Chuck Todd is at it again.
Todd has been a vocal opponent of Donald Trump and he chopped off 90% of an interview he did with incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on “Meet the Press.”
Conway filmed a 10-minute interview to explain why Russia did not succeed in interfering with the election. Todd used just 1 minute of that interview on his show, where Conway said among other things the following:
They did not succeed in throwing the election to Donald Trump. That’s very clear in this report. Read The New York Times outtakes. Read The Washington Post. Read the report itself.
There is no evidence that Russia succeeded in any alleged attempt to disrupt our democracy or in fact to influence the election results.
After the soundbite aired, President-elect Trump lashed out at Todd for his “dishonest” editing.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2017
CNN’s Brian Stelter said an anonymous NBC source told him the Trump Team was aware ahead of time that “Meet the Press” had only intended to use a soundbite from Conway’s 10-minute interview.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 8, 2017
Conway tweeted that this was a lie, saying she doesn’t do 10-minute interviews so the media can choose one soundbite to run.
Conway’s assertion would make sense as the mother of four has a hectic schedule and whenever she appears on TV her interviews are long and detailed. She is a highly sought-after interview, so if she sits down to talk to a media outlet, she’s never used for a single soundbite.
False. We're not in the business of furnishing 10-minute Sunday show interviews so media can choose which "soundbite" to run. Our POV cut… https://t.co/3a4Fu8ID2s
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 8, 2017
Unsurprisingly, a part of the content that was edited out was where Kellyanne Conway slammed the media for trying to influence the election in Hillary Clinton’s favor.
“Many in the mainstream media also tried to influence our election reports for Hillary Clinton. They too failed,” Conway said in the original interview (see below).
“Even outlets that are more in favor of Hillary Clinton and really were pushing for her election, particularly print outlets, are admitting … that they aspired and they attempted [to influence the election in Clinton’s favor].”
“The election results were fair and square,” Conway said. “Donald Trump is the president. It wasn’t a squeaker. He got 36 more electoral votes than he needed originally. He won 31 of 50 states, 2,600 counties. He flipped 200 Obama counties, they’re now Trump counties. The list goes on and on.”