I know it’s a bit of a cliche to hark back to the golden days of yesteryear when reporters not only reported the news but also felt they had a duty to inform their readers/viewers/listeners about what they were covering. Apparently that’s not the case anymore with some of them.
MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don’t expect members of the media to correct the record.
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.”
If Chuck Todd was working for Edward R. Murrow back in the days when reporters actually did inform the public that there was rampant bullshit being promulgated and he voiced the opinion that it wasn’t his job to correct it or at least make the public aware of it, I’m pretty sure that Mr. Murrow would have ground out his cigarette in Chuck Todd’s ear and sent him to work at Krispy Kreme.