No one will aver accuse me of being a Chuck Todd fan, but let’s give the man credit where it’s due. Though he’s careful with his language, Todd not only sees through what Colbert’s doing, he’s also troubled that much of the MSM is complicit in furthering the Stewart/Colbert left-wing agenda:
“He is making a mockery of the system,” Todd said. “…Is it fair to the process? Yes, the process is a mess, but he’s doing it in a way that feels like he’s trying to influence it with his own agenda and that may be anti-Republican.”
He cautioned the media to be “careful” about amplifying Colbert’s message, and said it should not be treated as “shtick” or satire.
“What is his real agenda here?” he said. “Is it to educate the public about the dangers of money and politics, and what’s going on? Or is it simply to marginalize the Republican Party? I think if I were a Republican candidate I would be concerned about that.”
Todd concluded by saying that he “idolized” American politics and didn’t want to see people become more cynical about them.
Less than a few minutes ago, Colbert was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” being fawned over by Scarborough, his guests, and his audience. All rather nauseating.
I also disagree with Todd’s claim that Colbert is doing something noble in going after these Super PACs, but we’ll leave that debate for another day (more on that here).
The mistake no one should make, though, is to buy the notion that Todd is the only member of the MSM to have cracked Colbert’s code. Anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows what Colbert is up to. Furthermore, Colbert fully understands that his anti-GOP crusade will get him the MSM exposure he desires because the media shares his agenda.
The only difference between Todd and his colleagues (especially at NBC) is that Todd is at least somewhat troubled by what’s going on.