NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd apologized Tuesday for taking remarks by William Barr out of context by only airing a shortened version of an interview the attorney general gave to another network.
Todd admitted his “mistake,” but said that when the network on Sunday aired a CBS interview of Barr speaking about his handling of the Michael Flynn case, they were unaware it was not the full clip.
“Now, we did not edit that out,” Todd said on air Tuesday. “That was not our edit. We didn’t include it because we only saw the shorter of two clips that CBS did air.”
In the clip from Sunday, Barr, responding to the Flynn case, said, “Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history.”
Todd denounced that comment, saying he was struck “by the cynicism of the answer” and claiming that Barr was admitting that “yeah, this is a political job.”
On Tuesday night Todd clarified, “In the full version of the interview and transcript, he went on to say, ‘But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law.’”
“The second part of the Attorney General’s answer would have put it in the proper context,” Todd said.
“Had we seen that part of the CBS interview, I would not have framed the conversation the way I did, and I obviously am very sorry for that mistake. We strive to do better going forward.”