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  • Celebrities Thankful to Vanity Fair WHCD Party for Giving Them Another Chance to Praise Obama

    04/27/2015 1:51:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | April 27, 2015 | Jen Chaney
    The Vanity Fair–Bloomberg cocktail reception that follows the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, held at the franco-swank residence of the French ambassador, is the kind of party where Katie Couric can kick off her shoes and spend much of the party in bare feet. It’s the kind of party where Charlie Rose and Ashley Judd stand by one of several bars and engage in a lot of intense close-talking. It’s the kind of party where one waits in line to use the loo, just as one has done at every normal, far less glitzy house party since the 1990s. But then...
  • Chuck Todd Mocked for Going Fanboy Over Hillary's Van

    04/14/2015 1:13:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 59 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 14, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Have you ever seen the wide-eyed happy look on a kid after he was given one of the Hess toy trucks sold at gas stations? Well, that pretty much describes the attitude of Meet The Press host Chuck Todd in reaction to Hillary Clinton's "Scooby Doo" van. Chuck tweeted in ecstasy over supposed spontaneity of  such an "original" idea, completely forgetting the brutal reality as we shall see. As a result, poor Chuck was widely mocked in reaction.Before we go to the mocking, let us first look at Chuck Todd's happy tweet over the Scooby Doo van. An original idea...except for the...
  • Todd: Jeb Seems Like He’s Trying to Have It Both Ways on RFRA

    04/03/2015 1:51:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/03/2015 | Ian Hanchett
    NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd stated that Jeb Bush seemed like “he was trying to have both sides of this debate” over Indiana’s RFRA law on Friday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”After hearing a clip of Jeb defending Indiana’s law as “the right thing” on Monday, Todd responded, “that’s what he told you on Monday. What do you make of what he told the Silicon Valley guys a couple of days later when he seemed to, he seemed to — he came across as sort of, he was trying to have both sides of this debate?”
  • Score a Victory for Cruz over Brown In Most Recent Climate Change Scuffle

    03/25/2015 3:26:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Moral Liberal ^ | March 25, 2015 | Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger, Cato Institute
    On Sunday, in anticipation of Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) announcement that he intends to run for president, California governor Jerry Brown (D), declared to NBC’s Meet the Press Cruz was “absolutely unfit to be running for office.” Why? Because of Cruz’s stance on climate change—some of which Cruz laid out on late night TV last week. But comparing Cruz’s comments on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Brown’s remarks on Meet the Press, it is pretty clear that it is Gov. Brown who needs to spend more time familiarizing himself with the scientific literature on climate change and especially its...
  • Democrats delighted by Ted Cruz’s statements on climate change

    03/23/2015 2:06:11 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 60 replies
    sfgate ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Carla Marinucci
    The war of words over climate change is getting blisteringly hot between Gov. Jerry Brown and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, with the Republican presidential candidate blithely dismissing the Democratic governor as one of those “global warming alarmists” who relies on ridicule and insult. A Brown campaign strategist shot back Monday that the “factually irrational” Cruz is apparently now determined to “stand out from a pack of troglodytes in the GOP race for the White House.” The public slap down — and the dis of Brown — came as Cruz formally announced his run for the White House at Liberty University...
  • NBC's Chuck Todd wonders if Netanyahu 'defeated himself' with planned speech (2 days away)

    03/01/2015 10:07:13 AM PST · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 1, 2015 | 11:33 am | Eddie Scarry
    On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, host Chuck Todd suggested it's possible Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress has backfired, though it doesn't take place until Tuesday. "You know, I'm wondering if Prime Minister Netanyahu defeated himself here a little bit," Todd said. "Because the more he attacks the [Obama] administration on the deal, the more the administration wants to dig in." Netanyahu's speech, made via an invitation by Republican House Speaker John Boehner without consulting the White House, is expected to be a criticism of White House negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear development program. Netanyahu...
  • Citing Constitution, Paul Ryan Defends Israeli Leader’s Address to Congress

