Cable propaganda network deliberately edits out Sandy Hook family member asking gun rights advocates in audience a question

Aaron Dykes
January 30, 2013


The agenda-driven cable media outlets have stooped to a new low once again in effort to (openly) support those pushing a gun control agenda.

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir claimed that supporters of gun rights attending a public hearing on Monday interrupted the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary.

A selective edit of the 15 minute testimony deliberately portrayed the gun rights advocates as “hecklers,” by showing some six seconds, including statements regarding ‘the second amendment shall not be infringed.’

What MSNBC chose NOT to show its audience was the fact that Heslin, who favors a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity clips, asked the audience during his testimony, “I ask if there’s anyone in this room who can give me one reason, or challenge this question: Why anybody in this room needs to have an — one of these assault-style weapons or military weapons or high capacity clips?”

The response from so-called “hecklers” came in an orderly fashion only AFTER Heslin followed up on silence to his own question, stating, “Not one person can answer that question.”

The crowd was, in reality, only responding to the claim that no one could answer the question.

MSNBC Hoax: Gun Advocates ‘Heckled’ Sandy Hook Father

Other blogs and fellow MSNBC hosts, including Lawrence O’Donnell, also advanced the “heckling” hoax despite the clear response to a direct question, as shown in the full video.

See the comparison of the actual testimony with the MSNBC edit below:

Similar events were seen in the portrayal of the Trayvon Martin shooting, for which George Zimmerman is now being charged with second degree murder, but maintains was self-defense. Zimmerman is suing NBC Universal for its role in editing the 9-11 call of the incident, which he believes was intentionally done to ‘portray him as racist.’ Zimmerman’s lawsuit alleges that “NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain… Because of NBC’s deceptive and exploitative manipulations, the public wrongly believes that Zimmerman ‘use(d) a racial epithet’ while describing Martin during the call to the dispatcher on that fateful night,” the suit says.”

President of the watchdog group Media Research Center, Brent Bozell, expressed his anger at the deliberately misconstrued comments that were uttered during the testimony of Neil Heslin, noting the edited Zimmerman tape as part of a pattern of deception:

“There is now a clear pattern of deception at NBC News. It is the most egregious violation of journalistic ethics. First they edited the Trayvon Martin 911 call to fabricate a racist motive. Then Andrea Mitchell tried to invent a fake ‘supermarket scanner moment’ for Mitt Romney. Now MSNBC is deceptively editing footage of Sandy Hook testimony in order to smear gun rights advocates.”

“This is not how a legitimate, professional news organization operates. MSNBC’s relentless anti-gun advocacy is bad enough, but this is downright dishonest. Time and time again NBC News has demonstrated why the American people can’t trust a single thing they say.”

Neil Heslin, like other family members of the victims, has already suffered enough at the hands of a madman, yet the media, armed with a clear agenda, are shamefully trying to portray him as the victim of another group altogether– defenders of the 2nd Amendment.

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