NBCs Chuck Todd Apologizes for Spreading Disinformation About Attorney General
NBC anchor Chuck Todd apologized for spreading disinformation about Attorney General William Barr, c..
NBC anchor Chuck Todd apologized for spreading disinformation about Attorney General William Barr, claiming he had not watched a full interview with the official from which he took a brief, edited clip to try to make a point.
Todds “Meet the Press” show included a clip of Barrs recent interview with CBS. It showed Barr saying that “historys written by the winners” after being asked how history would view the Department of Justice moving to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“So it largely depends on whos writing the history,” Barr added.
The clip was cut off there during Sundays program.
Barr went on to say: “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.”
Todd told viewers: “He didnt make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”
Todd on Tuesday apologized, saying he had not watched the interview with Barr or even consulted a transcript, which was posted on CBS website on May 7.
“During the program, we aired a soundbite from a CBS interview with Attorney General Bill Barr,” Todd said. “In the bite that we aired, and commented on, Mr. Barr was asked how he thinks the history of his decision to end the prosecution of the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, will be written. Mr. Barr answered, quote, History is written by the winner, so it largely depends on whos writing the history.'”
“In the full version of the interview and transcript, he went on to say, But I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law.
“Now, we did not edit that out. That was not our edit. We didnt include it because we only saw the shorter of two clips CBS did air. We shouldve looked at both and checked for a full transcript, a mistake that I wish we hadnt made and one that I wish I hadnt made.
“The second part of the attorney generals would have put it in the proper context, and had I seen that part of the interview, I would not have framed the conversation the way that I did. And I, obviously, am very sorry for thaRead More – Source