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Monday, October 07, 2019

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) gave a wild performance on "Meet the Press" Sunday, refusing to answer questions posed by host Chuck Todd, instead peddling unfounded conspiracy theories about the 2016 election.

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Reminds me of the performance Stephen Miller made on Fox News last weekend, not answering questions and raising all manner of conspiracy theories.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-06 04:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These people act this way, could only act this way, if convicting Trump might also lead to their own convictions.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2019-10-06 05:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

In Johnson's defense, Chuck Todd is usually a lapdog for guest letting them lie and spin without questions or challenging their claims.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-10-07 09:48 AM | Reply

When booking interviews, perhaps MTP should inform the prospective interviewees that answering specific questions is a requirement of the interview, and failure to do so could be grounds for turning off their mic and moving along with the program without allowing their deflections.

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-10-07 11:12 AM | Reply

"In Johnson's defense, Chuck Todd is usually a lapdog for guest letting them lie and spin without questions or challenging their claims."

This is true. Under normal circumstances nobody should consider MTP as anything but a safe space to lie without being challenged in a significant way. He was probably taken off guard.

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-07 11:22 AM | Reply

It's interesting, Chuck Todd seems to have gone to a spine store and purchased one for himself. Not only is this a good sign, but on his daily MSNBC show he referred to Combover Quisling's actions leading to impeachment as a national crisis.

The clip of Ron Johnson is hilarious. He did comment to the WSJ that he was concerned about Drumpf using a personal favor as the quid pro quo for releasing more military aid to Ukraine. He then saw what Dolt45 tweeted at Romney and being a spineless boot licker he immediately knuckled under and started spouting the regime's lies and conspiracy theories.

#6 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-10-07 12:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

RoJo is and has been an embarrassment to his state of Wisconsin! I voted for Feingold and Tammy!

#7 | Posted by john47 at 2019-10-07 12:34 PM | Reply

Could it be up chuck tod never let Johnson talk? Na... ... ... ... That has nothing to do with anything.

#8 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-10-07 02:31 PM | Reply

#8 It was a bad week to quit sniffing glue.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-10-07 02:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Could it be up chuck tod never let Johnson talk?"

He wasn't invited on to talk, he was invited on to answer questions. He wasn't answering questions.

#10 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-07 02:58 PM | Reply

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If you ever get the opportunity to actually speak with Senator Johnson, you will wonder how he is able to button his shirt in the morning.

#11 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2019-10-08 07:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#8 It was a bad week to quit sniffing glue.

#9 | POSTED BY NIXON

I chose the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-10-08 01:28 PM | Reply

This is just a bunch of lefty self-flagellation among members of the MSM.

Here's a different perspective on what went down:

The "MTP" host said, "Senator, please. Can we just answer the question, instead of making Donald Trump feel better that you're not criticizing him?" How could Todd possibly speak to his interviewee's motivations here? Is it not possible that Johnson, who hardly has a reputation for being a defender of Trump at all costs, simply thinks that the president has been treated unfairly with two years of specious theorizing about his ties to Russia, which were improperly investigated and then fed to a press that reported them uncritically? [snip]

The Todd-Johnson interview is a classic example of how the media no longer seem to understand their proper role. Instead of being a conduit to relay information between government and citizens, so that voters can ultimately decide what direction the country should head in, the incentives are now skewed. The media see their role as "speaking truth to power" at best, and partisan advocacy at worst. [snip]

Again, Johnson is the chairman of the Senate's Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and also serves on the powerful foreign relations and budget committees. What Johnson says is news, and it's more than likely that he is privy to all kinds of information Todd doesn't know.

Chuck Todd, however, appeared very interested in why Ron Johnson doesn't think like Chuck Todd. Instead of letting his guest say his piece, or at least reframing his initial question in a way that might be less confrontational, the host attacked the guest personally. He then spent much of the interview trying to get at why Johnson doesn't buy into the same narratives about Trump that Todd clearly believes. We learned nothing new about Trump or Ukraine or anything else for that matter, so the interviewer failed at his most primary responsibility: eliciting new information.


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#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-10-08 01:35 PM | Reply

"The Todd-Johnson interview is a classic example of how the media no longer seem to understand their proper role. Instead of being a conduit to relay information between government and citizens, so that voters can ultimately decide what direction the country should head in, the incentives are now skewed. The media see their role as "speaking truth to power" at best, and partisan advocacy at worst. [snip]"

Speaking truth to power isn't the role of a free press? You can't be serious about that. The founding fathers roll in their graves.

#14 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-08 05:08 PM | Reply

Periodic reminder that Ron Johnson spent the 4th of July in Russia and returned home pooh-poohing their election interference.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2019-10-08 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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