The right-leaning website has long argued that Todd is more interested in attacking Democrats than in probing problems.
“This guy is as disrespectful as they come,” said Ben Shapiro, editor of Breitbart News. “This is a man without a basic record of investigations, as The Weekly Standard is so fond of pointing out, who was running for the Senate from Pennsylvania in 2003 when he cut an ugly video exposing his colleagues’ sex and drugs, and who showed up on late-night TV and launched personal attacks on Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart.”
A spokesperson for Todd’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. Todd has at times played down his closeness to the conservatives who have made him his campaign’s leader, and he has consistently denied being influenced by his ties to Breitbart, which he described to The Weekly Standard as a “conservative media watchdog” in 2014.
Todd has come under increased scrutiny in recent months for his ties to the President-elect, who singled him out in his controversial interview with CBS’s Jeff Glor, and whose advisers have frequently called the show a “fake news” outlet.
“I’ve done nothing to contradict any of the broadcast network’s reporting,” he said in January, adding that “I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of hours of coverage and interviewed all the major candidates.”
Still, Shapiro said some viewers had expressed disappointment in the network. “CBS, run by the left-wing, anti-Trump majority of journalists, found one little men who appeared on cable news for a few minutes and ignored or undercut the one mainstream journalist who thoroughly covered the election in a critical report,” he said.
A spokeswoman for CBS News said the network had reviewed its coverage, including Todd’s on “Face the Nation,” and there had been no retraction of or correction of anything it had reported or covered.
“Based on the facts we have reviewed, ‘Face the Nation’ and Todd respected a policy in place at that time that allowed Rittenhouse reporters to be armed, wear body armor, and cross state lines to cover the race for governor,” she said. “After further investigation it was determined that he was in fact armed and had done nothing to cross state lines. ‘Face the Nation’ has always covered the law enforcement beat, from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. our reporters, along with correspondents from across the network, seek to give readers and viewers an understanding of issues that are of importance to them and the country. That is a key element of our programming that was followed by executive producer Mary Hager, her producing staff, and other senior CBS News people at the time.”
Representatives for Fox News and The Washington Post did not respond to requests for comment.