President Trump on Sunday called for NBC News to fired “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd over an embarrassing video that used an incomplete quote from Attorney General William Barr when discussing the Michael Flynn case.
The one-time prestigious news program was initially called out by Kerri Kupec, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, who posted the transcript of what the show aired, and what was actually said in its entirety.
“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.
The clip that was edited had Barr, who is loathed by the left in the media, talking about the Flynn case. He said, “Well, history’s written by the winners. So it largely depends on who is writing the history.”
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Kupec set the record straight and posted Barr’s full comments, which would have been helpful if NBC News played the first time. Barr talked about winners writing history but went on to say that he thinks “a fair history would say that it was a good decision [to drop the charges against Flynn] because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and undid what was unjust.”
“Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetthePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview,” Kupec wrote.
The DOJ last week said it would drop the charges against Flynn, who was President Trump’s first national security adviser. The move was seen as a major blow to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Flynn was seen as the top case to result from the investigation.
The decision came shortly after notes revealed that claimed that Flynn was improperly trapped into lying to agents, the AP reported.
NBC News admitted the error in a tweet and said “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.”
The “error” reinforces Trump’s claim that the media is working to undermine in administration. Jimmy Kimmel, the Trump-hating late-night host, just recently had to apologize over an edited clip that he claimed showed Vice President Mike Pence playing for the cameras at a health clinic.