Re: Father of Newtown Victim Heckled by Gun Nuts
posted at 1/29/2013 8:53 PM EST
MSNBC Caught Selectively Editing Another Clip â This Time of Sandy Hook Victimâs Father
No stranger to selectively edited video clips, MSNBC on Monday aired a misleading and incomplete clip of testimony given by the father of a Sandy Hook victim at a hearing before the Connecticut Legislature. The edited version of his remarks, aired on Martin Bashirâs show, make it appear as if pro-gun advocates maliciously interrupted (or âheckledâ as many have said) the dad for no reason as he calmly argued against civilians owning semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. In fact, the edit was so subtle not even we picked up on it in our original story.
âItâs not a good feeling to look at your child laying in a casket. Or looking at your child with a bullet wound to the forehead. Itâs a real sad day,â Neil Heslin, father of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, said during Mondayâs hearing.
âI ask if there is anyone who is in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question: Why anybody in this room needs to have done of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high capacity clips?â he asked rhetorically. He paused and then said, âNot one person can answer the question.â
It was at this point that a few members of the audience voiced their support for the Second Amendment. âThe Second Amendment shall not be infringed,â one man yelled, appearing to try and answer Heslinâs question.
As the presiding official pointed out, comments were not permitted during the testimony, however. And Bashir was quick to hop on that point.
Here is how he presented it in his selectively edited clip on Monday:
But on Tuesday afternoon, more complete footage of Heslimns remarks began circulating. In those remarks, it appears the âhecklersâ were responding to Heslinâs rhetorical question.
Watch the unedited footage below, courtesy of the ever-vigilant team over at Twitchy (the clip will start at the relevant point):
As you can see, MSNBC decided to completely remove the portion of the video where Heslin asks his rhetorical question. Does that mean no one would have spoke up had Heslin not posed the question? Thatâs impossible to say. But what is clear is that by removing the full remarks, MSNBC cheated its audience of making up its mind about what the video shows. And although a relatively small edit, the absence of the question changes the context drastically.
MSNBC has been caught selectively editing video in the past, too. In June, host Andrea Mitchell aired a doctored clip of Mitt Romney talking about WaWa convenience stores to make him look âout of touch.â In reality, he was explaining the difference between innovation in the private and public sectors.
Then of course in March, NBC was busted selectively editing the George Zimmerman police tapes to make it appear as if he voluntarily proclaimed Trayvon Martin âlooks blackâ when he was actually asked by a police dispatcher.
Finally, MSNBCâs Joe Scarborough in September aired edited video of a Romney rally in which he argued supporters were chanting âRyan! Ryan!â as Romney spoke, insinuating that he was being overshadowed by his running mate Paul Ryan. Romney then attempted to get the crowd to chant âRomney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan!â â Scarborough mocked Romney incessantly for his âfailedâ chant.
However, upon closer review of the tape, it became evident that the crowd was actually chanting âRomney! Romney!â and the former GOP presidential candidate was attempting to get the crowd to include Ryan. A Blaze reader who was present at the event also confirmed that to be the case.