More than 150,000 Americans have signed a liberal petition to scold NBC News political director Chuck Todd for suggesting that it’s not the media’s job to sell Obamacare.
“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,” Todd said last week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” referring to President Obama’s poor public-relations campaign educating people about Obamacare enrollment.
Talking Points Memo then ran a story headlined, “Chuck Todd: It’s not Media’s Job To Correct GOP’s Obamacare Falsehoods.”
“point I actually made was folks shouldn’t expect media to do job WH has FAILED to do re: ACA,” Todd tweeted.
“I was NOT saying it isn’t job of journos to call out lies, I said it was not job of media to sell WH’s health care message, it is WH’s job,” Todd tweeted.
But no clarification was necessary. Clearly, Chuck Todd was saying that the media should not be acting as the public-relations arm of the Obama White House. Therefore, he must be petitioned.
Activist Nicole Belle launched an online petition demanding that NBC News president Deborah Turness apologize for Chuck Todd’s harmful comments, and make clear to the people of progressive America that their journalists know exactly what their job is supposed to be.
“Chuck Todd’s assertion that correcting Republican lies isn’t his job is factually incorrect and counter to the purpose of journalism. Hold Chuck Todd accountable by issuing a public apology for his outrageous statement and ensure that all NBC News/MSNBC journalists know that correcting political misinformation and lies is part of their job description,” reads the petition, which has been signed more than 156,000 times as of Friday afternoon.
So, there you go, media professionals. If we can’t count on you to sell Obamacare, who can we turn to? Parents, guidance counselors, spiritual advisers in the community?
The Daily Caller is glad that we’ve opened a dialogue here.