NBC political director and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said he believes political candidates must “prove that they’re worthy of coverage” from cable news outlets.

“I feel compelled to give everybody a chance to prove that they’re worthy of coverage,” Todd stated.

While he did not clarify what “worthy” means to him, Todd did offer a brief explanation of his remarks and said that if someone suddenly receives a “following,” cable news will be there.

“I don’t even want to sit here and say, ‘Yeah, we’ll never have an embed on Marianne Williamson,’” Todd said. “How do I know that? She may get on that debate stage and suddenly have a following, and there we will be.”

Todd’s comments drew criticism from social media users, including former White House official Steven Cheung, who asked, “Who gets to decide whether a candidate is worthy enough?”

Todd’s statement stems from a conversation regarding Marianne Williamson, a spiritual author who has entered a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Williamson was previously unsuccessful in her run for California’s 33rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in 2014 as an Independent.

Earlier this month, Williamson claimed that she has reached the 65,000-donor threshold to qualify for the upcoming primary debates.

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