Tuesday NBC’s Chuck Todd gave an on-air apology for Meet the Press’ deceptive Barr edit, blaming partial CBS clips.
He called it “a mistake that I wish we hadn’t made and one wish that I hadn’t made… I obviously am very sorry for that mistake.”
President Trump had called on Todd to be fired.
WATCH: NBC’s @ChuckTodd just gave an on-air apology for @MeetThePress's deceptive Barr edit, blaming partial CBS clips. He called it "a mistake that I wish we hadn't made and one wish that I hadn't made… I obviously am very sorry for that mistake." pic.twitter.com/q55eHN7tMA
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TheHill reports NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd apologized on Tuesday for airing a clip Sunday of Attorney General William Barr’s interview with CBS reporter Catherine Herridge, which Todd acknowledged was misleading because of an edit that took Barr’s remarks out of context.
Todd and “Meet the Press” had come under heavy criticism for airing the clip, which made it appear that Barr had decided to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn for political reasons.
After the clip from the May 7 CBS interview aired, Todd said that Barr “didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”
On Tuesday, Todd said that while NBC was not responsible for the editing of the clip, “Meet the Press” should have checked for a full transcript.
He called it a “mistake I wish we hadn’t made and that I hadn’t made.”
He said Barr’s full answer would have put in context the portion of the interview that “Meet the Press” did air.
“Had I seen that part, I would not have framed the conversation the way I did,” he said. “And I am obviously very sorry for that mistake, and we strive to do better going forward.”
Todd was not on-air on Monday, so Tuesday represented the first chance he had to address the issue. He did so before going to a break on his daily show.
“Before we go to break, I wanted to talk for a moment about something that occurred on Sunday’s edition of ‘Meet the Press,’” Todd said.
“During the program, we had a soundbite from a CBS News interview with the attorney general, Bill Barr. In the bite we aired, he 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 winners, so it largely depends on who is writing the history.’”
Barr went on to say that “I think a fair history would say it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law,” Todd said.
“We did not edit that out. That was not our edit,” he said. “We didn’t include it because we only saw the shorter of two clips that CBS did air. We should have looked at both and checked for a full transcript, a mistake I wish we hadn’t made and that I hadn’t made. The second part of the attorney general’s answer would have put it in the proper context.”