Days after blasting Fox News and host Sean Hannity over a potential conflict of interest, NBC’s Meet The Press host Chuck Todd was asked about his own undisclosed ties to interviewees on his show.
Following news reports naming Sean Hannity as a client of President Trump’s embattled personal attorney, Michael Cohen, Todd lambasted Fox News this week for allowing Hannity to cover stories about Cohen without disclosing his alleged dealings with the lawyer.
Tweeting in reference to Hannity’s coverage of news on Cohen, Todd said, “No serious news org would allow someone this conflicted to cover this story.”
Fox News released a statement in support of Hannity, causing further outrage from Todd, who said that he was “stunned that Fox had no punitive response. Not a ‘Sean Hannity must disclose every night,’ not a ‘He can’t cover this story,’ not a ‘He’s been suspended for the week.’ Nothing! Not a single thing!”
But during an interview Friday on the WABC-AM New York radio show Bernie and Sid in the Morning, hosts Sid Rosenberg and Bernie McGuirk asked Todd about his own undisclosed relationships with guests on Meet the Press.
Referring to Jeffrey Lord’s article in The American Spectator published the same morning, the radio hosts asked Todd to respond to the hypocrisy alleged in the column.
Lord goes through a litany of examples in his article, saying that while interviewing Bernie Sanders eleven times this year, Todd never disclosed the fact that his wife’s company had received almost $2 million from the Bernie 2016 campaign.
Todd’s wife, Kristian Todd, was also communications director for Jim Webb’s Senate campaign in 2006 — but Todd did not mention that relationship in his 2017 interview with Webb on “Meet The Press.”
Kristian Todd also made a $2,500 donation to Sen. Tim Kaine, but Chuck Todd failed to disclose that potential conflict of interest when interviewing Kaine three times since last summer.
In response, Todd told Bernie and Sid, “That’s my wife. That’s not me. I think it’s a ridiculous place that we’re in in society that it’s guilt by association,” adding, “You’re trying to sully me because my wife is an individual thinker in her life.”
When McGuirk pressed further, Todd became more defensive, saying, “What my wife does with her money is her business. Judge me on my work.”