People, I Bring You The Term “Chucksplains”

MSNBC chucklehead Chuck Todd “Chucksplains” the media’s role in the age of truthiness: not to present factual information, nooo that is so old fashioned, you guys! That’s how they did it in the old days when journalists wore green eyeshades and papers were sold by street urchins in knee britches who shouted the headlines at you when you walked by.

No, see, nowadays what we have is a marketplace of ideas, all of them equally valid, I mean I dunno, maybe not, but does it really matter? And the media simply goes with whatever set of facts has been most successfully sold to them in said marketplace. Freedom! And ponies!

TPM has the ugly details:

During a segment on “Morning Joe,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) speculated that most opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been fed erroneous information about the law. Todd said that Republicans “have successfully messaged against it” but he disagrees with those who argue that the media should educate the public on the law. According to Todd, that’s President Barack Obama’s job.

“But more importantly, it would be stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against it,” Todd told Rendell. “They don’t repeat the other stuff because they haven’t even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling it.”

Wonkette has the hilarious follow-up where Todd took to Twitter to claim he’d been misquoted. Silly, silly Chuck Todd! Doesn’t he know they’re just going with the version of the truth which had been most successfully sold to them? Chuck, honey, it’s just the free hand of the market deciding you’re an idiot and a really bad journalist.

Suck it up. Also, irony.

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4 responses to “People, I Bring You The Term “Chucksplains”

  1. The Liberal Times has an article about Chuck Todd, too. I’ve been saying all along there’s something wrong with Chuck Todd, LOL. He’s Andrea Mitchell’s favorite though… but then I find Andrea Mitchell odd, too.

  2. yutsano

    Ahh Chuckles. Life was better when you were just an analyst huh?

  3. democommie

    There’s a reason that I will never get a chance to be in the position that Rendell was in. That reason is that I would have told him that he was a fucking moron and a disgrace to the profession. What an asswipe.

  4. “Silly, silly Chuck Todd! Doesn’t he know they’re just going with the version of the truth which had been most successfully sold to them?”

    God, I wish I had written that!