Anatomy of a Quiet Soundbite…

Mediaite’s J.D. Durkin writes about what he thought he heard Chuck Todd mumble during today’s Meet The Press…

On Sunday’s Meet The Press, host Chuck Todd sat with a handful of Presidential candidates to discuss Saturday’s GOP Debate as well as the news of the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. As the candidates suddenly find themselves addressing this topic on the campaign trail, Texas Senator Ted Cruz managed to honor the legacy of Scalia himself during the interview, offering the comparison between the recently deceased and GOP darling President Ronald Reagan.

But as the video below indicates, Chuck Todd seems to mutter the words “Oh God” as soon as Cruz goes in on the lofty comparison.

Actually I don’t think it indicates that at all. Todd is too smooth to get caught saying anything like that on the air. Furthermore, that’s not what I heard.

It’s hard to hear what Todd said period. The second word is harder to decipher. What isn’t that hard to decipher is the phonetics of the second word. It has the “ow” sound in it. Now, unless Todd has suddenly come down with a sudden severe speech impediment there is no way he said, “Oh Gowd”. If he did say “Oh God” the phonetics should have pointed to the “aw” sound because that’s the sound of word “God”.

Therefore I believe he didn’t say “Oh God”. So what word has an “ow” sound in it that would make sense in this exchange? Well how about “No doubt”?

Let’s see how that would look in the exchange…

CRUZ: And, Chuck, just as Ronald Reagan was to the Presidency, so Antonin Scalia was to the Supreme Court. He had that big an impact.

TODD: No doubt.

CRUZ: And I think his passing yesterday really underscores the stakes of this election.

Makes sense to me. So I think Durkin got it wrong and Todd wasn’t kvetching at Cruz going into election mode but was actually agreeing that Scalia had a huge impact on the Supreme Court…which anyone regardless of ideological affiliation should agree.

6 Responses to “Anatomy of a Quiet Soundbite…”

  1. This has to be the dumbest story I’ve seen in a very long time and that’s saying a lot. Even if what Dunkin implies is true – WHO CARES!!!

    Todd, as you make the excellent case for, could have said something totally different than ‘Oh God’; and even if he said what Dunkin says he did; it could just as easily been a reaction to something his producer said in his ear or that he just spilled his coffee on his pants.

    Even if what Dunkin says is true; where’s the problem? Durkin implies, but never actually says, that Todd is being condescending to Cruz. But Chuck Todd is probably the least condescending person on TV. He goes out of his way to try and be fare; even when guests are making fools of themselves; like Cruz is in this case. You could make that argument if it were Scarborough or LOD but not with Chuck Todd.

  2. Not helping: MSNBC went and doctored the tape:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-scrubs-clip-of-chuck-todds-reaction-to-ted-cruz-comparing-scalia-to-reagan/

    If Chuck made an innocent mistake, there’s no reason to cut it. And if you are going to cut it, you absolutely cannot let it go unremarked upon … unless you’re trying to cover up the original crime.

  3. Who cares? OH MSNBC who doctored the tape!

  4. “Not helping: MSNBC went and doctored the tape:”
    “Who cares? OH MSNBC who doctored the tape!”

    ^^Cleaning a tape of ambient noise and stray comments is done for every show on cable news. But having said that; even if what Dunkin alleges is true – and he doesn’t actually say what he’s alleging – who cares?

  5. savefarris Says:

    “Cleaning a tape of ambient noise and stray comments is done for every show on cable news.”

    “A note about the clip we just played: in the original Mr. Todd was overheard referring to a producer. We’ve cleaned up the audio to remove the distraction.”

    Simple. Clean. Done.

    One it became an issue, MSNBC owes their audience the explanation. Leaving it out only invites users to fill in the blanks themselves.

  6. “One it became an issue, MSNBC owes their audience the explanation. Leaving it out only invites users to fill in the blanks themselves.”

    ^^Below is a perfectly reasonable explanation of what happened.

    “A note about the clip we just played: in the original Mr. Todd was overheard referring to a producer. We’ve cleaned up the audio to remove the distraction.”

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