away — that is Trump’s superpower. I don’t know if another politician can pull it off. Every other politician that has tried to be as aggressive as he can be sometimes, denying what is obvious, it has not gone well for them,” said Todd.
The media has made history for its lockstep walk with the Democratic Party’s Resistance movement. Our cable networks, newspapers and local news stations have become more like state-run TV, propping up the party as it launches one smear campaign after another while brazenly plotting the removal of the president.
They immediately fall in line to provide wall-to-wall coverage of its hoaxes and disinformation. The news is no longer based on independent facts. There is only room for one point of view — the one approved by the Democratic Party.