NBC News apologized after airing an “inaccurately” edited clip of Attorney General Bill Barr on “Meet the Press.”
NBC host Chuck Todd played a clip on Sunday of Barr defending the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
"Well, history is written by the winners, so it largely depends on who's writing the history,” Barr said in the edited clip.
Todd responded by saying he 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 was a political job."
But in the full clip, Barr argued that the decision did uphold the rule of law.
"I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law," Barr said. "It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice."
“Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis,” the “Meet the Press” Twitter account said on Sunday.
“The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” the tweet added.
Trump calls for Todd to be fired:
Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway complained that a “tweet in no way covers the error.”
President Trump retweeted Hemingway’s comments and called for Todd’s firing.
“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by “Concast” [sic] (NBC) for this fraud,” Trump wrote. “He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News!”