The prepared interview by President Donald Trump on Sunday Meet the Press explodes – but not for reasons that host Chuck Todd or NBC want.
In numerous places during the interview, Todd Trump got away with obvious lies and gaslights. Todd also asked the president a series of softball questions, such as "Do you think you were more successful in business or in the presidency?" And "Are you talking to one of the former presidents?"
Trump's interview with Todd comes at the end of a week that began with George Stephanopoulos' occasionally tough one-hour interviews with Trump, and also included an episode of Sean Hannity's Fox News show, which devoted almost exclusively to a creeping phone call , There were a number of important moments during the interview Meet the Pres but Todd was widely criticized for dealing with an NBC star who became president and turned into a piece of home industry , beat up his former business partner . Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University said the interview was "no public discourse" and likened the procedure to "feeding English sentences into a wood chipper" while Brian Klaas, political scientist at University College London Todd criticized that he was unprepared for Trump's lies.
There was no recoil from Chuck Todd on Trump's lie. When you interview Trump, it is so important to have at least a good background in his frequent lies. They are the low-hanging fruits. Good preparation means that you can push back in real time, which is important. https://t.co/ViN0uo7C1j[19459005<-BrianKlaas(@brianklaas) June 24, 2019
Todd's approach to Trump was certainly more contradictory than that of Hannity, but that does not say much. Overall, the interview served as a better illustration of what not to do when Trump is interviewed than anything else.
Todd was dissuaded by Trump that a massive conspiracy by electoral fraud had cost him the referendum in 2016.
Trump used his interview with Todd to push ahead with an idea to which he has repeatedly referred since Hillary Clinton received approximately 3 million more votes than in 2016 – that he may not have lost the referendum but has been the victim of a massive electoral fraud ,
"Well I think it was a – I mean, I say something that is controversial again," said Trump. "Many votes have been cast that I do not believe I'm looking to California … Look at Judicial Watch, look at their settlement where California has granted a million votes."
CHUCK TODD: "You did not like the fact that you lost the referendum, did you not?"
TRUMP: "Well, I think it was … I say something that is controversial again." Many votes were cast I do not believe … take a look at Judicial Watch. " pic.twitter.com/greRUt2vat
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 23, 2019
However, there are none Evidence that a major election fraud took place in California in 2016. The "settlement" to which Trump referred required Los Angeles County to remove a large number of inactive voters from the electoral roll, but there is no indication that any of them had made illegal ballots.
Trump represented this conspiracy theory for the first time at the time of his inauguration, which means that Todd had plenty of opportunity to be prepared. But instead of pushing Trump back, the host quickly asked him against which Democrat he wants to run in 2020.
Todd had Trump blame Obama for his own inhumane policies.
Trump's Conspiracy Electoral fraud was not the only time Todd let the president pass by with false claims that he could easily expose. Trump also ignored questions about alarming new reports about the poor conditions under which migrant children are suffering in camps near the border, trying to blame former President Barack Obama.
"President Obama has built the cages. Do you remember when they said that I built them? "Trump asked, rejecting Todd's questions." Separation, President Obama, I took over the separation, I'm the one who put it together, but what happened is the cartels and all those bad people, They are, they are, it's almost like slavery. "
WATCH: Trump says the administration is doing a" fantastic job "at the border.
Chuck Todd: "Why did the political debate hurt these children?" 19659010] President Trump: "If the Democrats were to change the asylum laws … everything would be solved immediately, but they refuse." pic.twitter.com/fU1EeDbQW0
– Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 23, 2019
But as I said on Friday, Trump blamed no one for family divisions and the poor treatment of migrant children Obama separated families only in exceptional circumstances, such as when parents played a role in threatening children or being convicted, while the Trump administration introduced a zero-tolerance policy that resulted in families being separated just because they crossed the border Antipasti currently have no soap and are forced to live in crowded conditions, which is absurd.
However, Todd actually seemed to fulfill Trump's premise and asked him, "Are two mistakes right?" but the Twitter account Meet the Press later posted a tweet that bolstered Trump's lie.
(The account later published a second tweet stating that Trump's claim is false.)
Todd's question about health care also left much to be desired. He let Trump go by claiming that Republicans "always protect existing conditions," even though the legislation that Republicans failed a Senate vote in 2017 would have taken cover from millions of people with pre-existing conditions. Todd has also misrepresented a lawsuit the Trump administration is currently pursuing to overthrow the entire bill on affordable care.
The Trump administration is currently suing to ban the entire ACA from courts, but for some reason it calls "Meet the Press" a lawsuit that could "nullify coverage of existing conditions". It's weird that the millions of people on Medicaid are never mentioned. pic.twitter.com/L6Nl2ys9n5
– Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) June 23, 2019
Todd also let Trump get away and said he was "against entering Iraq." Invasion of 2003 Despite a record by Trump in which support for the invasion of Howard Stern's show was expressed in 2002. On the subject of the Iran crisis, Trump put a solution on the market, which certainly sounded very much like the nuclear agreement that he unilaterally canceled in 2017. "I think they want to negotiate. And I think they want to make a deal. And my deal is nuclear. Look, they will not have a nuclear weapon, "Trump said, but Todd did not notice the connection.
The big problem is that Todd Trump treated like a normal president.
Todd did not manage to challenge Trump wasn It was not the only area where his interview with the president was missing. This also applied to some of his decisions regarding the questions to be asked.
Instead of asking Trump about the mass deportation raids, he abruptly announced his attacks on the press by tweet early last week – including on Todd's employer, NBC – or urging him on a number of other more serious issues contained in the final section by Meet the Press A series of questions that Todd asked the President for his presidential library.
Asked if he was thinking about his presidential library, Trump's first suggestion is that it could be one of his properties. pic.twitter.com/IDh0zJVzuH
– Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) June 23, 2019
It is understandable that Todd and NBC want to introduce some lighter moments from their interview with Trump. However, this is a president who has referred to the work of the network as " the greatest enemy of our country ," NBC FAKE NEWS and " a total joke ". Trump has repeatedly humiliated Todd personally as " Sleepy Eyes " and has gone so far as to suggest the revocation of the NBC broadcast license .
But on Sunday, Todd not only treated him like a normal president, but repeatedly gave him the benefit of the doubt. As a result, viewers may be puzzled by Meet the Press about electoral fraud or about the differences of how Obama and Trump treated immigrants. And while this may be Trump's goal, journalism should provide clarity.
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