This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the latest example of how the media remain gripped with “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” none more than NBC’s Chuck Todd.
On his Meet the Press Sunday show, he framed President Joe Biden’s plummeting approval numbers as something beyond his control and really the fault of former President Donald Trump. “It seems as if there’s nothing the White House can do to improve their political standing,” he said, citing the president’s failed promises on eliminating the coronavirus and getting past Trump.
“COVID’s not behind us and Donald Trump’s still lurking. It’s not his fault,” Todd defended.
Guest panelist Kimberly Atkins Stohr then blamed Republicans for Biden’s woes. “Is it all Joe Biden’s fault? Of course not. Most of it isn’t. You have Republicans who are lock solid against him and won’t vote for anything.”
From the roundtable on Sunday’s Meet the Press on NBC:
CHUCK TODD: And we are back. It seems as if there’s nothing the White House can do to improve their political standing these days. It does feel like every week, there’s another poll. It’s a new bottom, it’s a new this. And some of it is out of their control. Mark Murray and I were having a discussion. His two big promises were to get COVID behind us and to get rid of Donald Trump. COVID’s not behind us and Donald Trump’s still lurking. It’s not his fault, but is that why we’re in this no man's land here for him?
KIMBERLY ATKINS STOHR, Boston Globe: It’s a convergence of a lot of things. You have this pandemic that we can’t get behind. You still have people who are struggling economically. Joe Biden also campaigned on a big, broad agenda of protecting civil rights and getting people — helping to get people back on their feet after this, these big, broad packages. But even after these packages have passed, there is still this constant threat to democracy that we keep talking about. The Democrats have failed to pass any measure to protect and bolster up our election system. So, that has people uneasy. Is it all Joe Biden’s fault? Of course not. Most of it isn’t. You have Republicans who are lock solid against him and won’t vote for anything, no matter how many times Joe Manchin says he wants bipartisanship. So, it’s about where do you assign that blame, who is against every measure, including vaccine mandates that could get us past this pandemic. Is that Joe Biden? Where does the blame actually lie?
Brent Baker, vice president of research and publications for the Media Research Center, explains our weekly pick: “How ridiculous. Trump is out of office and Joe Biden is in the Oval Office, yet, for journalists like Todd, there’s nothing for which they won’t blame the all-powerful Trump. In Todd’s twisted world, a liberal like Biden can’t be held responsible for his failures, and Trump offers a convenient scapegoat. As the saying goes, ‘Trump is living rent-free in Todd’s head.’”
Rating: FIVE out of FIVE screams.
Biden’s low approval is Trump’s fault. @ChuckTodd frets: “Some of it is out of their control....His two big promises were to get COVID behind us and to get rid of Donald Trump. COVID’s not behind us and Trump’s still lurking. It’s not his fault.” #MTP pic.twitter.com/BPnVf8Ux3q— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) December 12, 2021