Attorney General William Barr sat down for an interview with Fox News, in a segment shown on Monday’s edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, during which the eponymous anchor did not challenge Barr’s claim — contradicted by multiple news outlets — that protesters had thrown objects at him on June 1, before the law enforcement cleared out Lafayette Square with tear gas and rubber bullets.
But according to CNN’s Megan Trimble, “CNN did not witness any water bottles being thrown at the attorney general. Camera footage shows him standing and watching the crowd for several minutes, flanked by a security detail and two senior department officials.”
Alejandro Alvarez, digital editor at local radio station WTOP, also posted a brief clip of Barr’s public appearance to survey the area, in which a lot of chanting and booing against the attorney general could be heard. Nobody appeared to have thrown anything in this snippet either.
And from NBC News: “Reporters and protesters outside the White House on Monday said that although some protesters had thrown water bottles and bricks across the barrier separating them from the police earlier, the protests that day were entirely peaceful.”
In contrast to Baier — who prodded Barr by claiming that an object was thrown at him, giving him a chance to repeat his talking point — CBS’ Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan repeatedly challenged Barr during her interview with him.