Fake News Alert: NBC Deceptively Edits AG Barr's Comments on Michael Flynn Decision

Posted: May 10, 2020 4:15 PM
Fake News Alert: NBC Deceptively Edits AG Barr's Comments on Michael Flynn Decision

Source: AP Photo by/NBC, William B. Plowman


NBC's Meet the Press regrets "the error."


NBC's Chuck Todd played a deceptively edited clip of Attorney General William Barr's response to a question regarding the attorney general's decision to dismiss charges against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Not only were Barr's comments taken out of context, Chuck Todd accused Barr of not citing "the rule of law" when the attorney general specifically stated the "rule of law" in his answer. 

"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?" asked CBS' Catherine Herridge during an interview with Attorney General Barr on Thursday.

"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," Barr responded. 

NBC edited the video of Barr's answer to remove the whole "rule of law" part, and then Chuck Todd accused the attorney general of failing to cite the rule of law in his answer. 

"I was struck, Peggy, by the cynicism of his answer," Todd began. "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."

The Daily Caller's Greg Price posted a video showing Barr's complete answer alongside the deceptively edited clip played by Todd and the NBC anchor's untrue attacks about the attorney general's answer. 

NBC viewers watched a deceptive clip and heard lies about what a Republican said. That's meeting the press alright. 

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