July 19, 2013
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd (Jason Reed / Reuters)

In a segment moments ago with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd mixed media analysis with his analysis of President Obama’s meditation on the implications of the George Zimmerman case:

I think what you heard today is the same thing I’ve heard from plenty of African American friends and colleagues, who are sitting there and saying, “You know what, here’s my personal experience and this should be added to the conversation.” You know, sometimes these discussions get lost in personalities, get lost in partisan, polarized politics, especially right now, where some portions of cable news try to use an incident like this in the wrong ways and we sort of miss the larger cultural discussion, the larger discussion — and I think that if there’s one thing the president can’t stand, it is the inability, he thinks, of this modern media, to have a mature discussion on race. … You and I have watched probably all week: You know, not all parts of cable television — and I’m not referring to our channel, I’m talking about all parts of the political discussion — hasn’t been very mature on this topic. And I think this was a case of the president saying, “Hey, let me try to lift it up.”

Bold text added to highlight utter mystery. To what “parts” of cable TV land was Todd referring? The Erik Wemple Blog will be wondering for ages.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.