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Cheney, Rove On Sunday Shows: Bush Knew About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.32.55 AMFormer President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.

“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked ”Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.

“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”

Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”

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Chuck Todd On Torture Report: Americans ‘Very Forgiving’ On This Front

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In more “torture report” related news… “Meet the Press” host, Chuck Todd, appeared on “Morning Joe” today ahead of his scheduled interview Sunday with former Vice President, Dick Cheney.

Referring to the American public’s initial support of anti-terror prevention through the use of extreme tactics, Joe Scarborough said to Todd, ”like in a time of crisis, Americans throw the niceties out. They leave it to Columbia Law School Professors to talk about legality. They’re like ‘keep us safe.’ You know?”

“No, it is,” Todd responded in agreement. ”It’s always one of those — and I’m sure you’ve had votes like that — where in the moment, it’s one thing, ten years later you look back and, ‘Hmm, should we have thought about that better? Should we have thought about that differently?’ And I think that’s the fairest, sort of defense in all of this is … you’ve got to remember the way things felt in the moment”

Todd went on to say, “Americans are very forgiving on this front. The thing that this report is damaging is relationships overseas.”

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Dick Cheney Scheduled For Meet the Press

Meet the Press with Chuck ToddAfter describing the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture as “full of crap” on Special Report with Bret Baier last evening, former VP and Emperor Palpatine impersonator, Dick Cheney, is scheduled to appear on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd this Sunday — most likely to spread some holiday cheer.

Although the former Vice President told Baier that he “hadn’t read it,” Cheney shamelessly defends the torture program, comparing it to the Iran-Contra affair (another proud moment in the history of US foreign policy…).

Discussing the imprisonment and torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Sith Lord stated, “He is in our possession, we know he’s the architect, what are we supposed to do? Kiss him on both cheeks?”

Tis the season!

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‘Meet the Press’ Dominates DC Market, Posts Ratings Growth

04AbiJGzAccording to Nielsen Media Research data, NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” dominated the Washington, DC market last Sunday (November 30, 2014) as the #1 Sunday morning public affairs program in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

The show, which ranks #2 nationally in both categories, beat the competition combined in the demo with 24,000 viewers on WRC.

“Meet the Press” also saw a +7% gain in total viewers and +17% gain in A25-54 viewers compared to its 2014 4th quarter to-date average.

Meet the Press Rated DC’s #1 Sunday Show Again

04AbiJGzOnce again, Meet the Press with Chuck Todd was the number one rated Sunday show last week (November 23rd) in terms of both total viewers and demographics in the Washington, DC market.

The show beat the competition (CBS News’ Face The Nation, ABC News’ This Week, Fox News Sunday) combined by 20,000 viewers.

The edition featured interviews with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on immigration; a discussion on Ferguson with Rudy Giuliani, Former New York City Mayor, Michael Eric Dyson, Professor at Georgetown University & Anthony Gray, Attorney, The Michael Brown Family; a discussion on Keystone with John Hofmeister, Fmr. Chief Executive Officer, Shell Oil, & Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, “The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power”. Plus a political panel with Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter and Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

 

Meet the Press Salutes Marion Barry

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On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd remembered former DC mayor, Marion Barry, who passed away over the weekend.

“Marion Barry died overnight after a brief stay in a Washington D.C. hospital,” said Todd, “Barry rose to national prominence as mayor of Washington D.C.  He was a commanding presence for decades.  He served four terms as mayor and one term in prison.  Marion was a civil rights leader who became mayor, a symbol of self governance for African Americans who put many blacks in positions previously reserved for whites.”

Todd continued, “but he also struggled with addiction and famously was arrested in a sting operation in a Washington hotel.  He had been lured there by a former lover.  And while that arrest is what many Americans outside Washington remember, for Washingtonians, at least for some of them, they forgive him because of his days as a civil rights leader.  Marion Barry was 78.”

Video Courtesy of NBC’s Meet the Press.

#TweetThePress with Chuck Todd and Mark Dubowitz

04AbiJGzIt’s Friday which means it’s time for #tweetthepress!

Really interesting conversation on Twitter regarding the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions between Mark Dubowitz (@dubo1968) of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD) and Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) of Meet the Press (@meetthepress).

Check it out on Twitter using the hashtag #tweetthepress.

Chuck Todd on Awkwardness Over Gregory’s Departure

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.21.48 PMSo… Water under the bridge, right? Ahhhh.

In a HuffPo Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill, Chuck Todd discussed his relationship with former Meet the Press host, David Gregory.

When asked whether interactions with Gregory were still awkward in any way, Todd uncomfortably sighed, “about as awkward as being asked questions about it.”

Ouch.

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Luke Russert’s Final ‘Daily Rundown’ Sign Off

Luke-Russert2For its last broadcast to originate out of DC, NBC’s The Daily Rundown ended Friday morning with a Luke Russert monologue thanking  Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd. Russert said it was honor to guest-host the show.

Starting next Monday, the show, which began in 2010, will be hosted by José Díaz-Balart based out of Miami.

(Video via Mediaite)

Gov. Bobby Jindal on ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday

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NBC’s Chuck Todd will sit down for an exclusive interview with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Jindal, an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act and potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, will discuss his decision not to expand Medicaid in his state, just one day after open enrollment begins for the second time under the health care law.

The governor is also slated to discuss the politics behind the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as the actions President Barack Obama will reportedly take to grant amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.  The crew will also discuss his ambitions for 2016.

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