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Chuck Todd blames 'conservative echo chamber' for falling trust in media

NBC host Chuck Todd said Sunday that the "Roger Ailes-created echo chamber" created the environment that has led to the public believing the media is biased.

"The conservative echo chamber created that environment," Todd said on "Meet The Press" while responding to an argument about the media's favorability from CBN News's David Broidy.

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"It has been a tactic and a tool of the Roger Ailes-created echo chamber."

Ailes, who died last year, was the former CEO of Fox News and widely seen as a key figure in shaping the news network.

Todd made the assertion after Broidy invoked a 2018 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey that found Americans think 62 percent of the news they read, see or hear is biased. 

Broidy argued that the poll should be considered when looking at the approval ratings of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE

"I’d say on the Republican side they got exactly what they wanted, a guy that was going to shake things up. Look, I think one of the best things going in Donald Trump’s favor — we know this — is the mainstream media," Broidy said. 

But Todd aggressively pushed back against the assertion, saying Ailes had helped initiate the perception of media bias by the public. 

He later added that the push from Trump to discredit the media was a strategy formed in his 2016 presidential campaign. 

"I’m just saying it was a creation — it was a campaign tactic," Todd said. "It’s not based in much fact."

The back-and-forth comes as Trump repeatedly rails against the press for its reporting on his administration. Trump has frequently labeled the media "the enemy of the people" and slammed its reporting as "fake news." 

A recent poll from Quinnipiac found that most Republicans agree with Trump's argument that the media is the "enemy of the people." Only 5 percent of Democrats agreed with that line from Trump.