NBC’s political hypocrisy was on full display in Wednesday’s Today, as Savannah Guthrie treated former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to a gushy interview about his $50 million push to promote gun control and fight the National Rifle Association.
Guthrie, mentioning the NRA has been successful at “frightening lawmakers,” asked such hardball questions as:
Mr. Mayor, I’ll start with a simple question. You had a tragedy like Newtown everybody was horrified by. You had a major presidential push, it went nowhere. Why will you succeed where no one else has been able to?
But you know this is a political heavy lift. You’re putting $50 million into the effort.
Mr. Mayor, you’ve been pretty blunt about this, saying essentially this new group is going to borrow a page from the NRA’s playbook. The NRA has been very successful in frightening lawmakers who oppose them, saying, “We’ll punish you at the ballot box.” You’re quoted in The New York Times this morning saying, “We have to make them afraid of us.”