Meet the Press political director and host Chuck Todd thought he could pull a fast one on the viewers of his program Sunday but he was undone by a tweet from the Department of Justice exposing his shenanigans forcing the program to tweet that they regretted their error.
The complaint from the DOJ centered around an interview CBS’s Catherine Herridge had with Attorney General William Barr on his decision to drop charges against former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn which Todd played on the program.
CHUCK TODD: You brought up Bill Barr. Peggy Noonan, I want you to listen to this Bill Barr answer to a question about what will history say about this. Wait until you hear this answer. Take a listen.
CBS’S HERRIDGE: When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?
BARR: Well, history is written by the winners so it largely depends on who’s writing the history.
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. It was almost admitting that, ‘Yeah, this is a political job.
Except for the fact that Barr also said in response that “But I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice,” completely blowing up Todd’s accusation of the AG.
After the DOJ tweeted out the transcript from that part of the Herridge interview Meet the Press admitted that they made a mistake saying that they had incorrectly and inadvertently cut short the video clip.
“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.”
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
As of Monday morning, there has been no response from Todd on the deception.