…and Hypocrite. Maybe I’m being too harsh here but these mainstream guys who ignore the real issues are more dangerous than the fringe psychos like Beck and Coulter. People see Chuck Todd on a major news outlet and assume he has credibility, as maybe they should, since he is the Chief White House Correspondent and NBC News Political Director. Here Coach Todd draws up a nice gameplan for the Obama Administration…….
Maybe his two titles are contradictory or at the very least I think his political role overshadows his role as a journalist and correspondent. I mean, I don’t want the guy who reports on strategy and repeats political spin to be the guy that asks the tough questions of the administration. And Todd obviously opted for the lazy route and prefers to follow party politics and political strategy rather than doing the critical thinking and reporting about what issues matter to our country.
The only important thing the president has to focus on is getting the public’s trust on the economy. Cheney, the CIA, and in some respects Sotomayor are cable catnip.
Torture is not a distraction. He needs to remind us about the atrocities carried out under the Bush and Cheney Administration and ask the Obama Administration why they don’t want prosecutions. Yes healthcare and the economy are important too but the viewing audience deserves in depth coverage of all these issues. While that may require some critical reporting on three different matters, I think he can handle it, after all he is the freaking Senior White House Correspondent and NBC News Political Director. Hell, if you want to do gameplanning, become an ESPN analyst.
Well, Glenn Greenwald has Todd on for an interview and really takes him to task for trying divert our attention from prosecuting torture and reducing torture to a matter that will only cause cable news anchors become hyper and swing their paws wildly in the air. In the interview he argues against prosecutions because they will become political theater. WELL LET THEM! If politicians or pundits want to argue against prosecuting torturers, let them! Put it on the tee vee for all to see. First and foremost we need transparency and accoutability and then let the politics fall where they may.
Todd also has the audacity to suggest that losing an election is enough punishment for crimes of torture! What is this insane logic? That means Gore suffered the same punishment as Bush because Bush allowed torture and Gore won an election???? But besides that, Bush already served two terms and could not run for reelection! I mean, there are candidates who lose elections who have never actually been president. I think Greenwald explains it best:
When, generally, if I go out and rob a bank tomorrow, what happens to me is not that I lose an election. What happens is to me is that I go to prison. So, what do you think should happen when presidents get caught committing crimes in office? What do you think ought to happen?
Then Greenwald astutely points out a second reason why Obama or any president may want to avoid prosecuting a previous president…
It’s not surprising, is it, that current presidents would like to keep in place this prohibition that we have against presidents and high government officials being prosecuted for crimes. That would make sense, right? I mean, if I were a White House official, I would love that rule, that White House officials don’t get prosecuted for crimes that…
And then Todd hypocritically feigns regret about the political side because he knows that the politics is why he gets a paycheck (If you can decipher his incoherent rambling).
And the problem is, there is a department, and you can’t, whether this, you can sit here and say, you know what, that’s exactly what’s wrong with the Beltway. But there has been this fatigue about it because the use of prosecutions has been too politicized, to the point where I think it has made it where it’s just unfortunately too easy to dismiss an investigation.
This is followed by some blatant kissing of Greenwald’s ass. So until Todd removes his lips and starts listening to Greenwald and others with the same concerns, I propose a new title. Chuck Todd: Chief White House Puppet and NBC News Gameday Analyst.
The great irony in the punishment by losing and election is that McCain, the tortured POW, was the one who suffered the punishment for Bush and Cheney’s crimes of torture. Not that the torture issue was the primary reason McCain lost, but it further emphasizes how arbitrary and irrelevant Todd’s idea was.