    02/01/2015 2:20:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/1/15 | Kate Scanlon
    During an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan defended House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, calling the decision “wholly appropriate.” Host Chuck Todd asked the Wisconsin Republican if it was appropriate for the legislative branch to circumvent the executive branch in matters of foreign policy. Ryan said critics of Netanyahu’s visit should look to the U.S. Constitution. “These are three separate but equal branches of government,” said Ryan. “We don’t subserve one to the other.”
  • France Declares War on Radical Islam, Eric Holder Refuses

    01/11/2015 6:52:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    After radical jihadists murdered their way through Paris in a three-day rampage that left 17 dead, France has declared its own war on terror. Appearing on Saturday in Evry, a town just south of Paris, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the country is at war against radical Islam. “We are at war — not a war against a religion, not a war against a civilization, but to defend our values, which are universal,” he proclaimed. “It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,” Valls continued. “We...
  • New D.C. Mayor: We 'Deserve Full Democracy and Statehood'

    01/04/2015 12:46:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 115 replies
    NBC New York ^ | January 04, 2015
    New D.C. Mayor: We 'Deserve Full Democracy and Statehood' The issue of statehood for the nation's capital re-entered the public debate Sunday morning, with the mayor of Washington, D.C. declaring the need for a "new path" for the district. "The residents of Washington, D.C. deserve full democracy and statehood," newly elected Mayor Muriel Bowser said in an appearance on Meet the Press. When pressed by host Chuck Todd on whether she would accept being part of Maryland, Bowser was firm, "We are Washington, D.C., Chuck, and the residents of the District of Columbia really want to forge a new path...
  • GOP lawmaker: O-Care repeal top priority (Barrasso)

    01/04/2015 11:23:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/04/15 | Megan R. Wilson
    The repeal of ObamaCare is the priority of the Republican party, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Sunday. “There will be a vote on repeal. The president, in the White House, will veto that,” he said of the symbolic gesture offered by GOP lawmakers still unsatisfied with the healthcare legislation. However, Barrasso told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” that there would also be other bills that strike at other parts of the Affordable Care Act – some of which have gained bipartisan support – including a repeal of the medical device tax and the employer mandate. There is...
  • The Excitable Chuck Todd

    12/26/2014 1:50:50 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Unlike his predecessor as host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd is an approachable, un-phony presence. He knows politics and clearly enjoys politics. But, boy, is he excitable, especially on the subject of immigration, where he often lets the drama of the moment cloud his judgment. [You need three examples-ed. Got em.] 1. It’s November 7, 2012. Romney has just lost the presidency, something many analysts immediately blame on his poor showing among Latinos. The Beltway mind instantly draws but one conclusion: Republicans need to assuage Latinos by legalizing illegal immigrants, stat. Obama’s ‘immigration reform,’ Todd says, will get “80...
  • Ugly Behind the Scenes Turmoil at Meet The Press Revealed

    12/22/2014 11:37:22 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 22, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Shield your eyes! Read no further!  The Washingtonian magazine has revealed some really ugly behind the scenes turmoil and backstabbings that accompained the departure of David Gregory from Meet The Press last summer. The revelations could be too much of a shock for some of you to endure. If the shock doesn't terminate you, suffocation from uncontrollable laughing at NBC's absurd antics could finish you off. If you dare to read on, you will find out that Chuck Todd was hardly a modest shrinking violet when it came to replacing David Gregory. In fact, he had been clawing for that...
  • Obama calls Chuck Todd ‘sad’

    11/30/2014 10:16:14 AM PST · by Baynative · 65 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov 29,14 | Kathianne Boniello
    Shopping at a Washington, DC, bookstore Saturday, President Obama spotted a copy of “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd’s new book about his presidency. “Oh, Chuck Todd!” Obama exclaimed. “Let’s see what Chuck has to say here!” “How is he writing a book already? asked his 16-year-old daughter, Malia. “Sad.” “He’s just sad,” the president joked in response.
  • Jerry Brown may challenge Hillary for Dem nomination

