Morning Jolt: No, Inviting Trump onto a Sunday Show Does Not ‘Normalize Fascism’

On the menu today: The country's biggest Sunday morning interview show, NBC's Meet the Press, begins a new era this weekend, and Kristen Welker's takeover from Chuck Todd starts with a bang by airing a sit-down interview with former president Donald Trump. But liberal talking head Dean Obeidallah argues that NBC News is "helping normalize fascism" by airing the interview with Trump. There are people in this country who believe that Trump is so dangerous, odious, and unacceptable that a news institution like NBC News is aiding and abetting him just by interviewing him and airing that interview, even if that interview features tough questions, skepticism, rebuttals, etc. It inadvertently reveals an absolute terror that in a free exchange of ideas, the country will make the wrong choice, and a belief that the electorate must be walled off from certain figures, perspectives, and arguments. It's a not-so-subtle yearning for a system more akin to California's recent senate races, ...

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No, Inviting Trump onto a Sunday Show Does Not 'Normalize Fascism'

On the menu today: The country's biggest Sunday morning interview show, NBC's Meet the Press, begins a new era this weekend, and Kristen Welker's takeover from Chuck Todd starts with a bang by airing a sit-down interview with former president Donald Trump. But liberal talking head Dean Obeidallah argues that NBC News is "helping normalize fascism" by airing the interview with Trump. There are people in this country who believe that Trump is so dangerous, odious, and unacceptable that a news institution like NBC News is aiding and abetting him just by interviewing him and airing that interview, even if that interview features tough questions, skepticism, rebuttals, etc. It inadvertently reveals an absolute terror that in a free exchange of ideas, the country will make the wrong choice, and a belief that the electorate must be walled off from certain figures, perspectives, and arguments. It's a not-so-subtle yearning for a system more akin to California's recent senate races, ...   READ MORE

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