As Forrest Gump's mother said, we all make mistakes. The difference is dumb people don't learn from them.
Which brings us to Chuck Todd. In a column that should have been filled with humility, candor, and regret, Chuck Todd continued to blast Trump's supporters as a basket of deplorables. Todd co-wrote it with Mark Murray and Carrie Dann.
- That the conventions and presidential debates actually mattered;
- That a small band of partisans couldn't get away with trying to delegitimize the media;
- And that a presidential candidate who demolished so many norms (not releasing tax returns, talking about jailing an opponent, threatening not to respect the election's outcome) would pay a price for them in the end.
They do not get it.
"A small band of partisans" did not "delegitimize the media."
The media did that all by itself.
NBC went with an all-female staff covering the candidates, ands allowed Hillary confidante Andrea Mitchell to play reporter as one of the girls on the bus. (Relax, that's a play on the title of the 1973 classic about campaign coverage, "The Boys on the Bus.") Trump was covered by Katy Tur at the last moment who was pulled from the London bureau, which upended her life without warning. Yes, what a great way to start.
To be fair, even with its sexist staffing, NBC was not the worst coverage out there.
WikiLeaks revealed that CNN truly was the Clinton News Network as it lavished affection on her just as it did Obama eight years earlier. The leaked emails showed a deference to Hillary not seen since CNN bowed to Saddam Husein in an effort to keep its Baghdad bureau open so it had bragging rights to covering the Middle East from within. CNN revealed this aiding of the enemy only after the USA tanks rolled through Iraq in April 2003.
CNN -- not Trump -- delegitimized CNN.
But Chuck Todd is doing a heckuva job of delegitimizing NBC.