It is not the media’s fault that nearly two-thirds of Americans are convinced the press has it in for President Trump, according to Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd. It’s Roger Ailes’ fault.
The discussion Sunday started to establish what, aside from impeaching the president – which Democratic leaders in the House have said needs to be bipartisan – would motivate Democrats to turn out at presidential-election levels this November.
“I was just going to say I think the Democratic leadership and the disconnect …” Todd said. “Republicans – the Republican base, wanted a more aggressive Republican Party to go after Obama and go after Hillary Clinton. And the leadership was always like, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’
“We’re always trying to hold back those that ID in the party. And they paid a price in Donald Trump. I’m thinking all of these responsible Democratic leaders that are preaching impeachment caution … the base may say, ‘Give me Michael Avenatti. I don’t want you responsible guys.’”
Guest David Brody then said that “on the Republican side they got exactly what they wanted, a guy that was going to shake things up.
“Look, I think one of the best things going in Donald Trump’s favor – we know this – is the mainstream media,” Brody said. “I hate to say it. I know I’m sitting on a Meet the Press roundtable. But the truth of the matter is 62 percent think the media is biased. So, in other words, if you look at the approval ratings of Donald Trump versus the approval rating of the media … “
Todd cut him off.
“The conservative echo chamber created that environment,” Todd said. “It’s not – no. No, no, no. It has been a tactic and a tool of the Roger Ailes-created echo chamber. So let’s not pretend it is anything other than that.”
“Well, hang on,” Brody said. “Yes and no. Because remember, the independents are part of Donald Trump’s base. And I think that is very important. A lot of times we say, ‘Republicans are Donald Trump’s base.’ Not really. They’re—”
“No,” Todd said. “It’s a separate Trump – it is a different version of the Republican Party.”
“But those independents also distrust media,” he said. “This is not just Republicans. It is many Americans across …”
“Oh, no. No, no. I take your point. I’m just saying it was a creation – it was a campaign tactic. It’s not much based in fact.”