The host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd, is under fire for journalistic misconduct. On the show, comments by Attorney General Bill Barr were cut and edited to misrepresent comments he was making about Michael Flynn. President Trump tweeted about the incident after the US Department of Justice criticized the segment.
Compare the two transcripts below. 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. pic.twitter.com/PR1ciceMmE
— KerriKupecDOJ (@KerriKupecDOJ) May 10, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2020
On his show, Todd aired a clip of Barr being asked, concerning the Flynn acquittal, “When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?” Barr’s reply was edited to “Well, history is written by the winners. So, it largely depends on who’s writing the history,” which Todd described as cynical and unprofessional.
Were Barr’s comments not cut short, the audience would have heard, “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 upheld the standards of the Department of Justice and it undid what was an injustice.”
Meet the Press has accepted their ‘inadvertent’ error in a Twitter response to the DOJ. The show’s portrayal of the Flynn acquittal reflects that of former President Obama, who sent out a message to his supporters describing it as a miscarriage of justice, while claiming that it is unprecedented for anyone charged with perjury to get off. Obama himself pardoned General Cartwright, who pled guilty to perjuring himself when discussing the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Evidence is mounting that Flynn was a key target of a soft coup orchestrated by Obama to cover his administration’s corrupt practices in the Ukraine, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Obama himself is guilty of releasing the classified recording of Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador during the transition process. That is a felony carrying a penalty of ten years. As evidence comes out, it is clear that the entire Russiagate frame up was orchestrated from the Oval Office.
Peter Sztrok, the FBI agent who set Flynn up, was texting with his bedmate Lisa Page that the president wanted to stay up-to-date with his work as early as September 2016. The case against Flynn really took off after a meeting at the oval office in which Obama told FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates how to handle the Flynn call.
It remains to be seen how high up the Obama food chain Attorney General William Barr will be able to prosecute.