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Chuck Todd’s ‘Daily Rundown’ features more Romney than Obama in last month

On Thursday, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd, also the host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” took to Twitter to say that “the partisans” are “slinging arrows,” and urged his MSNBC colleague and Washington Post contributor Chris Cillizza to “Keep Calm, Carry On” amid attacks on a perceived anti-Republican bias.

But a review of one month of the opening “First Read” segment of Todd’s 9 a.m. ET MSNBC program “The Daily Rundown” shows Todd is much more likely to start his show with a critique of Romney or his campaign than of Obama or his campaign.

With the exception of one day for Missouri Republican senatorial hopeful Rep. Todd Akin’s ill-advised remarks, four days for the unrest in the Middle East, and one day to unveil a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, “The Daily Rundown” opened by focusing on the Romney campaign twice as often as the Obama campaign, The Daily Caller’s analysis shows. Excluding the two weeks of the Republican and Democratic conventions, the Romney campaign is featured seven times compared to a single Obama feature.

Todd’s remarks on the Romney campaign haven’t been completely negative. The day after the Republican convention ended, Todd spoke favorably of the Republican nominee’s acceptance speech.

Still, MSNBC has not deemed news about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as important as news about Romney or Rep. Paul Ryan over the last month, despite its reputation as a left-leaning cable news network.

Breakdown of “The Daily Rundown” lead packages:

Date

Opening

8/20/2012

Romney/Ryan appearance in New Hampshire

8/21/2012

Romney/Ryan reaction to Todd Akin

8/22/2012

Todd Akin

8/23/2012

Romney/Ryan campaign effort to steer off of Akin*

8/24/2012

“Romney’s rough road”*

8/27/2012

RNC and hurricanes**

8/28/2012

RNC and Ann Romney, Chris Christie**

8/29/2012

RNC: Reax to A. Romney, Christie “peanut butter & egg sandwich”**

8/30/2012

RNC: The importance of Romney acceptance speech**

8/31/2012

RNC: Romney’s successful acceptance speech

9/3/2012

DNC: DNC Preview (Labor Day hour early)***

9/4/2012

DNC and Michelle Obama/Julian Castro***

9/5/2012

DNC and Bill Clinton preview vs NFL***

9/6/2012

DNC and Obama acceptance speech preview***

9/7/2012

DNC and Obama’s “appeal to the cynical middle” acceptance speech***

9/10/2012

Romney’s deficit to Obama post-convention

9/11/2012

!!!!! 9/11 SPECIAL NO “DAILY RUNDOWN” !!!!!!

9/12/2012

U.S. Libyan ambassador and candidates’ reactions

9/13/2012

Libyan crisis

9/14/2012

Libyan crisis spreads to the Middle East

9/17/2012

Libyan crisis putting Obama on defense

9/18/2012

Romney “secret” video and his campaign response

9/19/2012

NBC/WSJ poll

9/29/2012

Romney’s moderate shift

* Luke Russert fill-in
** Live on-scene at RNC in Tampa, Fla.
*** Live on-scene at DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

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