MSNBC Selectively Edits Video Of Sandy Hook Father To Claim Gun Rights Activists Heckled Him

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MSNBC is claiming that the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victim was heckled by 2nd amendment supporters. Here’s their video:

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The problem? Well, the video was selectively edited. Here’s a clip I made showing the context, pulled from the full video of Mr. Nick Heslin’s testimony:

As you can see, Mr. Heslin asks a rhetorical question of the audience about why anyone needs “assault” or “military-style” weapons. He pauses, and when nobody answers he claims “Nobody can answer my question.”

At which point some people in the crowd, not wanting to give the idea that they had no response, jumped in for a few seconds. The crowd was quickly quieted and Heslin, obviously feeling no animosity toward the crowd at all, goes on to say that he respects their opinion.

That’s not quite the “heckling” the folks at MSNBC are claiming.

In related news, this selective editing stuff is becoming quite a habit for the folks at MSNBC/NBC.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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