I have nothing against partisan media. I think Fox should make a better effort to be journalists (and a few over there like Shep Smith do), but there’s nothing that wrong with a show, or even an entire network, having a specific ideological point of view.
I feel differently about programs and reporters who support a specific candidate. I never liked having Carville on tv in 2008 as if he were an independent Democratic analyst when it was clear he’s in the bag for the Clintons. Likewise, I didn’t like the fact that much of the rest of the media supported Obama in the primaries by failing to conceal its hatred of the Clintons.
Partly, I feel this way because of the possibility for payola. Republicans aren’t going to pay Joe Scar off to say conservative stuff because he says conservative stuff anyway. Likewise, Democrats aren’t going to pay Rachel Maddow to say what she already believes.
But when I watch something like this, I have to wonder what Nicole Wallace is getting from the Christie campaign (I think with Joe Scar is just a man crush, plain and simple). You can’t make a good argument that he’s the strongest general election candidate among Republicans anymore, so blatantly pulling for him isn’t partisan or ideological, it’s a sign that you support him over Rand Paul, Scott Walker, etc. and that you may be getting something from his campaign for going on tv to promote him.
I’ll give a summary: Joe Scar asks Todd “didn’t Chris Christie have a pretty good day yesterday?” Todd says “I guess it’s a good day that what? That he didn’t get, that more indictments didn’t come in.” Then Nicole Wallace starts yelling at Todd, saying he’s partisan. Todd explains that he doesn’t think Christie is necessarily a presidential candidate at all. Wallace continues to yell at him and call him partisan.