Even though this was cleared up, the damage was done.
After finding itself embroiled in another controversy about edited video, NBC News has re-aired a clip its critics say was selectively edited.
On Monday, MSNBC’s Martin Bashir aired a video that seemed to show grief-stricken Neil Heslin being heckled by pro-gun lobbyists as he talked about his 6-year-old son, who was killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. While making a plea for gun control at a legislative hearing, Heslin at one point he turned to the audience and said: “I ask if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question: why anybody in this room needs to have one of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high-capacity clips.”
When the audience remains silent, Heslin adds, “Not one person can answer that question.” And that’s when a few people recited the Second Amendment in response.
The video that host Martin Bashir aired, though, clipped out Heslin’s question and pause in the audience’s direction. The resulting edit made it look like boisterous audience members interrupted Heslin’s testimony.
Here is the video:
I have gotten called out here by a few saying that I show a bias against Fox News. I do, when they pull stunts like distorting the truth and hiding the rest of the story. I’ll do the same here. I don’t like this dishonesty. I don’t know if Bashir did it deliberately or if someone else edited it and that’s what he saw and assumed it happened that way. Regardless, MSNBC has aired the unedited video. Conservatives AND liberal outlets have attacked this scandal (as they should) but conservatives claim this is evidence for a “liberal bias”. All the news seems biased these days (we are science-biased here – some biases are more useful to general audiences than others) because it’s delivered by people who hold certain values. Those values are different than the next person. And some of these values are institutionalized. That’s the way it goes. So, conservatives, thanks for pointing this out. Make sure you do the same the next time YOUR favorite news network pulls the same crap.