    11/18/2014 7:26:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.  John Fund writes in NRO: …when his political aides sent out an invitation for a $5,000 fundraiserin Sacramento next Monday, there was inevitable speculation: Jerry Brown may run for president for the fourth time. If he challenges Hillary Clinton, Brown can claim solid credentials as a liberal leader. He has raised taxes on the rich, been an avid backer of climate-change regulation, and...
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd: I Understand Why Network News Isn’t Covering Gruber [VIDEO]

    11/19/2014 5:24:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 18, 2014 | Al Weaver
    Has the network news been neglecting the recent comments by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber? NBC, CBS and ABC haven’t covered the story a dozen times, leading to questions of media bias, but “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd offers an understanding of why this is the case. [Snip] “It’s a political story,” said Todd on Gruber’s comments. “Network news, in general, hasn’t be covering the political back and forth of Washington a lot lately."
  • Gruber-gate gets to Obama: ‘No, I did not’ mislead Americans (Says the Liar in Chief)

    11/16/2014 2:22:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    All the president’s men could not shield the commander-in-chief from fallout surrounding recently uncovered comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber. The health policy and implementation expert who worked closely on the Affordable Care Act and the Massachusetts health care reform law has backed the administration into a corner after it was revealed he repeatedly celebrated the misleading way in which the law was crafted and the “stupidity” of the American voter over whose eyes the wool was pulled. “The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms...
  • Drive-Bys Surprised Obama Doesn't Care

    11/06/2014 3:19:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Obama's out there at his press conference yesterday, and it was dripping with condescension. We got some sound bites coming up. F. Chuck Todd says the Democrats are outraged privately that Obama didn't take any responsibility for this yesterday. Yes. F. Chuck Todd on the nightly news last night with Brian Williams, and the question, "I did hear from Democrats today, F. Chuck, and they think the president needs some new people around him." TODD: I heard from Democrats today that thought the president made a mistake not accepting more responsibility today at that press conference. The...
  • Todd Apologizes for Calling Race 'Fight Between Mob Families'

    11/03/2014 7:04:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    During a Morning Joe appearance late last month, Chuck Todd, as we reported, described the congressional race on Staten Island as a "fight between mob families." Not a great idea for a guy who not long before saw his comment that Alison Lundergan Grimes had "disqualified herself" made into a Mitch McConnell ad. Back on the show this morning, Todd offered an unqualified apology for his "mob families" hit, calling it "bad, wrong" and a "cheap slur." But that didn't stop Joe Scarborough from trying to turn it into a joke and make things about himself. View the video here.
  • Concha: As Bleak Prospects Show, Democratic Race-Baiting Tactics Being Rejected

    10/31/2014 2:16:50 PM PDT · by walford · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 31st, 2014 | Joe Concha
    As you may have heard, we’re now only four days away from the 2014 midterms and gubernatorial races mercifully coming to an end, save for a likely runoff in Louisiana. And as you’ve also heard lately, race–for all the wrong reasons–has become a central theme for the party in blue. Speaking of the Bayou State, its likely-to-be-unemployed-after-said-runoff and current senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) had this to say to Chuck Todd (a good get via hustle by the new MTP moderator, by the way) regarding the reason behind her not inviting President Obama for help on the campaign trail: “The South...
  • Southern Shockwave: Mary Landrieu Blames Obama's Unpopularity on Racism

    10/31/2014 2:39:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 85 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | October 31, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    In comments sure to cascade into regional races across the South, embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) told NBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday that Southern racism is to blame for President Barack Obama's unpopularity. "Why does President Obama have a hard time in Louisiana?" asked Todd. “Let me be very, very honest with you," said Landrieu. "The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Landrieu added: “It has not always been a good place for women, to be...
  • NBC: It’s All About ‘Gridlock’!

