Thursday, February 02, 2017

Media downplayed disdain for Clinton in heartland to avoid appearing sexist, says NBC's Chuck Todd

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Mainstream media downplayed how unpopular Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was in the heartland to avoid appearing sexist, NBC's Chuck Todd told former President George W. Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer on Todd's 1947 podcast, Ken Shepherd reports for The Washington Times.

Todd said: “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. 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. No member of the press corps wants to look like they’re singling out a group and making a group feel bad, right, whatever that (group) is."

"If we sort of were straight-up honest and blunt about, 'Hey, do we understand the level of hatred that’s out there?' and you know, all the 'Hillary for Prison' signs that are out there, we certainly would have at least made the viewer know, hey, you 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.

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