You know, what really is amazing is the cheek of it all.
Take NBC’s Chuck Todd, the host of Meet the Press. Here is Mr. Todd pontificating on the unsurprising news that Sean Hannity – who has noted multiples of times on his radio show over the recent years that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is indeed a Hannity friend (it helps to actually listen three hours a day) – has periodically talked about legal matters with his friend the lawyer. A newsflash that is about as stunning as the idea of heat in July. Who amongst us doesn’t have friends in profession X that we don’t occasionally speak to about a matter requiring thoughtful advice?
But in the drive to Get Trump – which, yes, is really what all the Get Hannity fuss is really about – the liberal media has worked itself into what can only be presented as lemming-like desire to swan dive off the professional cliff into the rocks of reality below.
Chuck Todd is a case in point. Here is Ole Chuck on the Hannity situation as reported by NPR’s David Folkenflik per Mediaite. Says an alarmed Chuck: “I am stunned that Fox had no punitive response. Not a ‘Sean Hannity must disclose every night,’ not a ‘he can’t cover this story,’ not a ‘he’s been suspended for a week,’ nothing! Not a single thing. They are saying this is okay for anybody that works at Fox News.”
Ok. Now hop in the time capsule and follow me back to February 12, 2017 on NBC’s Meet the Press. Of the several guests that day, one sticks out for a solo appearance. That would be former Virginia Senator Jim Webb – You can read the transcript here.
Webb had run briefly for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016 and made no headway, dropping out early, in 2015. What was so newsworthy that Webb was invited onto Meet the Press? Where the earlier guests of the morning had been two serious newsmakers of the moment – Trump senior policy advisor Stephen Miller and Vermont’s Democratic/Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders?
Well, Webb was talking about the exact same things he talked about in his failing presidential campaign. He thinks the Democrats are too liberal etc etc. There was zero news to be had here. The interview was just plain vanilla – unless one considered this question: What would move Chuck Todd to have Webb there in the first place?
The answer, one suspects, is to be found in something Chuck Todd never once said in the course of the interview. That would be this, as headlined at Politico three years earlier in 2014.
Chuck Todd’s wife aiding Jim Webb
The story begins as follows:
“Kristian Denny Todd, the Democratic strategist and wife of “Meet The Press” moderator Chuck Todd, is working with former Sen. Jim Webb as he considers a 2016 presidential bid, a Webb spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.
“She’s been helping and advising him,” Webb spokesperson Jessica Vanden Berg said.
Todd previously served as the communications director for Webb’s 2006 Senate campaign in Virginia. She is not currently being paid by Webb’s office, according to spending reports for Webb’s political action committee.”
So at a minimum, Mrs. Todd was an unpaid advisor to Webb’s presidential campaign and at a maximum was his communications director for his 2006 Senate campaign, paid or unpaid we do not know. There was not a peep from Chuck Todd about this in his interview with Webb. Not…a …peep.
We do know as well that his wife is a longtime Democratic Party and progressive activist. Among others, according to NewsBusters, she contributed to Virginia’s Democratic Senator Tim Kaine. And what did NewsBusters report back there in October of 2016? Here’s the headline:
NBC, Chuck Todd Hide Wife’s Kaine Donation, and Her Firm Getting Millions from Bernie Campaign
The story says, in part, this:
“NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has a wife who’s active in Democratic Party strategic communications, and sometimes donates to Democrats. In 2012, Kristian Denny Todd contributed $2,500 to Sen. Tim Kaine. Todd never felt any need to disclose this during his three recent Kaine interviews on NBC (August 7, September 18, and October 23)”
And of note? The February, 2017 show on which Webb appeared also had Bernie Sanders, and NewsBusters reported this in that same story about Todd’s wife, as mentioned in their headline:
“But Maverick Mail & Strategies, the firm Mrs. Todd founded in 2007 with fellow James Webb aides Steve Jarding and Jessica Vanden Berg, did heavy lifting for openly socialist Bernie Sanders for President this year. Open Secrets shows a bill for $1.992 million made in ten payments to Maverick from January to April. Todd has never disclosed this business relationship in 11 Sanders interviews this year. (If the work began in 2015 before the payments, Todd failed to disclose any tie in six Sanders interviews in the second half of 2015). We didn’t even count any Todd interviews with Sanders on MSNBC.”
The NewsBusters story concluded by saying of Todd interviews with Sanders that “there’s a significant conflict of interest that Todd and NBC News have never found necessary to mention. Transparency isn’t really in their interests here.”
And months after that NewsBusters story there is both Sanders and Webb on the same show – separately -with Chuck Todd and not a single word about his wife’s financial ties to either. Nor, when interviewing Tim Kaine, a peep about his wife’s donations there either.
Bearing that in mind? Let’s re-run Todd’s words about Hannity with just a slight alteration, subbing “Chuck Todd” for “Sean Hannity” and NBC News” for “Fox News”.
“I am stunned that Fox had no punitive response. Not a ‘Sean Hannity must disclose every night,’ not a ‘he can’t cover this story,’ not a ‘he’s been suspended for a week,’ nothing! Not a single thing. They are saying this is okay for anybody that works at Fox News.”
Really? Really? What’s stunning here is the utter hypocrisy on display. There’s one standard for Hannity and Fox – but an entirely different standard for Chuck Todd and NBC News.
And rest assured – this hypocrisy isn’t limited to Chuck Todd and NBC News. As I have said, there is enough hypocrisy in the liberal media on matters like this to choke the entire field of horses in the Kentucky Derby.
Ya can’t make it up.