Chuck Todd's Meet the Press show admits deceptive edit of Barr video, DOJ cries foul
NBC show tweets out apology after Barr's spokeswoman cites inaccuracy.
"Meet the Press," the signature news show hosted by Chuck Todd, apologized Sunday and admitted it had deceptively edited a video clip of Attorney General William Barr after the Justice Department cried foul. Even President Trump got into the action.
"Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by 'Concast' (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!" Trump tweeted out after the Sunday morning fiasco played out.
The episode began when Todd aired a clip of CBS News' Catherine Herridge asking how history would judge the DOJ's decision to dismiss the Michael Flynn criminal case. The clip showed Barr initially laughing before saying," History is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who's writing the history."
Todd immediately comments that he was "struck by the cynicism of the answer -- it's a correct answer, but he's the attorney general. He didn't make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this was a political job."
But Barr did says in the CBS interview he felt the Flynn decision upheld the rule of law, which "Meet the Press" failed to air.
"I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law," Barr said. "It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice."
A short while later, Barr's spokeswoman went to Twitter to sharply criticize the NBC show.
"Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd and @MeetThePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview," Kerri Kupec tweeted. "Compare the two transcripts below. Not only did the AG make the case in the VERY answer Chuck says he didn’t, he also did so multiple times throughout the interview."
A short while later, the official "Meet the Press" Twitter account posted an apology.
"You’re correct. Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis," the tweet said. "The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error."