Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, admitted this week that the media did not tell the truth about rural America and the deep-seated loathing of Hillary Clinton found outside liberal cities on the coasts.
In a podcast interview with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, Todd said reporters were well aware of how despised Clinton was in middle America.
“Where I think political correctness got in the way of what we all knew as reporters and didn’t fully deliver was how hated the Clintons were in the heartland,” Todd said. “And I think it was a fear of, ‘Oh, is it going to look like it’s sexist, anti-woman if we say that?’
“I think we underplayed it a little bit out of political correctness fears,” he continued. “No member of the press corps wants to look like they’re singling out a group and making a group feel bad.”
As refreshing as it is to see an elite member of the liberal media admit some of their election mistakes, Todd’s excuse doesn’t quite pass muster. We’re really supposed to believe that the media avoided covering rural hatred for Hillary because they didn’t want to make women feel bad? Is that what he’s actually saying?
“If we sort of were straight-up honest and blunt about the level of hatred that’s out there and all the Hillary for Prison signs that are out there, we certainly would have at least made the viewer know she’s not well-liked in some places in this country in ways that’s times 10 when it comes to Trump,” he said.
Correct. But let’s be “honest and blunt” about why they did that. They didn’t avoid this coverage out of some phony business about political correctness. They didn’t ignore the Hillary for Prison signs because they were afraid of offending women. Are you kidding? They did it because they know that human beings are social creatures. Psychologically, we want to know there are others who feel the way we do. So the media went out of their way to make it look like the only people who loved Trump and hated Hillary were the ones at the rallies. Just a small, insular movement of racists and deplorables. Everyone else was “with her.”
Pre-internet, this strategy might have worked. But in the new media age (and with a candidate who knew how to bypass the gatekeepers and take his message directly to the people), they just wound up embarrassing themselves. And now they’re trying to find explanations and excuses that will cover up their true intentions.