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Attorney General William Barr’s office slammed far-left NBC News host Chuck Todd on Sunday for “deceptive editing” after Todd took remarks that Barr made out of context and used the distorted remarks to smear the Department of Justice (DOJ).

On “Meet The Press,” Todd used a deceptively edited portion of Barr’s interview last week with CBS News investigative reporter Catherine Herridge.

Todd focused in on the following exchange between Barr and Herridge:

HERRIDGE: In closing, this was a big decision in the Flynn case, to say the least. When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written? What will it say about your decision making?

BARR: 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 helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.

Todd only played the first two sentences of Barr’s comments where Barr said, “Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history.”

Todd then launched into an attack on Barr, saying, “I was struck … by the cynicism of the answer. It’s a correct answer. But he’s the attorney general. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law. He was almost admitting that, yeah, this is a political job.”

Todd’s comments were false because the very next thing that Barr said, which Todd did not show his viewers, was: “But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law. It helped, it upheld the standards of the Department of Justice, and it undid what was an injustice.”

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Barr spokeswoman Kerri Kupec responded to the segment by posting screenshots on Twitter of the transcript from what Todd said and what Barr said in his CBS News interview last week, writing: “Very disappointed by the deceptive editing/commentary by @ChuckTodd on @MeetThePress on AG Barr’s CBS interview. 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.”

Herridge posted a video of her interview with Barr that showed the full context of Barr’s answer and also included the following additional exchange:

HERRIDGE: When the special counsel report was released last year, you were accused by critics of putting your thumb on the scale in the president’s favor. Are you doing the president’s bidding in General Flynn’s case?

BARR: No, I’m doing the law’s bidding. I’m doing my duty under the law, as I see it.

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Source: Daily Wire: Attorney General Barr’s Office Shreds NBC’s Chuck Todd For ‘Deceptive Editing’ Of Barr’s Comments

President Donald Trump played a video during the White House Coronavirus Press Briefing on Monday that showed the media’s initial response to the coronavirus outbreak and highlighted his response to the outbreak and showed Democratic governors around the country praising the Trump administration for the work they did.

The video started out by showing someone on “Good Morning America” saying, “People should be more concerned right now with the flu in this country.”

“A lot of people are concerned about the coronavirus because they’re hearing a lot of news about it right now but the reality is comparing it to the flu for example, it’s not even close to being at that stage,” someone on NBC News said.

“Coronavirus is not going to cause a major issue in the United States,” someone on CBS News said.

The video then cut to a highlight reel that showcased the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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The video also showcased how the media even acknowledged that Trump was criticized for taking early action.

“As there were more cases, and it was clear that it was spreading out of China, where it originated the president took this move that he was widely criticized for, by Democrats and even some Republicans at the time, which was he halted a number of flights from China into the U.S.,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said in an audio clip featured in the video. “The idea was to halt the spread of the disease. Keep transmissions to a minimum. He was accused of xenophobia. He was accused of making a racist move. At the end of the day, it was probably effective, because did actually take a pretty aggressive measure against the spread of the virus.”

The video highlighted the following comments from governors across the country. Here are a few of the examples included in the video:

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D): “His team is on it. They’ve been responsive late at night, early in the morning and they’ve thus far been doing everything they can do and I want to say thank you and I want to say that I appreciate it.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom (D): “He returns calls. He reaches out, he’s been proactive. We could that Mercy ship down here in Los Angeles, that was directly because he sent it down here. 2,000 medical units came to the state of California, these FMS, these field medical stations, and that’s been very, very helpful.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R): “The president has been outstanding through all this, the vice president has been outstanding, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, very responsive.”
  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D): “We had asked if we could have, if New Jersey could access to a piece of the beds that are on the USNS Comfort and the president came back, called me, assured me a few minutes before I walked in here to say that they would grant that to New Jersey. So that’s big step for us in addition to all the other capacity. I thank the president and vice president who were on the call.”

CNN cut away from the press conference shortly after the video started playing and MSNBC followed suit several moments later.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS News on Sunday that American companies have been coming forward to produce the medical supplies needed to combat the coronavirus without the government needing to force them to do so.

“You mentioned in particular New York and what may be coming there,” CBS News’ Margaret Brennan said. “The president has tweeted this morning that Ford, GM, and Tesla have been given the go ahead to make ventilators. There’s been this back and forth over whether the president actually has ordered companies or not to produce needed medical equipment. What have these companies agreed to do, and when will medical professionals have what they need?”

“Well, I mean, as yesterday in the press conference that I’m sure you heard, what the president was saying is that these companies are coming forth on their own,” Fauci said. “And I think that’s an extraordinary spirit of the American spirit of not needing to be coaxed. They’re stepping forward.”

“They’re making not only masks, but PPEs, and now ventilators,” Fauci continued. “So what we’re going to be seeing, and we’re seeing it already, in the beginning, obviously, there was an issue with testing. The testing now – a large number of tests are available now, out there because the private companies have gotten involved.”

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MARGARET BRENNAN: Doctor Anthony Fauci is the director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH, and that is where he joins us from this morning. Dr. Fauci, thank you for making time for us.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Good to be with you.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You just- you just heard that report from our Liz Palmer about Italy. Are we on the same trajectory as Italy?

DR. FAUCI: No, not necessarily at all. I mean, obviously, things are unpredictable. You can’t make any definitive statement. But if you look at the dynamics of the outbreak in Italy, we don’t know why they are suffering so terribly. But there is a possibility and many of us believe that early on they did not shut out as well the input of infections that originated in China and came to different parts of the world. One of the things that we did very early and very aggressively, the president, you know, had put the travel restriction coming from- from China to the United States and most recently from Europe to the United States, because Europe is really the new China. Again, I don’t know why this is happening there to such an extent, but it is conceivable that once you get so many of these spreads out, they spread exponentially and you can never keep up with this tsunami, and I think that’s what unfortunately our colleagues and our dear friends in Italy are facing. They are very competent. It isn’t that they don’t know what they’re doing.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.

