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    NBC News anchor Chuck Todd has been under heavy criticism from some after Sunday's airing of "Meet the Press", in which he focused on the spread of "misinformation" in the media and in what he thought would be a "fascinating attempt" to explain why some Americans support US President Donald Trump.

    During the show, Todd pointed to a letter to the editor of the Lexington Herald Leader from January, in a bid to introduce an argument as to why many US voters still support Trump.

    "[W]hy do people support Trump? It's because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales... This sets their minds up to accept things that make them feel good [...] The more fairy tales and lies he tells, the better they feel [...] Show me a person who believes in Noah's ark and I will show you a Trump voter", Todd said.

    "This gets at something, Dean, that my executive producer likes to say, 'Hey, voters want to be lied to sometimes.' They don't always love being told hard truths", Todd told New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet.

    Baquet responded by suggesting, "I'm not convinced that people want to be lied to. I think people want to be comforted, and I think bad politicians sometimes say comforting things to them".

    Todd's comment, with its unequivocal link between the Christian Bible and the modern-day ubiquity of fake news was heavily slammed by various US-based editors.

    "On a morning after an attack on people of faith, @ChuckTodd uses an ugly Letter to the Editor to mock religious people. What a repugnant individual", NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck tweeted.

    "The fairy tales Chuck Todd told us for years about the Steele dossier have more to do with media distrust than Noah's Ark", The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech wrote, referencing the controversial files reportedly documenting Trump's behaviors compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele.

    Trump campaign deputy director of communications, Zach Parkinson, in a tweet echoed the flow of criticism.

    "If Chuck Todd's wondering why Trump voters don't trust the mainstream media, one reason might be they don't like supposedly impartial reporters insinuating the real reason they support the president is because they 'want to be lied to' and comparing the Bible to 'fairy tales'", Parkinson tweeted.

    Netizens took to social media to express their indignation about Todd's assertions.

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