An NBC anchor conducted several interviews with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) during the 2016 election cycle while failing to disclose his wife’s previous financial contributions to the Senator’s political campaigns.
“NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd has a wife who’s active in Democratic Party strategic communications, and sometimes donates to Democrats,” wrote the Media Research Center in 2016. “In 2012, Kristian Denny Todd contributed $2,500 to Sen. Tim Kaine. Todd never felt any need to disclose this during his three recent Kaine interviews on NBC (August 7, September 18, and October 23).”
In 2016, Kaine was Hillary R. Clinton’s running mate during her failed presidential campaign.
According to MRC, Todd also failed to mention his wife’s ties to then-presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) before interviewing him 11 times in 2016. OpenSecrets shows that Mrs. Todd’s strategy firm, Maverick Mail & Strategies, was paid $1.245 million to consult for the Sanders campaign, all while Todd conducted interviews with Sanders on the national stage.
Todd’s failure to disclose his wife’s close ties to Kaine before interviewing him on national television is a deeply unethical conflict of interest.
The same goes for interviewing a candidate from whom his wife was directly profiting. The couple obviously had a vested interest in keeping the Sander’s campaign alive.
Just another day in the mainstream press.
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