NBC’s Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet The Press, failed to fact-check Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), after Schiff said that nearly two years ago that he had concrete evidence of treason by the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections.
However, the Wall Street Journal’s James Freeman criticized NBC for failing to properly vet the claims by Schiff.
“NBC News proudly notes that ‘Meet the Press’ is the longest-running program on network television.”
But it’s unlikely anyone at the network will look back with pride on this week’s show. Almost two full years after Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) told NBC he had seen ‘more than circumstantial evidence’ that associates of Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to rig the 2016 election, the network not only welcomed him back without demanding that he finally produce the evidence to support his claim. NBC gave him a platform to make new allegations. Those outside the world of Washington media might be less than hospitable to an acquaintance who had claimed to have evidence of a neighbor’s treason but still hadn’t produced it after 23 months.”
Trump tweeted about Schiff’s failure to back up his claims.
“So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment.”
After reading from those Twitter comments from the president, Freeman pointed out the lack of accountability in Todd’s line of questioning.
“This seemed to be the moment for Mr. Todd to demand that Mr. Schiff, who is now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, finally produce the evidence he has long claimed to have seen,” Freeman wrote. “But instead Mr. Todd simply asked Mr. Schiff to ‘explain the parameters of your investigation, where you’ve expanded. How far back into his finances do you plan to look?’”
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