U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice announced Thursday that she was taking herself out of the running to be considered the next Secretary of State. NBC’s Chuck Todd blamed “conservative advocacy media” for forcing Rice’s decision. To Todd, it was nothing but a right-wing witch-hunt.
Todd appeared on MSNBC on Thursday and proclaimed that Rice was a victim because she didn’t have a “consulting team or a full PR team” at her disposal. I guess the White House wasn’t enough of a megaphone for her.
“It was all driven, in many cases, by some conservative outlets who were making her the center of the Benghazi story… the idea that she belonged in the center of those attacks never made a lot of sense,” Todd complained. “She sort of became a victim of this.”
Todd went on to criticize the “media landscape” for this turn of events.
It is too easy now in the way our media world is set up, the media landscape is set up, that if ah, you can become collateral damage in a hurry in just the way you can get piled upon whether it’s Twitter, whether it’s advocacy journalism, whatever you want to describe it, talk radio, and that’s what she was… make no mistake, she became political collateral damage. And I think that that’s something we (need) a little introspection, here.
According to Chuck Todd, the fact that an Obama official came before the American people with a false story about Benghazi wasn’t an issue; the real issue was that “conservative advocacy media” dared to highlight that false story, destroying her chances of becoming our next Secretary of State.