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On Sunday, NBC News political director Chuck Todd dedicated the final Meet the Press of 2019 to insisting President Trump had brought about a “post-truth society.” The same network that pushed the totally-bunk Steele dossier for years and tried to sink Justice Brett Kavanagh’s nomination with the ridiculous allegations from Julie Swetnick, wanted to lecture the public about falling for and spreading lies and misinformation. In the process, Todd lashed out at Christians for believing in “fairy tales.”
“This Sunday, alternative facts. The assault on truth (…) This morning, Meet the Press takes an in-depth look at our post-truth society and how a changing media landscape has created chaos out of order,” Todd indignantly announced during the opening tease.
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Todd began the show by lauding Buzzfeed News for discovering a “fake news farm” in the Macedonian town of Veles. “Some 140 websites pushing out made-up, pro-Trump, quote, ‘news stories’ written for Americans,” he added.
Unfortunately for Todd, Buzzfeed News was itself a kind of fake news farm. They were the first news outlet to publish the debunked Steele dossier, which was maliciously used by the FBI to obtain spy warrants against a Trump campaign aide. They were also the subject of one of the rare public statements from the Special Counsel during the Russia probe. Robert Mueller rebuked reporting claiming Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was directed to lie to Congress by the President.
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Todd would eventually bring on New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post editor Marty Baron to opine about fake news. In a conversation about the media’s need to fact-check in the Trump-era, Baquet seemed to admit his paper wasn’t interested in fact-checking presidents until Trump came along:
I mean, Marty has a very extensive fact check operation as do we. And those things didn't exist three or four years...
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