Watch Chuck Todd Admit “No One Will Come On” His Show Because He’s An Awful Journalist

People remember when journalism was journalism. They remember when they could sit down on their couches and watch their Sunday news show anchor deliver a hard-hitting interview that sets the record straight. Today, especially in today’s media age, people want a journalist who speaks the truth, like the beloved Tim Russert. Russert, the host of “Meet the Press” for 17 years, had a unique touch for conducting tough yet fair interviews which cut through political BS. It was this style of journalism that got people excited. They actually loved their news. Unfortunately, today’s “Meet the Press,” is a ghost in comparison to what it once was. Current host Chuck Todd is down 22 percent in viewers and 38 percent in the demo. It’s no secret that the show has lost its zeal formerly held by Russert, but Todd has ideas as to why.

During a panel discussion about the popularity of political satire with comedian W. Kamau Bell and “The Daily Show‘s” Lewis Black, Chuck Todd blamed comedy TVs influence on the media as the reason why he can’t conduct hard-hitting interviews. He argued that shows which satire politics like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” contribute to social cynicism. It seems as though Todd is blaming the media for his lack of support.

Bell didn’t agree with Todd’s view, saying, “You feel like I can laugh my way through this, I think that whenever they watch Jon Stewart or John Oliver, they feel like they are at least getting that person’s perspective. I don’t think people believe with the news, you know, you feel like you’re getting a corporation’s perspective.”

“I have watched you and everybody else where somebody comes on, and I don’t know how you do it because I’d be barking at them,” Black told Todd, saying it was unfair to blame comedy for political cynicism.

Todd responded with a Freudian slip, and boy is it embarrassing:

“We all sit there because we know the first time we bark is the last time we do the show. There’s something where all of the sudden nobody will come on your show.”

Todd asserts that politicians were ducking “real interviews” (a.k.a. his interviews) by appearing on comedy shows, “Which is obviously my point of view,” he finished with.

“I think that sometimes Jon Stewart has done more hard-hitting interviews with John McCain than some journalists I’ve seen,” Bell responded. “So I think sometimes comedians can — because we’re barking as we said earlier — we can get away with barking.”

In other words: when Chuck Todd tries to do it, no one likes it, so no one goes on his show. Which also means the politicians who “duck” his “real interviews” do so because they probably find him unprofessional.