Different network, same fawning coverage. MSNBC journalists Chuck Todd
and Luke Russert fawned over Bill Clinton, Monday, with Todd "loving"
the liberal history lesson that the former Democratic President gave on
Rather than play the interview straight through, Russert and Todd would show a clip and then marvel over Clinton's wisdom. Regarding Obamacare, the Daily Rundown anchor introduced, "Well, speaking of health care, I love the history lesson he gave you on health care. Here’s his health care answer."
proceeded to repeat standard liberal talking points about the health
care bill, including historical references that others have made. After
the clip, Russert enthused, "John Adams making sea men get insurance!"
Russert offered Clinton softball questions about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who the MSNBC reporter referred to as "somebody who is now the highest rated, in terms of popularity."
Earlier, the young journalist offered this softball about the Clinton Global Initiative: "You often talked about that this century was going to be the next great American century. Can this millennial generation deliver that great American century with this--these terrible unemployment numbers?"
The only question that could plausibly be interpreted as tough came when Russert noted "you were able to come back [in 1992] and you never trailed in the poll after July. Can Mitt Romney do that?"
Russert and Todd, just like Jake Tapper at ABC, just seemed unable to find tough questions for the former President.
A partial transcript of the Daily Rundown segment, which aired at 9:15am EDT on April 2, follows: