Chuck Todd and MSNBC's 'MTP Daily' panel discusses the president's success employing "alternative facts." Discussing the polarization of the media, NBC's 'Meet the Press' host said: "Every one of my colleagues at MSNBC grounds their arguments in facts. No doubt, they have a point of view, but it is grounded in facts. There are other places that don't ground their arguments in facts."
"I don't want to get into a media debate," he also said. "But... we have people intentionally not agreeing on the same set of facts."
CHUCK TODD: What Earth are voters living on? On Earth One, I could make the argument that this was a horrible week for the president. On Earth One, Manafort is in jail, the fed are closing in on Cohen, N.Y. A.G. says the Trump charity is corrupt, the I.G. report ends up being a victory lap for Clinton, the North Korea summit seems to be a sham. Economy stairs down a trade war.
On Earth Two, in Trumplandia. GOP leaders losing patience with Mueller, the I.G report proofs the FBI is biased, North Korea summit averts nuclear war, message to G7 allies: You can't rip us off to, Trump gets tough on the border, economy sets new records. What world are voters living in?
YAMICHE ALCINDOR, NYT: Voters are living in a world where Mark Sanford just lost an election and where they see Republicans who are not 100% behind the president lose their jobs. I think voters -- at least the voters living in Earth Two, they want people that are going to be completely loyal to the president. And a lot of people living in Earth One, they are the blue wave that the Democrats are hoping is coming. But the Democrats are still getting their message together. Their so many headlines, the Democrats aren't saying this is the one you really need to pay attention to. They have thing they are throwing up on the wall but it's really not sticking.
STEVE BRILL, AUTHOR: They have to focus on something positive. They can't win by just attacking the president.
ALFONSO AGUILAR: The country is polarized. In democracy, you don't blame voters but we have voters who are polarized and they want to believe what their leaders have to say.
CHUCK TODD: The problem is the information loop. The information loop is destructive right now. The feedback loop that the president is participating in right now is very destructive to facts.
ALFONSO AGUILAR: I agree but I think both sides can go to their media outlet of choice and get articles that -- give them their narrative.
CHUCK TODD: Every one of my colleagues grounds their arguments in facts. Every one of my colleagues grounds their arguments in facts. No doubt, they have a point of view, but it is grounded in facts. There are other places that don't ground their arguments in facts...
I don't want to get into a media debate. But that echo chamber -- I agree with you, don't blame the voters. But that's the issue here. We are not -- we have people intentionally not agreeing on the same set of facts.
STEVE BRILL: You can't have a false equivalency about facts. Either there is a law that forces those kids to be separated or there isn't. It's not my opinion.