    10/25/2014 9:10:30 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Mickey Kaus
    Neutral Story Line That Isn’t: Looks like NBC has its midterm election line set: It’s all about “gridlock” and “polarization!” (Video clip, featuring Chuck Toddd, here.) You can understand the appeal of this angle to Turness & Co.. It at least seems to be a Neutral Story Line of the sort traditionally favored by big cautious MSM entities worried about appearing partisan –”Is This Anyway to Elect a President?” and “Nasty,Politics” are two other hardy NSL choices. (SNIP) If Republicans win, well, voters just saw that as the way to break gridlock! If Democrats win, voters were tired of Republican...
  • Chuck Todd Says Staten Island Race 'Fight Between Mob Families'

    10/21/2014 5:42:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did Chuck Todd just do it again? His comment a couple of weeks ago that Dem Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama was quickly made into an ad by the McConnell campaign. On today's Morning Joe, Todd made a highly quotable claim about another race. Todd described the campaign for a congressional seat in a district located in Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn as "a fight between mob families." That sent Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough scrambling to disassociate themselves from the Meet the Press moderator. And at the end...
  • New McConnell Ad Features Chuck Todd Saying Grimes 'Disqualified Herself'

    10/13/2014 7:17:51 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    TPM ^ | 10-13-2014 | Sahil Kapur
    A new ad by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features NBC "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd saying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say in a recent interview if she voted for President Barack Obama. The stumble last week led to pushback for Grimes, who is polling neck and neck with the Senate Republican leader. The McConnell campaign said on Monday that the ad, called "Disqualified," will air on TV statewide. It can be watched below.
  • Todd 'Sick To Stomach' McConnell Ad Used His Claim Grimes 'Disqualified Herself'

    10/14/2014 6:36:16 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As we reported here on NewsBusters, during a recent Morning Joe appearance Chuck Todd twice said that Dem candidate for senator from Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" for refusing to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president. On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Todd said he was "sick to his stomach" when he saw that his comment had been used in an ad for Mitch McConnell. But interestingly, instead of blaming the McConnell campaign, Todd tagged Grimes, saying she had "invited this on herself" by her refusal to answer the simple question. View the video here.
  • Tom Brokaw Appears Unhappy on 'Meet The Chuck'

    10/13/2014 6:18:54 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 13, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Meet the Chuck aka Meet The Press has a new format and it is incredibly awkward. Despite its official name, Meet The Press, the guests don't actually Meet The Press. Instead, host Chuck Todd conducts the interviews while the panelists sit uselessly at a table in the background. Yesterday's show was notable because one of the panelists sitting at the table in the background while Todd was hogging the interviews, was the NBC news anchor for over 20 years, Tom Brokaw. So how did Brokaw like being relegated to being just another panelist in the background as Todd conducted his...
  • Chuck Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender in the Culture Wars'?

    10/12/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 72 replies
    News Busters ^ | 10/12/2014 (2:44 PM EDT) | Jeffrey Meyer
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked "it is time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" After playing a pre-packaged segment on the evolution of social conservatism in the United States, the NBC host did his best to portray social conservatives as...
  • 40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama

    10/10/2014 12:10:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 9, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) this fall, appeared before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday to make her pitch for their endorsement. The life-long Democrat, whose father represented Kentucky for the party in the state House and who herself has been on the ballot in the state on the Democratic ticket, was asked a simple question. Did she vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012? And she didn't answer. Repeatedly......... .... there was no reason to do this. Grimes is fairly new on the national scene, but she's...
  • Wow! Chuck Todd Says Grimes 'Disqualified Herself' By Refusing to Say If She Voted for Obama

    10/10/2014 6:08:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Whatever liberal leanings he might have, sometimes the political animal in Chuck Todd just can't contain itself. Take today's Morning Joe, where Todd host absolutely annihilated Alison Lundergan Grimes, Dem candidate for senator from Kentucky, for her refusal to say whether she voted for Barack Obama for president. Todd ripped Grimes as "ridiculous," then twice declared that she had "disqualified herself." Ouch! Even Mika Brzezinski was embarrassed by Grimes' cringe-worthy performance, as you'll see in the screengrab. View the video here.
  • Chuck Todd is Officially Irrelevant

