NBC's Chuck Todd fired off a mocking insult to CNN's Chris Cuomo after hearing that he dismissively compared the news anchor to Jake Tapper.
"I just read [Cuomo's comment] as somebody who wanted to defend that fact that nobody in broadcast television wanted to hire him, I guess, or he couldn't get the job that he wanted," Todd said.
"I don't know what it was, but he was awfully defensive so he took shots at other people," he concluded.
He added that Tapper is his friend and that he was "angrier" than anyone about Cuomo's comments.
Todd was made the comments to WABC in New York in response to a jab from Cuomo published on Wednesday.
"Anderson Cooper is a hell of a lot bigger than any male anywhere on network television," Cuomo said in the interview.
"I would argue that Chuck Todd ain't Jake Tapper," Cuomo added. "Jake Tapper has a much bigger footprint in politics than Chuck Todd does."
The Hill reported that Chuck Todd's Sunday program has almost four times as many average viewers as Tapper's daily news show on CNN.
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