NBC's Chuck Todd Faces Backlash for Highlighting Letter Comparing Bible Story to Trump Falsehoods and 'Fairy Tales'

MSNBC's Chuck Todd faced backlash on social media on Sunday for highlighting a letter to the editor that said religious people who believe in "fairy tales" such as Noah's Ark, want to be lied to and support President Donald Trump.

During a segment on Sunday's Meet the Press, Todd referenced a Lexington Herald-Leader letter to the editor written by David Bowles on January 15 that compared Bible-believing people to supporters of the president.

"[Why] do good people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales," the letter read. "This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good... The more fairy tales and lies he tells the better they feel... Show me a person who believes in Noah's ark and I will show you a Trump voter."

"It was a fascinating attempt to try to explain why some people support President Trump," Todd said, in reference to the letter. "This gets at something that my executive producer likes to say, 'voters want to be lied to sometimes. They don't always love being told hard truths.'"

The panel, consisting of New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron, responded by challenging the sentiments made in the letter.

"I'm not quite sure I buy that," Baquet said. "Politicians historically have lied to people. I don't want to keep flogging Mary's terrific Afghanistan story but that was about a generation of political leaders who lied in the most egregious way, which was to say a war that was failing and leading to American deaths was actually succeeding. I'm not convinced that people want to be lied to. I think people want to be comforted and I think bad politicians sometimes say comforting things to them."

"I think we have to be careful, I don't want to be dismissive of people who support the president. I think they're owed our respect and they certainly have mine," Baron said, "but they feel that the so-called elites in Washington has not paid attention to them. That they don't understand their lives, they don't understand their concerns and they're not being heard. They feel that the president is actually listening to them and addressing their concerns so they tend to believe him."

Baquet and Baron were not the only people who disagreed with the letter's contents. Following the segment, conservative writers and Trump supporters took to Twitter to condemn Todd for touting Bowles' theories.

"If Chuck Todd's wondering why Trump voters don't trust the mainstream media, one reason might be they don't like supposedly impartial reporters insinuating the real reason they support the President is because they 'want to be lied to' and comparing the Bible to 'fairy tales,'" Zach Parkinson, who works for Trump's 2020 campaign, tweeted.

"No big deal, just @ChuckTodd attacking believing Jews, Christians, and Muslims (all three faiths contain the story of Noah's Ark) because Drumpf," Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy tweeted.

"On a morning after an attack on people of faith, @ChuckTodd uses an ugly Letter to the Editor to mock religious people. What a repugnant individual," News Busters' Managing Editor Curtis Houck tweeted.

"The fairy tales Chuck Todd told us for years about the Steele dossier have more to do with media distrust than Noah's Ark," conservative writer Ben Domenech tweeted.

"Sleepy Eyes @chucktodd is to journalism what Goebbels was to free speech...," author Tony Shaffer tweeted.

"Just a reminder: If you believe in God or the Bible, @chucktodd thinks you are a gullible, fairy-tale-believing sap. From the party who booed God...." actor Nick Searcy tweeted.

"I wonder if Chuck Todd also thinks this is a 'fairy tale,'" Fox News' Brit Hume tweeted, alongside an image CNN's Jake Tapper shared earlier on Sunday celebrating Hanukkah.

"Chuck Todd providing conclusive proof that he's the second dumbest guy in the media business, only slightly trailing the hapless Brian Stelter," American conservative radio host Dan Bongino tweeted.

"Just a normal Sunday morning on@MeetThePress in which @chucktodd calls the Bible a fairytale & attacks believers for supporting @realDonaldTrump's agenda. Enemy of People of Faith," writer Cliff Sims tweeted.

NBC did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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NBC host Chuck Todd faced backlash on Sunday after he read out a letter to the editor that suggested President Donald Trump's supporters believe in "fairy tales," such as Noah Ark and want to be lied to. NBC News/Screenshot
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