MSNBC’s Chuck Todd reacted to Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia on his “MTP Daily” show Wednesday evening by adding that “we are all to blame” for the divisive rhetoric in America.
“We’ve been in a tinder box of constantly escalating rhetoric for far too long now…. sadly there will be a temptation to exploit today’s tragedy for partisan gain… it’s the last thing this country needs, but it’s what this country could get if we’re not careful and our leaders don’t respond well,” Todd said in his opening statement.
He detailed Wednesday’s shooting at a GOP congressional baseball practice with video clips, and then concluded (at the 5:08 minute mark) with the following:
“Folks, some will want to blame the left or the right… or us in the media, but here’s who it seems too many folks don’t want to blame… themselves. We are all to blame. This toxic stew that passes for political discourse seems beyond repair in the current moment. Just look at social media. For too long, our collective politics has demonized the other side for caustic behavior while rationalizing that same behavior when it comes from someone who shares their politics.
“Maybe we ought to borrow another phrase that we’re all asked to do: ‘When you see something, say something.’ And for political leaders, when you see caustic behavior, no matter if that person agrees with you, why don’t you say something to them?”
“Guess what, we in the media, we have a role to play too,” Todd continued in another portion of his comments. “We need to be calling out caustic rhetoric when it’s there, and not fighting back with caustic rhetoric. ‘Whataboutism’ is among the worst instincts of partisans on both sides. When somebody says this, they say, ‘well, what about that?’ That’s not the issue. Hopefully everybody is looking in the mirror tonight and going forward.”
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