In case you missed it, over the weekend NBC political analyst Chuck Todd, ignited a small media firestorm in the progressive blogosphere when discussing Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg’s, involvement in Ohio electronic voting machines.
The revelation over Tagg’s investments had created enough sparkwaves to reach Todd’s Twitter account in which the analyst rejected the so-called conspiracies and compared them to birthers, the infamous “movement” that questions the citizenship of President Barack Obama.
Now, on the surface Chuck Todd’s comments aren’t all too shocking nor essentially controversial. Todd is someone who isn’t overtly partisan in his reporting and there isn’t simply enough evidence that would qualify the electronic voting machine theory to really mean anything. In fact, it’ll more than likely be a non-factor especially if current polls continue to show a moderately comfortable lead for President Obama in Ohio.
Yet is it really fair to compare the, we’ll call them “machiners”, to the birthers? Yes, the birthers were a group of mostly far-right zealots that were looking for any way possible to make the presidency of Barack Obama illegitimate. But, how many “machiners”, have you seen in the halls of Congress?
The birther movement, to the informed, is simply a fringe conspiracy-riddled movement that was fostered out of political hate. It’s fairly clear though, even amidst the release of Barack Obama’s short-form and long-form birth certificate, that “media-relevant people” (such as Donald Trump) still find enough credibility in their long-denounced claims.
Often on the left, we sometimes groan or rarely laugh at the newest birther theory simply over the ridiculousness that the theories espouse. Yet, the birthers continue to somehow eek their way into the news media. When has a 9/11 truther received the continuous amount of exposure that the birthers have? How about the Osama bin Laden “deathers”? Same goes with the Mitt Romney “tax returners”?
All of them are quickly labeled as conspiracy theorists, often ridiculed (usually for good reason) and then slowly get phased out of the news over the latest poll or story. Yet the birthers have received more than scant coverage over the past four years. Even if Chuck Todd marginalizes them, he has received some criticism from the President himself on how he covered the “carnival barkers”.
But yes, Mr. Todd please eliminate the birther talk; I fully agree with you in that regard. Heck, you have the freedom to even denounce the “machiners” as well, as there is only circumstantial evidence that it is even a fringe issue. However, let’s not compare the two until you spend the next four years discussing how loony the machiners are.