NBC News network and “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd were caught airing an edited interview of Attorney General William Barr commenting on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to drop the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Last week, the DOJ dropped the case against Flynn and the House Intelligence Committee released transcripts of its investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Flynn was charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over his conversation with the Russian ambassador.
NBC News and Todd are under fire for not airing the full clip of the interview with CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge and Barr.
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. pic.twitter.com/PR1ciceMmE
— KerriKupecDOJ (@KerriKupecDOJ) May 10, 2020
The completely dishonest editing by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press is exposed below.
Attorney General Bill Barr DID “make the case” that he was upholding the rule of law, but Todd uses deceptive editing to leave that part out.
WATCH ⬇️ https://t.co/ssOfKI4lNy
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) May 10, 2020
Today on Meet The Press, @chucktodd wildly took context out of an answer AG Bill Barr gave about his decision to drop the case into Gen. Michael Flynn.
I cut Todd's segment along with Barr's full answer together. Look at how blatantly dishonest this is. pic.twitter.com/tODOEwL48V
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 10, 2020
Following outcry over the edited clip, a statement was issued from the “Meet the Press” social media account saying “we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip.”
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 remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) May 10, 2020
President Trump said “Todd should be FIRED” on social media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
Critics weighed in on social media.
Just precious. After being caught by @KerriKupecDOJ for selectively editing AG Barr statement on Flynn @MeetThePress doesn’t apologize but note they “inadvertently” cut short the video. They would slam conservatives as liars if they did they same, when they do it they “update” https://t.co/NiHtOcX2mU
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) May 11, 2020
A tweet in no way covers the error. https://t.co/Co5vRzYUIt
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 11, 2020
Will you be issuing an on air retraction?
— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) May 11, 2020
Yes Shem, they will be issuing the retraction as soon as they can find a talking Unicorn to come on air & deliver it.
— Joe Friday (@InsurancePlanX) May 11, 2020
It’s outrageous for NBC News and Todd to mislead viewers by distorting information from Barr’s interview.
NBC News and Todd must be held accountable for using the airwaves to promote anti-Trump administration propaganda.