(h/t Scarce) Concern troll, thy name is Chuck Todd: NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd admires comedian Stephen Colbert's send-up of super-PACs. But he thinks Colbert, who has declared his candidacy for "President of the United States
January 20, 2012

(h/t Scarce)

Concern troll, thy name is Chuck Todd:

NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd admires comedian Stephen Colbert's send-up of super-PACs. But he thinks Colbert, who has declared his candidacy for "President of the United States of South Carolina," is going too far in injecting real-life politics into his own version of reality TV. [..]

"Look, he's got a shtick," Todd told a Winthrop University audience today. "I admire how he's educated his audience on super-PACs. (But) I think he's making a mockery of the system. Is it fair to the process?"

Todd also took a swipe at the media for playing along.

Making a mockery of the system? I think the media does that on its own just fine. Perhaps newly ordained A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow PAC owner Jon Stewart should save some of that PAC money to put out some ads to rightfully call out the media for their rampant failures: the trumping of the horse race, the lack of fact checking, the callbacks to irrelevant players, the refusal to call out even the most obvious lies and the never-ending navel-gazing that every story is in fact all about the media and not for the edification of their viewers. Todd clutched his pearls some more:

"What is his real agenda here? Is it to educate the public about the dangers of money and politics, and what's going on? Or is it simply to marginalize the Republican Party? I think if I were a Republican candidate I would be concerned about that."

I'm not clear how anything someone who is not on the GOP ballot anywhere could do to marginalize the Republican Party more than the actual roster of candidates have done with their own idiotic acts and statements. What Colbert is doing is far more edifying and far more informative than any interview Chuck Todd has offered. But because it's not from a Very Serious Villager, like Todd, it's dismissed summarily.

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