President Donald Trump said Comcast Corp.’s NBC should fire “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in a series of tweets that invoked the Federal Communications Commission without specifying what the broadcast regulator should do.
“@FCC THIS IS A DISGRACE, EVEN WORSE THAN @NBC USUALLY IS, WHICH IS REALLY BAD. SLEEPY EYES MUST BE FIRED!,” Trump said in a tweet Monday morning, hours after an earlier tweet criticizing Todd. It wasn’t clear what action Trump was seeking from the FCC, which controls TV station licenses and has no authority over network personnel decisions.
“Meet the Press” on Sunday aired a clip of Barr discussing the Justice Department’s move to drop the criminal case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Asked how history would view the decision, Barr said that “history’s written by winners.” The NBC show didn’t use part of Barr’s quote saying “a fair history would say that it was a good decision,” Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said in a tweet.
“Meet the Press” on its Twitter account Sunday said it had “inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr.”
“The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” the show said in its tweet. Trump tweeted about the show late Sunday and also added the Twitter handle of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd should be FIRED by ‘Concast’ (NBC) for this fraud. He knew exactly what he was doing. Public Airwaves = Fake News! @AjitPaiFCC @FCC,” Trump tweeted. Trump has repeatedly referred to Comcast as “Concast” in tweets complaining about coverage.