Chuck Todd Treats AOC with Kid Gloves, Refuses to Press Her on Green New Deal Specifics

NewsBusters | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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Already a biased journalist on the environment based on his December 30 Meet the Press stunt, MTP Daily host Chuck Todd brought on socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for Thursday’s show to discuss how she views the 2020 field, the Green New Deal, and socialism. Not surprisingly, he operated on her turf and didn’t pressure her on any of the outlandish, Soviet-style proposals outlined hours earlier in the Green New Deal.

Todd began with questions about the political disasters unfolding with Elizabeth Warren and in Virginia, but he shifted to the Green New Deal with this convoluted softball (click “expand”):

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What are you looking for when it comes to this? Most — I think everyone that’s announced running that’s in Congress has endorsed your Green New Deal or at least philosophically has endorsed it. We’ll get to the details. What are you looking for in a presidential nominee. Because let’s — let's be frank here. You created a political movement. However — people want to disagree, so you have — potentially you might have some sway, right? Nobody wants to assume anything. What are you looking for in a presidential nominee this year?

He interjected part way through Ocasio-Cortez’s long, winding answer to ask her to define “economic justice” and then a series of follow-ups on what her “red lines” would be for supporting a 2020 candidate and whether any moderating stances would be turn offs.

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So again, no fact-checking. It’s all operating on her turf while Ocasio-Cortez asserted that, yes, anything less than what she wants would be crossing a red line.

After AOC asserted that Democrats must “return to our FDR roots as a party,” Todd pointed out to her that FDR had “massive majorities when he went to push his New Deal through” and thus wanted to know how that would...
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