DR. FAUCI: I think they have a situation in which they’ve been so overwhelmed from the beginning that they can’t play catch up. And in direct answer to your question, MARGARET, it is may be, and I hope and I think it will be the case, that we will not be that way because we have from the beginning been able to put a bit of a clamp on it. We’re going to get hit. There’s no doubt about it. We see it in New York. New York is ter- is terribly suffering. But the kinds of mitigation issues that are going on right now, the things that we’re seeing in this country, this physical separation, at the same time as we’re preventing an influx of cases coming in, I think that’s gonna go a long way to preventing us from becoming in Italy.

MARGARET BRENNAN: This was an animal virus that jumped to a human.

DR. FAUCI: Correct.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Then it started spreading human to human. Is the virus mutating? Is it changing?

DR. FAUCI: Well, this is an RNA virus, Margaret. And it always will mutate. The real question is so that people don’t get confused. Viruses commute- mutate with no substantial impact on its function. So I have no doubt it’s mutating as all RNA viruses mutate. We have not seen thus far any type of change in the way it’s acting, but we are keeping a very close eye on it because it is conceivable that it could mutate and change some of the ways that it performs. But we have not seen that yet, but we’re not going to just not pay attention to it. We’re going to follow it closely.

MARGARET BRENNAN: That’s very important to highlight there. You know, one of the things that stood out this week in some of the briefings we heard from the White House, was this mentioned, particularly from your colleague, Ambassador Birx, that young people in Europe seemed to be affected in a way that was unexpected.

DR. FAUCI: Right.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we heard from the CDC this week, 20 percent of the hospitalizations in this country were between the ages of 20 and 44. Why–

DR. FAUCI: You’re absolutely–

MARGARET BRENNAN: –are young people getting affected this way when it wasn’t expected?

DR. FAUCI: You’re absolutely correct. And you just nailed the very important critical issue that we’re looking very closely at. You know, it looks like there’s a big difference between that demography, as we call it, from China and what we’re seeing in Europe. Now, we have to look at the young people who are getting seriously ill from the European cohort and make sure it isn’t just driven by the fact that they have underlying conditions because we know that underlying conditions, all bets are off. No matter how young you are, if you have an underlying serious medical condition, you’re going to potentially get into trouble. But if they don’t have underlying conditions, that will be something we have to really examine as to why we’re seeing it here, but we didn’t see it in China. So we’re going to look at that very closely.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You mentioned in particular New York and what may be coming there. The president has tweeted this morning that Ford, GM and Tesla have been given the go ahead to make ventilators. There’s been this back and forth over whether the president actually has ordered companies or not to produce needed medical equipment. What have these companies agreed to do and when will medical professionals have what they need?

DR. FAUCI: Well, I mean, as yesterday in the press conference that- that I’m sure you heard, what the president was saying is that these companies are coming forth on their own. And I think that’s an extraordinary spirit of the American spirit of not needing to be coaxed. They’re stepping forward. They’re making not only masks, but PPEs and now ventilators. So what we’re going to be seeing, and- and we’re seeing it already, in the beginning, obviously, there was an issue with testing. The testing now- a large number of tests are available now, out there because the private companies have gotten involved. The–

MARGARET BRENNAN: But like the mayor of New York has said this week that he was going to run out of medical equipment–

DR. FAUCI: Right.

MARGARET BRENNAN: –in a matter of two weeks.

DR. FAUCI: That’s true.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So when will medical- it is true he will run out?

DR. FAUCI: No, no.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Will the federal government get him what he needs?

DR. FAUCI: True, true to both of them. Let me explain.

MARGARET BRENNAN: OK.

DR. FAUCI: We were at- at the task force meeting yesterday, and it was very clear that the issue in New York was right on the front burner. And the situation is now that the resources that are being marshaled are going to be clearly directed to those hotspots that need it most. And clearly, that’s California, Washington state, and obviously, New York is the most hard hit. So not only is New York trying to get resources themselves, but we’re going to be pouring it in from the federal government. So it would be a combination of local and federal. But it’s very, very clear that they are a very high priority.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You are the leading infectious disease expert in the U.S. government. You said this week that you differed from the president in his assessment that a combination of two drugs, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin combined could have the outcome that he described to the public. They possibly could. Where- who is the president listening to? And do you see a concern here that those drugs could become, you know, basically oversubscribed and there could be a shortage that could impact people who have persistent medical issues like lupus and need those?

DR. FAUCI: OK. So, MARGARET, there’s an issue here of where we’re coming from. The president, as heard, as we all have heard, what are what I call anecdotal reports that certain drugs work. So what he was trying to do and express was the hope that if they might work, let’s try and push their usage. I, on the other side, have said I’m not disagreeing with the fact anecdotally they might work but my job is to prove definitively from a scientific standpoint that they do work. So I was taking a purely medical, scientific standpoint and the president was trying to bring hope to the people. I think there’s this issue of trying to separate the two of us. There isn’t fundamentally a difference there. He’s coming from it from a hope layperson standpoint.

MARGARET BRENNAN: OK.

DR. FAUCI: I’m coming from it from a scientific standpoint.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we wish you the best. Thank you very much, Doctor.

DR. FAUCI: Good to be with you.

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Source: Daily Wire: Dr. Anthony Fauci: American Companies Coming Forward To Produce What’s Needed Without Government Forcing Them

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