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Chuck Todd: Keeping News Outlets Out of Press Gaggle Is ‘Short-Sighted Please-the-Base Strategy’

Chuck Todd pushed back today against the Trump White House’s “increasingly hostile” relationship with the press.

He brought up President Trump‘s denouncement of news outlets that use anonymous sources before criticizing the press gaggle today that outlets like CNN and Politico were barred from.

Todd said on MTP Daily this is not “totalitarian state-like censorship,” but it is concerning:

“This is a short-sighted please-the-base strategy. It’s a tactic. All leaders need an adversary and now that President Trump doesn’t have Hillary Clinton to kick around anymore, he and Steve Bannon have decided it’s the mainstream media that is the target-rich environment and it makes the base feel good.”

In a Facebook Q&A this afternoon, Todd took it a little farther, saying that he questions “the ethics of a taxpayer funded entity practicing selective censorship.”

You can watch his remarks above, via MSNBC.

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