Granted, “Meet The Press” has been awful since Tim Russert died, but the mother’s day version of the show was terrible even by Chuck Todd’s standards. Todd broadcast a deceptively edited part of Barr’s interview with CBS News’ Catherine Herridge and then criticized the Attorney General for not saying what was in the part that was edited out. Chuck Todd deceptively edits
Below is the text of the relevant part of the Herridge/Barr interview. The text in bold is the part that Todd deceptively edited out to make the Attorney General look bad.
Herridge: In closing, this was a big decision in the Flynn case, 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?
Barr: 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. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.
After ending the clip after “it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” the “Meet The Press” host admonished the Attorney General
Todd: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
I was struck by Chuck Todd’s biased editing of AG Barrs answer. As you can see by the bolded text above, Chuck Todd cut out part of Barr’s response so he could criticize him.
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
And after the Chuck Todd lie, Catherine Herridge ever the consummate pro, posted the relevant part of the interview.
#FLYNN Two big moments from our exclusive AG Barr interview @CBSNews “I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.” pic.twitter.com/aRtFnnx7da
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 10, 2020
Earlier in his interview with Herridge, Barr also spoke of the DOJ decision in the context of a nonpolitical, equal justice decision:
Well, as I said in my confirmation hearing, one of the reasons I came back is because I was concerned that people were feeling there were two standards of justice in this country. And that the political and that the justice, or the law enforcement process was being used to play political games. And I wanted to make sure that we restore confidence in the system. There’s only one standard of justice. And I believe that this case, that justice in this case requires dismissing the charges against General Flynn.
The bottom line here is that A.G. Barr will be honored by history as an honorable man. But when history looks back on Chuck Todd, It will say he wasn’t a reporter, he was a fraud.
Update: Meet The Press and Chuck Todd tried to correct their mistake with BS.
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
Here’s the truth. Chuck Todd is the Political Director of NBC. If he didn’t watch the full interview and pick the clip he wanted then he is as lousy a political director as he is a Meet The Press host. It wasn’t inadvertent, it was cut that way so Chuck Todd could make his point in a liberal’s attempt to fraudulently bash Attorney General Barr. I count the tweet above as Chuck Todd’s second big lie of the day.
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