    09/27/2014 9:10:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/27/14 | Alan Joel
    Eulogizes Eric Holder as "a non-political person" Whatever shred of actual relevancy Chuck Todd hoped to achieve as the new moderator of “Meet the Press” just collapsed yesterday during his MSNBC interview regarding the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. Chuck Todd eulogizes Eric Holder as “a non-political person”: “He did a lot of the tough stuff that you would say, ‘Hey, the attorney general has to do tough stuff, this is not a forgiving job, you have to do tough stuff. But, what’s interesting about him, he is a very non-political person. And I think people used to mistakenly...
  • Chuck Todd Mocked for 'Starbucks Nation vs Chick-Fil-A Country' Midterm Elections Description

    09/22/2014 7:36:35 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 22, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the upcoming midterm elections can be summarized as Denny's vs Dunkin' Donuts? Does that sound ridiculous to you? Well, it is just as ridiculous as Chuck Todd stretching to raise Meet The Press out of its third place ratings yesterday by describing the midterm elections as Starbucks Nation vs Chick-Fil-A Country as you can see in this video (and below). As a result, Todd who needs respect as the new host of MTP, instead received widespread and well deserved mockery from across the ideological spectrum. The mockery begins with Brian Maloney of the Media Equalizer who...
  • Me The Press? No 'Meet' in New MTP

    09/14/2014 3:34:32 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 14, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    MEEEEEEE!!!!! Okay, we get it, Chuck Todd. You are the new host of Meet The Press but does that mean you will now hog every interview? After all, the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, promised a return to the original format of MTP in which the guests would be interviewed by a panel, not just the host. Therefore your humble correspondent was disappointed when he watched Chuck interview the guests solo today while the panel merely chit chatted among themselves. Here is the unkept promise of a MTP format change made by Turness:
  • Harsh Words and a Little Presidential Stompy Foot

    09/10/2014 7:07:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-10-2014 | MOTUS
    Hoo-wee! This is shaping up to be a very long, hard week. We started with F. Chuck on Meet the Press: Care to enjoy one of those special Oval Office cigars? Sure Chief! Don’t mind if I do…And tonight, the handlers have decided that Barry will finally Face the Nation and present something that will have to pass for a thought on the existential threat presented by ISIS. Don’t expect anything too definitive, like condemnation of the Evil Empire, butt I understand there will be harsh words followed by some presidential stompy foot. You have displeased me. Harsh letter to...
  • Obama Argues He Needs A Vacation Without the Press Following Him

    09/07/2014 7:02:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 91 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9/7/14 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC´s "Meet The Press," host Chuck Todd took President Barack Obama to task for the optics of going golfing moments after his statement on ISIS beheading journalist James Foley. Obama complained during his vacations he would "love" not to be followed by the press. “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation, because you’re followed everywhere, part of what I would love is a vacation from the press," Obama said. The president did take some responsibility saying, “But there’s no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard...
  • Meet the Press Transcript - September 7, 2014 (Todd/Obama)

    09/08/2014 3:41:49 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 7, 2014
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------SNIP------------------------------------------ CHUCK TODD: Yeah, you want us to stop following you. I promise you, in two and a half years I think that'll happen. PRES. OBAMA: Because the possibility of a jarring contrast given the world's news, there's always going to be some tough news somewhere, it's going to be there. But there's no doubt that after having talked to the families, where it was hard for me to hold back tears listening to the pain that they were going through after the statement that I made, that I should've anticipated the optics. That's part of the job. And I...
  • Obama's Optics, Theater: Stage Left

