I caught this MSNBC commercial last night featuring their own Chuck Todd, explaining (apparently) how he thinks about his job:
My job is to bring up issues that Americans care about.
It’s my responsibility to ask the tough questions. No matter who’s leading the country, they need to be held accountable.
I have unique access to the president, his advisers, the candidates and members of Congress.
I’d better use that access for a greater good. Use it for people who can’t get through the White House gates. For people who can’t be heard.
The American people deserve answers.
Huh. The Chuck Todd I see on television is more like this, this, and this–and don’t forget the time he met a journalist (Jeremy Scahill) who actually does work that resembles Todd’s self-description. Scahill appeared on a TV show panel with Todd, and criticized him for saying that investigating Bush-era torture policies would be a distraction. Off the air, Todd told Scahill that he shouldn’t be so impolite: “You sullied my reputation on TV.”
I guess my question is this: Does Chuck Todd have another job? One that more closely resembles this description of a fearless truth-teller, giving voice to the voiceless?