Chuck Todd, Food Stamps, and the Media

Chuck Todd’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day (which he brought on himself by saying that it isn’t the media’s job to correct Republican lies about Obamacare) hasn’t ended yet:

Unfortunately for Todd, the controversy isn’t going away. The latest salvo: a petition on the website Credo Mobilize, which had drawn 50,000 signatures by Saturday afternoon, a day after it was posted online. The petition’s author, Nicole Belle, accused Todd of having “completely abdicated his responsibility as a journalist.” She also wrote a separate post on her blog at Crooks and Liars.

From the petition:

This shouldn’t be hard. Journalists are supposed to inform their audience of facts. When lies are provided for partisan purposes, it is not “doing the job of the White House to sell” a government program to say that these are lies. That’s reporting. That’s journalism. Someone who just repeats what is said to him without placing it in context is called a stenographer, not a journalist. …

And talking about stenographic journalism, don’t miss Dan Froomkin’s piece slamming the media for its straight-faced reporting of Republicans’ lies and misinformation about the bill they just passed in the House slashing the food stamp program. Just the article’s title is a punch to the gut: “Writing a Neutral Story About Something So Heartless As the Food Stamp Vote Is Not Good Journalism.”

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