    09/08/2014 6:50:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-8-2014 | MOTUS
    Good Morning: I’ve got the Chucky Cheese interview; abridged and annotated. You’re welcome. President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday said he “should have anticipated the optics” of golfing after a statement condemning the execution of American journalist James Foley.Someone else who never quite understood the importance of optics: Chucky’s MTP predecessor Yes he was upset with himself, he’s usually so good with the optics. “It is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be President on vacation,” Obama said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” I KNOW! Between the fundraising, the concerts, the golf, the parties, the date nights, the...
  • President Barack Obama's Full Interview With NBC's Chuck Todd - 'Meet The Press' 9/7/2014

    09/07/2014 5:35:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 9/7/14 | YouHotNews
    On his debut as NBC 'Meet the Press' host 9/7/2014, Chuck Todd grills President Obama: - Are you preparing the country to go back to war? - You realize you're giving that speech (Wednesday) the day before the 13th anniversary of 9/11. - ISIS is not a JV team. Was that bad intelligence or your misjudgment? - You've ruled out boots on the ground. And I'm curious, have you only ruled them out simply for domestic political reasons? Or is there another reason you've ruled out American boots on the ground? Because your own-- your own guys have said, "You...
  • Todd Hits Obama From Left On Amnesty Delay: Pity The Poor Deportee

    09/07/2014 1:20:48 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chuck Todd recently told the Washington Post that in his role as new Meet The Press moderator, rather than spouting the conventional wisdom of the East Coast journalistic elites, "my job is to channel that frustration of the rest of America.” So when interviewing President Obama about his intention to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, you'd think he might have asked about the tens of thousands of criminal illegal immigrants that his administration released last year, or whether he planned to accept the invitation from the father of a man killed by an illegal immigrant to visit his...
  • ´Part of this job is also the theater of it... it doesn´t come naturally to me´: Obama admits

    09/07/2014 12:43:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/7/14 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama admitted he should have expected to be criticized for hitting the links on the same day that he addressed the beheading of American journalist James Foley and spoke with his family. ´Part of this job is also the theater of it,´ he told NBC News´ Chuck Todd. ´Well, it´s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters. And I´m mindful of that.´ He added: ´I should have anticipated the optics´ of playing golf. Obama, who was on vacation at the time of Foley´s murder, was heavily criticized for heading to the golf course
  • Obama blames the press for criticisms of his post-beheading golf outing

    09/07/2014 12:04:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Within minutes of addressing the nation following the Islamic State’s brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama had resumed his August vacation on the golf course. More than a few observers, even the president’s supporters, said that the decision to continue golfing immediately after announcing to the country that ISIS had executed what administration would later call a “terrorist attack” on the United States was unwise. On Sunday, Obama acknowledged that he had erred, not only in seeming detached but also in failing to consider the “optics” associated with appearing callous and disinterested in the wake of...
  • Obama Is About To Unveil His ISIS Game Plan

    09/07/2014 10:08:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/07/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama said Sunday it's time for the U.S. to "start going on some offense" against the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL), saying he would make an address to the nation Wednesday about his "game plan" going forward. "On Wednesday, I'll make a speech and describe what our game plan's going to be going forward," Obama said Sunday during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I'm preparing the country to make sure that we deal with a threat from ISIL." Continuing his amped-up rhetoric of the past few days, Obama said the goal...
  • Obama regrets golfing after Foley death

    09/07/2014 10:01:59 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 75 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 7, 2014
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama now admits that his decision to play a vacation round of golf immediately after addressing the murder of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State, was a mistake. "I should have anticipated the optics," Obama said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. The president said that he had been forced to hold back tears when he spoke privately to the family of Foley, who was beheaded, but added that there was always the prospect of a "jarring" contrast between world events, and his own efforts to carve out a...
  • Obama to detail ISIS threat (Speech scheduled for Wednesday, 9/10)

    09/07/2014 9:16:20 AM PDT · by maggief · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 7, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    President Obama said he plans to address the nation on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Wednesday, vowing to "hunt down" the terrorists. Obama said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. will track down ISIS "wherever they are." “What I'm going to be asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat,” Obama said about the Wednesday speech. “Number two, we have the capacity to deal with it.” “This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war,” Obama says, emphasizing he won’t advocate...
  • Obama Rates Himself On Meet The Press

