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Chuck Todd Is Mildly Unsatisfied With New Role

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Aww, Chuck Todd accepted the most frustrating job in media — White House correspondent — only to discover that it is the most frustrating job in media: “Obviously, I’m one of the newbies here in the White House press corps so maybe I’m unfamiliar with the ways of how this place works. I have to say, nothing is more frustrating than covering an an actual event here at the White House if you at all believe in anything remotely having to do with the First Amendment.” Usually this type of article — “Employed journalists covering the presidency whine about how much trouble they have getting information” — causes migraines, but Chuck Todd’s such a nice guy, and we’re sorry that he has such a sad. Why won’t the White House be nice to Chuck Todd? [First Read]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • chascates

    Get over yourself, Chuck. You have to be there as long as Helen Thomas to get called on. Maybe you should think of being a male escort on the side to get noticed?

  • honkeyman

    They don’t want us fist-bumping with the CEO’s.

    I’m not whining peeplz, just sayin’

  • IceCreamEmpress

    Fuck Chuck Todd.

  • BillyClubb

    I have to say, nothing is more frustrating than covering an an actual event here at the White House if you at all believe in anything remotely having to do with the First Amendment.

    What? The White House steps all over the First Amendment?

    Well reporters/press hacks, here’s a neat trick: Next time that happens, gather up your courage and step all over the White House.

  • Yes You Can Own A Piece of History

    Add this to the list of Obama failures. Bad economy, falling poll numbers, a cabinet full of tax cheats, a pot head brother, and now Chuckie T is pissed. Great work Nobama.

  • Red Zeppelin

    Clearly, he should call on the great Jeff Gannon for his advice, and maybe some rough trade also.

  • ToeCramps

    Well, if this guy didn’t have two first names – then just maybe the other kids would play with him.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Oh lord, it’s Friday, the trolls are out. ‘Yes You Can…’ must have stocked up on bathtub moonshine. BTW, you living brain donor, Barry’s poll #s are just fine (have you checked the GOP’s #s lately?) & the economy sure isn’t his fault. As for that other crap, just take another swill from the tub.

  • Mahousu

    [re=243582]ToeCramps[/re]: So was that Judd Gregg’s problem?

  • Hamster

    I think Kev-O-Tron should be wonkette’s white house correspondent. DO IT.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Chuckie T., I love ya, but get a grip. What would your job be like if the Republicans had won? D’ya think you’d be getting much access (or truth, for that matter) from McCain or Palin? And you’d probably be standing in the back, if they even let you in the room for their once-a-year presser.

  • Colander

    I suggest maybe more lipstick? Fake eyelashes really get a guy’s attention as well. He’s obviously not trying hard enough.

    [re=243583]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: It’s kind of exciting to see a joke (people blaming the economy from the past year or so on Obama) become a reality. It makes me almost want to stay sober.

  • 102415

    [re=243583]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: It was drawn here by the giant hope eating Sarah thing on the left from newsmax.

  • ToeCramps

    [re=243584]Mahousu[/re]: He’s just an asshole. Also.

  • WagTehGod

    I love it when journalists whine about their job and drape everything in the First Amendment. Nobody’s limiting your freedom to speak, Chucky. If I’m not mistaken. Also.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Chuckie should STFU. He has a nice plum job–he gets to talk to the political power players & some of the most powerful people in the world. And he gets a paycheck. Again, STFU.

  • Yes You Can Own A Piece of History

    [re=243583]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I was being a wee bit sarcastic. I think Barry will be ok.

  • Harvey Birdman

    On the plus side, he’ll have a lot more time for band meetings. Present. Also.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Yes You Can Own A Piece of History: Sorry. Whenever I see ‘Nobama’ those people are usually pretty steeped in their own version of bizarro world reality.

  • sarcasticusername

    when Chuckie T’s done crying himself a river, he should get right on building that bridge so he can get the fuck over it. maybe his pal gregory can give him some tips on how to engage in hard hitting journalism by signing up as karl rove’s dance partner, or whoever the semi equivalent asshat is in barry’s administration.

