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MSNBC Caught Selectively Editing Another Clip — This Time of Sandy Hook Victim’s Father

Posted by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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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 Bashir’s show, make it appear as if pro-gun advocates maliciously interrupted (or “heckled” 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.

“It’s 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. It’s a real sad day,” Neil Heslin, father of Sandy Hook victim Jesse Lewis, said during Monday’s hearing.

“I 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?” he asked rhetorically. He paused and then said, “Not one person can answer the question.”

It was at this point that a few members of the audience voiced their support for the Second Amendment. “The Second Amendment shall not be infringed,” one man yelled, appearing to try and answer Heslin’s question.

As the presiding official pointed out, comments were not permitted during the testimony, however. And Bashir was quick to hop on that point.

But on Tuesday afternoon, more complete footage of Heslimns remarks began circulating. In those remarks, it appears the “hecklers” were responding to Heslin’s 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? That’s 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 “out of touch.” 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 “looks black” when he was actually asked by a police dispatcher.

Finally, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough in September aired edited video of a Romney rally in which he argued supporters were chanting “Ryan! Ryan!” as Romney spoke, insinuating that he was being overshadowed by his running mate Paul Ryan. Romney then attempted to get the crowd to chant “Romney-Ryan! Romney-Ryan!” — Scarborough mocked Romney incessantly for his “failed” chant.

However, upon closer review of the tape, it became evident that the crowd was actually chanting “Romney! Romney!” 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

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:18 PM

 Shocking.  They edited footage to further an agenda?  No way.


by Platinum Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM
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It seems like all News media outlets do this now. Selective editing that is.

At least this one doesn't have an election weighing in on it. But as long as news agencies are allowed to lie, or stretch/twist the truth until it fits their desires then you should really not take anything from them alone as true.

Would be nice if we could stop our News Networks from doing things like this (and out right lying) though.

I wonder how come The Blaze doesn't seem to care when Fox News does it.

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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM
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by AllieCat on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Okay.  And???

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:33 PM

 Oh my, this will put a crimp in the heckling post on here.

I am not really surprised though.  Interesting how even when they lie though...they still rate last.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Interesting, but unfortunately not surprising. 

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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM
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Sadly, he shouldn't have expected sympathy in a room full of gun supporters who value their guns in a waythat seemingly shadows or veils their sympathy, if they even have any.

I find it sad and pathetic that not one person offered that man sincere condolences for his loss. It's painfully obvious to me that this man has a new cause to support at the loss of his child.

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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 If one person shouted "Second Amendment" while this father was testifying, that is one person too many.I fail to see how there was any "editing" done. He asked a question ( a very GOOD question) and then "Second Amendment" was the answer and it was rude AND it was the wrong answer. They should KNOW that guns are not being banned, the 2nd amendment is not being erased. They were a rude bunch of people who have no heart. They  are more loyal to guns than to people.

by Angie on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM
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Editing has been done since the beginning of television.  Why on earth would this shock anyone?  All the media outlets compete with one another and hook their angle and run with it. 

by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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 Seriously....MSNBC didn't EDIT. They reported the same thing that is here in THIS ....from the Blaze, which edited what MSNBC reported. The Blaze is  manipulative and biased against anyone who is not a wingnut.Just go to their site and see who Blogs at the Blaze.

They reported that this father asked a queation and was answered with "Second Amendment".

 Rude and inconsiderate of the people who yelled "Second Amendment" and the Blaze, to say the least.

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