This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd's warning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" over the Republican effort to question Hillary Clinton's health. He suggested that the GOP was throwing former President Ronald Reagan “under the bus a little bit.”
From Wednesday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC:
“The fact is she’s the same age, she’s going to be the same age as Reagan was. If you're going to go down this road and try to claim that she’s going to have some issues, or health issues, and things of that, of this or that nature, then you may have to be throwing your own guy, Ronald Reagan, under the bus a little bit. So I think that this is a dangerous, tricky road to go down.
“And as we saw with [Karl] Rove, you go down this road, and you stumble down this road, I mean, I agree, at any point, any presidential candidate’s got to release their health records. I don't care if they’re 45 or 70. Okay, because at the end of the day, you want to know. I think it's important, the American public wants to know, they want to make their judgment about who your running mate is, things like that. So that is fair game. But to sit there and say it’s only really applies to her. And you go down that road, it’s going to look a little sexist if you’re not careful. And it's going to backfire.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Here's the latest instance of a journalist more interested in brushing back those who dare raise questions about Hillary Clinton's qualifications for the presidency than in pursuing Clinton land dissembling. It's only because of Karl Rove that Bill Clinton revealed his wife's concussion ?required six months of very serious work to get over.' In 1978 and '79, the Reagan team didn't mislead anyone about his health.”
Rating: Three out of five screams.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.