Opinion: Chuck Todd has bigger problems than Noah’s Ark

by Peter Heck · Jan 1st, 2020 12:56 pm

It was simply par for the course at NBC, but that doesn't mean it was any less shameful. Ostensibly leading a Meet the Press conversation on "disinformation campaigns" – a topic of which he is unquestionably an expert – the peacock network's Chuck Todd managed to mockingly insult the intellect of millions of religious Americans.

In case you missed it, Todd chose to highlight a most obscure letter to the editor from one of the nation's smallest major newspapers, the Lexington Herald-Leader, as he sought to discredit President Trump and his supporters. Here's the text of that featured letter in its entirety:

The question of the decade is: Why do people support President Donald Trump?

We all know why white supremacists do, that is obvious. But why do good people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales.

From childhood, they were told stories that were fascinating but simply not true. This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good. Later in life some people mature, study facts and cause and effect, and start thinking more logically, even if the results are undesirable.

So you have this population that loves Trump because he makes them feel good. The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel. Trump is a master liar who knows what makes people feel good and that is what he goes with. Sure, it would be nice if climate change did not exist.

Show me a person who believes in Noah's ark and I will show you a Trump voter. There are multiple solid scientific reasons the ark did not happen. Some people learn this and some don't, and those who don't will accept Trump. But can the world survive on fairy tales?

Umm…what?

I suppose I can understand how something that juvenile makes it onto a rather inconsequential editorial page, but to be elevated to discussion on Meet the Press? Really? On any given day you could find a more thoughtful, logical, reasoned letter in any small-town newspaper in America. Yet this one was identified, vetted, and highlighted by the executives at NBC? That's what stood out at me about this whole episode.

  • Is it true that Todd ran with the tired, "Bible = fairy tales" narrative? Yes.
  • Is it accurate to say that by doing so he managed to insult the intelligence of millions of his fellow countrymen who belong to faith traditions accepting the validity of the Noahic flood (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)? Yes.
  • Is it true that by dismissing the reality of the great flood, Chuck Todd unwittingly outed himself as a believer in some fantastically absurd assumptions (some might even call them "fairy tales") about geology and global history? Yes.

But honestly, while those were the things that rightly caused NBC to come under fire from most critics, I'm still hung up on something else.

Chuck Todd called this letter a, "fascinating attempt to try and explain why some people support President Trump." Is he serious? Are his editors, staff, and producers, who unquestionably were involved in finding and promoting this rather sad "letter" of a similar mindset? Is this the state of intellectual curiosity among leftist media types like Todd?

I know groupthink is bad in their circles; I understand these East Coast elites have willfully locked themselves into echo chambers of pretended sophistication that looks contemptuously down upon anyone who disagrees with their politics. But there is absolutely nothing fascinating about this letter, there's nothing intriguing about it, there's nothing even remotely interesting about it.

It reads like a disjointed rant – white supremacy, climate change, Noah's Ark, fairy tales, manipulation – that is poorly tied together with the buffoonish conclusion that "you could only vote for Trump if you have a fetish with being lied to."

If that's what "fascinates" anti-Trump activists like Chuck Todd, I'd contend the real "disinformation campaign" conversation that needs to be held revolves around how he and others in the Democrat Media Complex have come to be so completely duped by their own propaganda.

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