NBC's 'Meet the Press' apologizes for 'inadvertently and inaccurately' editing Barr clip

NBC’s “Meet the Press” apologized for editing a clip of an interview with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE after a spokesperson for the Department of Justice (DOJ) criticized the program

“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 news program tweeted late Sunday in response to DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. 

“The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” “Meet the Press” added. 


Kupec had tweeted that she was “very disappointed” with “Meet the Press” and the show’s host, Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Fauci lays out timeline for vaccinating teens, children Trudeau: Canadian, US border to remain closed 'for now' MORE, for not airing a portion of Barr’s interview with CBS regarding the DOJ’s decision to move to drop charges against Michael Flynn.  

President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE, a frequent critic of Todd and “Meet the Press,” was also quick to slam out the program and the host. 

“He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!" the president tweeted Sunday night, after "Meet the Press" tweeted the apology to Kupec. 


Todd referenced the CBS interview, and played a clip during which an interviewer can be heard asking Barr, “When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?”

“Well, history is written by the winners. So, it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” Barr responds in the shortened clip. 

After the clip, Todd said he was “struck” by the “cynicism” of Barr’s 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,” Todd said. 

In the full interview, Barr responded: “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.”   

During the same CBS interview, Barr dismissed accusations that the move to drop the charges was politically motivated or influenced by the president. 

He told CBS he was not doing the “president's bidding.” 

“I'm doing the law’s bidding. I’m doing my duty under the law, as I see it,” Barr told CBS News

The Justice Department said last week in a court filing it no longer believed it could make a case against Flynn. The department moved to drop the charges against the retired three-star Army general of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia shortly before Trump took office. 

Democrats renewed calls for Barr to resign following the DOJ's decision, with prominent senators including Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Mass) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE (D-Calif.) accusing the attorney general of acting in Trump’s interest, rather than the nation’s.