Chuck Todd Thought Obama Could Heal Nation With His ‘Magical Negro’ Powers

Manny Otiko
5 min readMar 19, 2019
Chuck Todd (US National Archives)

Over the weekend, I watched political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Facebook live and he made a salient point. Although Hutchinson has appeared on MSNBC and FOX News Channel, he says the pundits’ views are not necessarily better than the average person.

And this brings me to Chuck Todd. Todd is considered to be one of the leading political pundits in the country. He hosts “Meet The Press,” and “MTP Daily” on MSNBC and previously served as NBC White House correspondent. So why does he make such dumb statements?

I stopped watching “Meet The Press,” several years ago when I discovered they featured a revolving cast of geriatric pundits. Apparently, they seem to think only white men are qualified to discuss politics in a country that is getting more diverse by the minute. A study by Media Matters showed that pundits on the supposedly middle-of-the-road Sunday morning shows actually skew to the right. A 2018 study, showed 48 percent of the pundits were conservative, 42 percent were moderate and only 8 percent were liberal.

The other Sunday morning political shows aren’t much better. ABC’s “This Week,” regularly features right-wing propagandist/performance artist Ann Coulter and treats her as if she’s a serious pundit. Coulter recently said ICE shouldn’t do wellness checks on children in detention centers.

However, even though I avoid the Sunday political shows, I still see the clips online. So I was stunned to read Todd’s interview with Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. He said, “You aren’t the first candidate to say, ‘I’m going to bring this country together.’ The most recent Democratic president, a lot of people put their hope in the thought he was the answer that was going to do that. Why do you think that didn’t happen in Obama’s eight years?”

He followed that by asking O’Rourke if being a white man was a disadvantage in the Democratic presidential race.

What? A recent poll shows the two leading candidates in the Democratic primary were Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Last time I checked, neither of them are brothers.

Todd’s criticism of Obama is baffling. Does he have short-term memory problems? Or is he…

Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.