  • Urbanachiever

    [re=243608]Harvey Birdman[/re]: win!

  • sati demise

    Give me two words to describe yourself, Chuckie…

    give up?

    douche. bag.

    It might help to take out your butt plug when you are on teh job.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=243605]Yes You Can…[/re]: Snark: It’s mean, it gets misunderstood, and it gives David Denby ovarian cysts.

  • naveed

    Wait, he did get called on at the first Obama prez presser… and then educated about the causes of this depression. Hint, it’s not consumer spending that’s at fault! Sucks to be him!

  • HipHopOpotamus


  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=243614]SayItWithWookies[/re]: DENBY HEARD YOU. YOU ARE A VERY MEAN WOMAN.

  • V572625694

    Chuck Todd has anticipated all the foregoing statements and addressed them in his little bloggy thing:

    “This isn’t about us not having access, this is about ANYONE having access… if it’s NOT us, it’s the public!…Beat us up all you want, but this isn’t about us whining, it’s about us not even being able to do the job you want us to do and that is be the people’s questioner here. But, of course, having a respectable debate on this issue with some is impossible. The irony, of course, is that many of you would be just as upset about the lack of access as I am if the occupant of the White House were someone else.”

    So suck it, Wonqueteers: Chuck Todd is fighting for the little guy, for you and for me.

  • Bowdoin

    [re=243599]WagTehGod[/re]: He’s talking about Freedom of the Press, and the White House has a no-host bar.

  • Miller

    Isn’t the inane, self absorbed press not being able to yell a poorly thought out question that shows no real insight and illuminates nothing about the issue of the economy to a group of CEO’s who will ignore the question anyway as they walk past the first step towards fascism?

  • Hooray For Anything

    Maybe he’s upset because he’s no longer to take Obama up to the next level and isn’t high up on the Y axis of his friendship chart.

    Wait? That’s not a picture ofMurray? My mistake.

  • middlegirl

    Chuck Todd is a puffed up, out of his element, wonk who uses his reporter position to ask shallow questions. He should go back to number crunching.

  • V572625694

    [re=243634]Hooray For Anything[/re]: Good one.

    Too many mother –uckers –ucking with my –it, eh, Jemaine?

  • Lascauxcaveman

    My takeaway?

    Jimmy is soooooo man-crushing on Chuckie. Happy Valentines Day, you two.

  • CaliforniaMike

    Is this guy our Gannon? From that big grin on his face, he clearly knows the joys of the anal.

  • bitchincamaro

    Chuck, have you learned nothing from being in the same studio with Matthews these many months? I suggest you adopt his trademark HONK and use it liberally whenever you are “on duty”. For the people.

  • Tony Wonder

    Hey look, a whiny reporter with a face pussy. The First Amendment has truly been raped now because Chuck Todd could not ask his predictable questions. Might as well take a huge diarrhea shit on the Constitution. America is finished.

  • thefrontpage

    Maybe if he got rid of the Genghis Khan (sp?) look, he’d get some information.

    And veteran reporters know that it’s NOT about the press releases and briefings, Todd—it’s about getting your butt out into the offices and hallways and receptions and parties and meetings and book signings and developing sources—deep, informed, knowledgeable sources with accurate information–and keeping those sources anonymous, protected and taken care of, as in abiding by their wishes, keeping them anonymous, and reporting accurate, fair, objective news stories. If you do that—as the veteran reporters do on a regular basis–you will find plenty of workings of the First Amendment.

    But a reporter should never, ever whine about the very beat that he’s covering–that’s certainly not going to win you any friends or get you any high-level sources.

    The sources, and the truth, are out there.

