Chuck Todd is so sorry. No, not in that way Mr. President. Chuck Todd is apologizing. He has admitted to airing a clip of a CBS News interview with Attorney General William Barr that omitted a key part of Barr’s quote about how history will view his decision to drop the prosecution of Michael Flynn.
President Trump has called for Todd’s termination (and also called Todd “sleepy eyes”) while the Justice Department raised objections as well.
According to Deadline, on Meet the Press Daily, Todd said, “I wanted to talk for a moment about something that occurred on Sunday’s edition of ‘Meet the Press.’
“During the program, we aired a soundbite from a CBS News interview with Attorney General Bill Barr. In the bite that we aired and commented on, Mr. Barr was asked how he thinks the history of his decision to end the prosecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn will be written. Mr. Barr answered, quote: ‘History is written by the winner, so it largely depends on who’s writing the history.’
Todd continued, “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.’ Now, we did not edit that out. That was not our edit. 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 that I wish we hadn’t made and one I wish I hadn’t made. The second part of the Attorney General’s answer would have put it in the proper context. 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.”
So, I guess that explains it… except for the part about how it happened Chuck.