MSNBC’s “Meet The Press” is in hot water after it was learned they deceptively cut a video of Attorney General William Barr’s latest interview to make the case that he is not “upholding the rule of law.”
But Barr did—immediately after the clip they aired was cut off.
Like, right after, the network cut the video Barr addresses the very thing they are arguing he did not address.
Attorney General spokeswoman Kerri Kupec responded to the incident on Twitter where she voiced she was “very disappointed” in their blatant attempt to discredit the Trump administration.
Kupec specifically called out “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd and his “deceptive editing/commentary.”
“Compare the two transcripts below,” she added, sharing a transcript of MSNBC’s coverage versus what Barr actually said in the interview. “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.”
At least “Meet The Press” owned up to the mistake… sort of.
“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,” the show tweeted in response.
Check it out:
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
It wasn’t “inadvertent.” You did it on purpose to defame Barr. Your apologies are even fake news. https://t.co/enGOgUeF64
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 11, 2020
President Trump’s 2020 Campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Clark called the error “pretty egregious.”
“If Todd had aired the next ten seconds of the clip, he would find that he did,” he continued in the tweet.
“Disservice to his viewers,” Clark added.
This is pretty egregious. Chuck Todd says Barr "didn't make the case that he is upholding the rule of law."
If Todd had aired the next ten seconds of the clip, he would find that he did.
Disservice to his viewers. https://t.co/CQ3qeBUqcY
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) May 10, 2020
For a full transcript of Barr’s actual remarks, click here: Attorney General William Barr on Michael Flynn, Obamacare and coronavirus restrictions – Transcript
Here’s how some people responded via Twitchy:
You lied. Plain and simple.
— Bohemio of the Reeeeing Twenties (@El__Bohemio) May 11, 2020
This is worse than the "error". Just roll with it. Your integrity is shot to hell already.
— Michael Cordeiro (@methinksright) May 11, 2020
This should help reestablish the whole integrity of the press initiative, you clowns have in motion.
— Deebs (@DeebsFLA) May 11, 2020
Yeah, you “accidentally” cut out when he mentioned rule of law, and then @chucktodd “accidentally” denounced Barr for not mentioning rule of law. And you don’t even honestly admit what you did here.?Exactly who do you think you’re fooling? Tim Russert is spinning in his grave. https://t.co/mBkoyz6F7m
— (((Aaron “Worthing” Walker))) (@AaronWorthing) May 11, 2020
Disgraceful propaganda. You are not worthy of Tim Russert’s legacy.
— Jameson Finch (@Jameson_Finch) May 11, 2020
Please stop the pearl clutching when you’re called #FakeNews
— NYC Cat 😺 (@catmchale) May 11, 2020
I will just assume you are incompetent ok?
— wondering (@murrayckim) May 11, 2020
Wow! What a horrible fraud. You should be cancelled.
— Ginny (@ginkates) May 11, 2020
Do you think we’re stupid?
— Dairy King Actual (@Sjanderson86) May 11, 2020
For people to believe you're not lying to us again here, they'd have to believe you clipped the video off in the middle of the sentence you aired and didn't even notice you'd edited the video mid-sentence. Preschoolers don't even fall for that sort of excuse.
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) May 11, 2020