Tydens 'n onderhoud with Mediaite published on Thursday, Todd was asked to weigh in on the controversy over Tapper’s apparent blacklisting of pro-Trump Republicans he has deemed “election liars.”
“I think you’ve got to be careful of absolutes, reg?” Todd said. “I feel like I have a compact with my viewers that they expect me to deliver them the information they need … You don’t know when somebody you think deserves to be banned is suddenly somebody that is, jy weet, you’ve got to deal with. Because you may not like them, but they have the power, they’re the elected Speaker of the House or something like that … At the same time, I think you should protect your viewers from being gaslit.”
Die “Ontmoet die pers” moderator then divided politicians into three categories; “absurd, belaglik, uninformed gaslighters,” “professional hijackers” who want to fight and dominate the conversation- which he insisted should be interviewed “on tape” rather than live, and those who should be asked “aanspreeklikheid” vrae.
“I think you have to … have the guts to make those choices,” Todd said. “It is about the deal you’ve cut with your viewers … I think there are some people who have made a deal with their viewers that they are going to speak for them, and that’s what the viewers want from them. I have no criticism of that. That’s their decision … But that’s not the compact I made with my viewers. That’s not the compact that we made in broadcast television, Terloops. I think that all broadcast TV has to be careful of the B-word, of banning anybody.”
Chris Wallace, gasheer van “Fox News Sondag,” rejected the idea of banning any GOP lawmaker who opposed certifying President Biden’s electoral victory and challenged the results of the 2020 verkiesing.
“I don’t think moral posturing goes well with news gathering,” Wallace told Politico. “There are plenty of people I would like to have on “Fox News Sondag” that voted to challenge the election — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for one. And I don’t have any rule about what the first question has to be. I have asked plenty of guests about voting to challenge the election and about Trump’s role in the January 6th insurrection. But I cover the news, wherever that takes me.”
Even Tapper’s own CNN colleague Jim Acosta rejected the “Staat van die Unie” anchor’s position.
“Wel, I do think there [is] some use in interviewing them because I think they have to be challenged on their viewpoints,” Acosta told Mediaite.