In a contentious “Meet the Press” interview over the weekend, Sen. Ron Johnson refused to sit quietly when host Chuck Todd accused Republicans of engaging in conspiracy theories over allegations of election fraud during the presidential election.
In a mocking tone, Todd suggested Johnson and fellow Republicans are lying over claims of election fraud, which Todd insisted are unproven, and hence the GOP leaders are “arsonists” who started a political fire they now want to keep going to fool the public.
“Because you didn’t have the guts to tell the truth,” Todd told the Wisconsin senator, “that this election was fair.”
That naked attempt to mock and shame Republican lawmakers, however, didn’t go over well. Picking up on the theme of a political “fire,” Johnson reminded Todd that the Left openly announced its “coup” against President Trump in January 2017, when he entered the White House.
“This started,” Johnson continued, “when the mainstream media stopped — dropped — any pretense of being unbiased and actually chose sides during this election.”
The senator wasn’t done, either. He continued with the example of the media running from the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
“Now we find out after the election,” Johnson continued, “no, there is a fair amount of evidence to the point that we have a real FBI investigation –
“Senator, all right,” Todd interrupted. “I’ve had enough of hearing this.”
“No, listen, I’ve had enough of this, too,” the senator responded after a moment of cross-talk.
Scott Whitlock of Media Research Center tells One News Now that Johnson was making good points in the interview and most Americans know it.
“We’ve seen over and over again the journalists don’t like being called out on their bias,” Whitlock says, “despite the fact that 73 percent of Americans think media bias is a major problem.”
Regarding Todd’s attempt to shame Johnson over over questioning election results, Whitlock points out that Democrats claimed George W. Bush stole the election from Al Gore in 2000, and some Democrats contested the Electoral College vote just as some GOP lawmakers are expected to do this week.
None of that honest history was raised by the “Meet the Press” host, however, who went on to ask Johnson if he planned to hold hearings on the moon landing and to study if the 9-11 attack was an “inside job.”
The senator got in the last word, however, after Todd poked at him with most juvenile insults and attempted to end the interview. The media, the senator pointed out, pushed the “Russia collusion” hoax to hurt Trump despite a lack of credible evidence.
“You carried that water for years,” Johnson shot back. “You destroyed the credibility of the press.”
“There’s a reason the American people ultimately turned to Donald Trump,” Whitlock observes. “And that’s because for year after year, for decade after decade, they’ve been told fake news from the media. Or the major media simply won’t cover things that are demonstrably news.”
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