  • lazyb

    O for the love of fuck Chuck, you want Barry to have special little reporter sessions with everyone he talks to, before they get to leave. That would be delightful. Perhaps you’d like him to write the fucking questions for you, too? God forbid you should have to track people down, do research and find out some shit for yourself. For the past eight years lobbyists have been meeting with government officials in secret to draft laws but Barry’s failure to spoon-feed your job to you is the affront to the First Amendment that you’re all aflutter about.
    Stop being a douche.

  • DoctorCulturae

    I’d like to join the STFU chorus. Biiiig pity party for white boys with questionable facial hair who have had zero suffering in their lives whining that someone hasn’t noticed them. My guess are there of plenty of others who’d take his job. Look Chuck, you’re smart and basically likable, and you’d probably like to think of yourself cut out of the Russert mold. Do some SOCIAL grunt work, not just numbers crunching. Just cause you got the job does not mean anyone there cares about that. Now that’s embarrassing.

  • comradepaulson

    What happened to my Chuck Todd from the election? The one with the numbers and the calm soothing voice underneath a fine coat of ginger face hair? I guess that Chuck Todd was just too beautiful to live.

  • Incredulicious

    I just hope he still has time to manage Flight of the Conchords.

  • HipHopOpotamus

    Glad to see I’m not the only one confused why Chuck Todd decided to take on Murray’s identity. I just recommend that he use the Goatee Saver to clean up that facial hair.

  • CuntryFirst

    It’s like grade school all over again for you Chuck. You just sit in the corner and no one talks to you, with an occasional look of disapproval from the smelly old teacher Helen Thomas, and the cool kids like Jake Tapper flip over your tray at lunch time and give you wedgies during gym.

  • Yes You Can Own A Piece of History

    [re=243609]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: No problem. Denby hears all! Also.

  • smellyal8r

    Chuck Todd was always a dubious choice. He really has no teevee reporting experience that I’ve ever seen. Time behind a desk being fed your lines by a producer is different than actually working a beat. The WH is a tough place to break in. It’s pretty cliqueish and folks are stepping over each other to get a story, plus he’s not treated with any deferential respect (even though he works for the NBC “family” of networks). I hooted aloud during Barry’s newser when Brian Williams said “our man Chuck Todd is in the front row tonight” but on the feed, Chuck was in the second row. Best part: Brian said it twice.

    Funny that two people who have new jobs at the WH aren’t happy with them: Obama and Chuck.

  • Mr Blifil

    Obama’s going to treat the press a damn sight better than Dubya. The whole point of clearing brush was to subject the press detail attached to Bush that day to searing heat and desert conditions. As punishment for being the type of folks who like to ask questions.

    I’m sure even the folks at Fox will get the nice potato rolls for the hot dogs and a decent beverage selection in the waiting room. He’s what’s known as a decent chap.

  • hobospacejungle

    Chuck “Prison Pussy” Todd is a tool and a dolt. And a moron. Also. His first question to President Obama was to ask if he would veto his own bill if it passed but didn’t have enough Republican votes, however Chuck might define “enough Republican votes.” What a maroon.

  • hobospacejungle

    [re=243846]hobospacejungle[/re]: Oh goddammit you idiot, try to get a fucking link right just once in your life, OK?

  • FigNewShoes

    Chucky should go back to college… and maybe finish his degree this time.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    This is a test link to a political cartoon

    Trying to see if I have this right

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Almost worked, everything but the actual cartoon popped up. Lets try it again w/o the .htm in the generic code provided by the HTML cheat sheet.

    This is a David Horsey

    political cartoon.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    OK, now I know how to do it, thanx, Cedge’s .

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Now, I’m one of the cool kids. Any hot babes out there wanna do me tonight?

  • windupbird

    [re=243846]hobospacejungle[/re]: I know, about the dumb question – but he’s still kind of cute

  • torera

    he was fine splainin things from a desk but his questions are longer than any politician’s answers and constitute an op-ed piece all on their own. If he’s just putting in his time til he can be a grey eminence DC columnist he’s got a long wait. Go work for a small-town paper (if there are any anymore), Chuckie, and learn Journalism.