The long-running “Meet the Press” program has been caught deceptively editing a CBS News interview with the U.S. attorney general only to claim it was an honest-to-goodness oversight by NBC.
Veteran correspondent Catherine Herridge, formerly with Fox News, interviewed Attorney General Bill Barr over his role in the Michael Flynn prosecution. She pressed Barr over the Department of Justice dropping its case against Flynn after more than three years of pursuing the army former general.
Some legal observers have said Flynn’s prosecution amounted to an abuse of power, especially by top officials at the FBI, but Democrats and the mainstream media insist Barr committed injustice by ordering the DOJ to dismiss the case after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents.
Todd and “Meet the Press” apparently view Barr as the legal abuser, so Todd used a portion of the interview on his May 10 program to make that case.
“When history looks back on this decision,” Herridge asks Barr, “how do you think it will be written?”
“Well, history is written by the winners,” Barr replied. “So it largely depends on who’s writing the history.”
After airing that portion of Barr’s response, Todd appeared visibly troubled by the attorney general’s blunt answer and observed he was struck by the “cynicism” it conveyed about the rule of law.
“[Barr] didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law,” Todd observed with the news panel. “He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”
There is only one problem with that observation: Attorney General Barr, in the next breath, discussed the “rule of law” behind the DOJ’s decision.
“I would think a fair history would say [DOJ] upheld the rule of law,” Barr told Herridge. “It upheld the standards of the Department of Justice.”
“How egregious can it possibly be? This wasn't inadvertent,” observes talk show host Richard Randall.
Randall says the Trump-hating media has made a routine of cleverly editing footage then responding with gasps and outrage at what is literally fake news created by deception.
One example, he tells OneNewsNow, is the claim that President Trump called Mexicans “rapists” during a campaign speech. The second example is Trump praising white supremacists at the now-infamous Charlottesville rally in which a far-left protester was killed by a white supremacist.
“[Trump] didn't call them all rapists. They just clipped off the end of what he had to say,” Randall insists. “He didn't say the white supremacist and Nazis were good guys in Charlottesville. They just clipped off the end of what he had to say.”
Fact-checking website Politifact faulted Trump for claiming Mexico is sending dangerous illegal alien criminals into the U.S. but admitted in the same analysis that Trump did not claim that “all Mexicans are rapists” as Democrats have claimed.
Trump similarly has been accused of praising Neo-Nazis who appeared at the Virginia rally in 2017, where peaceful protesters had gathered to oppose a plan to remove a statute of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general. The protesters had a permit to march but the rally devolved into a violent clash between Neo-Nazis and Antifa activists, and it ended with the death of a communist protester after a white supremacist drove into the crowd.
A transcript of Trump’s back-and-forth debate with a reporter, analyzed by Politifact, shows that the President condemned the white supremacists but pointed out that many of the far-left protesters were also violent Antifa thugs who deserved to be condemned, too.
Trump is remembered for his "very fine people" comment, which referred to protesters from both sides who shared opposing views but were not involved in the violent clashes.
Regarding the media's continued pattern of misquoting people and getting away with it, Randall says there is no reason that deception will stop.
“And you’ve done that over and over and over again for years,” he says, “why all of a sudden would you just voluntarily change your behavior?”