Deceptively Edited Video Of Sandy Hook Hearing Portrays Gun-Rights Supporters As Hecklers

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | January 29, 2013 | 5:51 PM EST

In the wake of a gun control hearing involving the father of one of the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting BuzzFeed, The Telegraph, and other liberal media outlets have resorted to using a deceptively edited video in order to smear Second Amendment supporters.

A video promoted by all of the aforementioned sites purportedly shows the "father of Newtown victim heckled by NRA supporters." However, when the heavily edited video of Neil Heslin is compared to the raw video, available at Twitchy, it becomes apparent that important context has been removed from the interaction.

Clearly the gun owners in the crowd are reacting to Mr. Heslin's repeated request that somebody in the room tell him why "assault weapons" shouldn't be banned. In fact, the crowd reacts only after Mr. Heslin takes their silence as a form of agreeing with his point.

This is the only time that gun owners in the crowd appear to interject in the testimony - and it, in no way, constitutes heckling.

Furthermore, the fact that many media outlets were perfectly willing to forward one of the most deceptively edited videos I've ever seen in order to smear gun owners is disturbing. After all these are the same media outlets that tarred and feathered James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart for far less. Where is there outrage now?

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today blasted MSNBC's use and characterization of the edited video, noting that this is the third time in the past year that NBC News has been caught using dishonestly edited footage:

"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."

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