Trump says Chuck Todd should be fired over edited clip of Barr
President Trump called for Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” to be fired after the program issued an apology for “inadvertently and inaccurately” cutting short a clip of remarks made by Attorney General William Barr about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In a tweet blasting Todd late Sunday, Trump wrote: “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 added, while also tagging the official Twitter accounts for the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman, Ajit Pai, in the message.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
His comments came hours after Kerri Kupec, director of communications and public affairs for the Department of Justice, called out Todd and his morning show on Twitter for cutting short remarks Barr made about his department moving to drop Flynn’s case.
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 tweet includes a transcript of remarks Todd made during a recent panel on his show in response to edited comments made by Barr about the decision in an interview.
“You brought up Bill Barr. Peggy Noonan, I want you to listen to this Bill Barr answer to a question about what history will say about this. Wait until you hear this answer. Take a listen,” Todd says.
A clip then begins of an interview Barr gave on CBS, during which an interviewer can be heard asking him, “When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?”
“Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” Barr responds in the shortened clip.
After the clip is stopped, Todd then goes on to say, “I was struck, Peggy, 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 is a political job.”
In a full transcript of the CBS interview, the journalist asks Barr, “In closing, this was a big decision in the Flynn case, to — to say the least. When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written? What will it say about your decision making?”
“Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history. But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law,” Barr responds.
“It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice and it undid what was an injustice,” he claims.
Kupec said in her tweet on Sunday that she was “disappointed” by what she referred to as the “deceptive editing/commentary” by Todd and the NBC show.
“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,” she added.
In response to her tweet on Sunday evening, the show also agreed and said it had “inadvertently and inaccurately” cut Barr’s comments short.
“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,” the show added.
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