Trump Calls for Chuck Todd's Firing After NBC Admits to Airing Deceptively Edited Clip

  • 2020-05-11
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Trump Calls for Chuck Todd's Firing After NBC Admits to Airing Deceptively Edited Clip
NBC News aired a deceptively edited clip of Attorney General Bob Barr on Sunday and after backlash admitted it was deceptively edited.

President Trump tweeted on Sunday night calling for the firing of NBC's Chuck Todd who aired the deceptive clip and tried to create a narrative around it.

The Daily Wire first reported on the deceptively edited clip:

NBC News’ “Meet The Press” admitted late on Sunday that their segment earlier in the day on remarks made by Attorney General William Barr last week was false after host Chuck Todd was called out publicly by a spokesperson for the Department of Justice.

The remarks that “Meet The Press” deceptively edited came from the following exchange from an interview that Barr had with CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge:

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.

Todd's segment only showed the audience the first two sentences and edited the rest which provided the context for those sentences.

President Trump called for Todd's firing via The Daily Wire:

On Sunday night, after NBC’s “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd had played a deceptively-edited clip of Attorney General William Barr on Sunday morning followed by Todd using the clip as a launching pad for an attack on Barr, President Trump called for NBC to fire Todd, tweeting, “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by ‘Concast’ (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!’”

Todd followed the clip by snapping, “I was struck … 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.”

Barr spokeswoman Kerri Kupec responded to the segment on Twitter, writing, “Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetThePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview. 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.”

It took “Meet The Press” four hours to offer an apology, finally writing on Twitter, “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.”

Todd has yet to directly address the issue and it remains unknown if he will or not.

 Source: TTN

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