    But Obama said "the more important question is whether he is getting the policies right and whether he is protecting the American people and, on that score, he said “I think I’ve done a very good job during the course of these last, close to six years.”
  • The Problems With Meet The Press Are Not Unique To Meet The Press

    09/07/2014 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    News broke this week that Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, will be a regular part of the “revamped” Meet The Press starting today. He’s 29, has worked for NBC News since graduating college, and…that’s about it. His last name is the only qualification he possesses for joining the “team” of the longest running show on television. If this, and the other personnel decisions that have been announced, is NBC’s plan to save the once-great show, Meet The Press is screwed. The new host, Chuck Todd, is a fine choice. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle....
  • Host Whisperer? New Republic Editor Suggests MTP Success Depends on 'EP' Feeding Earpiece Questions

    09/05/2014 4:13:06 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 5, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Psst! Psst! Listen carefully to the questions whispered into your earpieces all you Sunday news show hosts out there. Forget about who is the new host of Meet The Press. The key player is really "EP" or the executive producer according to senior editor Jason Zengerle at The New Republic. Did you hear that Chuck Todd? You are doomed to being nothing more than a conduit repeating the questions fed into your earpiece. Here is Zengerle downgrading the goateed one as he reveals that The secret to Sunday morning show success is the executive producer:
  • Chuck Todd: Americans Who Don't Pay Income Tax Fund Gov't More than Rich by Playing Lottery, Slots

    08/30/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chuck Todd, the new host of NBC's Meet The Press, suggested that Americans who do not pay income tax fund public education more than the rich by buying lottery tickets and going to casinos. While interviewing Ben Carson on CSPAN's After Words, which aired on Sunday, Todd said that Americans who don't pay federal income tax go to casinos or buy lottery tickets and are "spending more money funding our schools, whether it's Detroit or other places." Todd said that though "they are not writing a check to the federal government," poorer Americans "are contributing arguably more money to education...
  • Tea Party Organizer Tells MSNBC's Chuck Todd that "Americans are Fed Up" - Video 4/15/09

    04/15/2009 3:19:15 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 1 replies · 464+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Tea Party Organizer Tim Phillips, from Americans for Prosperity, talking with MSNBC's Chuck Todd today and explaining that the Tea Parties reflect that millions of "Americans are fed up" -- fed up with the wasteful deficit spending of the Federal government that will lead to higher taxes for everyone. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Chuck Todd to replace David Gregory as moderator of Meet the Press

    08/15/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/15/2014 | By Ben Terris
    People can finally stop speculating about Meet the Press. NBC News President Deborah Turness announced that David Gregory, who has been hosting for almost six years, will leave the network and Chuck Todd will replace him as moderator beginning on Sept. 7. Andrea Mitchell will serve as moderator of Meet the Press this weekend
  • "Meet the Press:" Gregory out, Todd in (Hopey-Changey alert)

    08/14/2014 12:15:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Stelter
    NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press" as soon as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans. The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, who moderated the show for the past six years, will be replaced by Todd, and is expected to leave NBC. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the record. One said that the transition will be swift -- so swift that Gregory will not even host "Meet the Press" this weekend.
  • Here's Chucky! Politico Reports Chuck Todd Likely to Replace David Gregory as MTP Host

    08/11/2014 10:11:51 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 11, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    No big surprise here but Politico is now reporting that Chuck Todd will probably be replacing David Gregory as host of Meet The Press. It was almost inevitable that NBC News would be ousting Gregory due to the terrible ratings of that Sunday news show while he was hosting. The only question was who was going to replace Gregory and it now seems to be confirmed that the widely acknowledged leading candidate is going to be Todd. The big question now is if Chuck Todd can put aside his liberal reflexes and provide the Meet The Press audience with some...