You know… I’m getting really sick and tired of media hacks trying to impose their political agenda – to prop up the politicians whose boots they lick – with lies and obfuscation. I trained as a journalist at the Defense Information School. I trained to be objective, to report the story – not to promote a point of view. I was taught not to edit selectively. I was taught never to set up a scene. I was taught to tell the truth. I guess there’s a reason that Americans consistently trust the US military the most out of all government institutions. The media is toward the bottom of that list – newspapers at #10, and television news at #11.
Why? Because of stuff like this.
“The father of Newtown victim was heckled!” cry the journowhores.
“The Second Amendment!” was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster assault-style weapons are allowed to be sold in the state.
“There are a lot of things that should be changed to prevent what happened,” said Heslin, who said he grew up using guns and was undisturbed by the interruption of his testimony.
The CBS News story featured prominently at the top of the site shows Mr. Heslin holding a picture of his baby son, and then sitting down and asking “why anybody in this room needs to have an assault weapon or one of these ‘high capacity clips.'”
The journowhore setting the scene claims Mr. Heslin was “interrupted” by gun rights supporters.
Except that’s not the whole story. CBS selectively edited the video to make it seem like Mr. Heslin was interrupted in the middle of his testimony.
Here is the full video.
The relevant part begins shortly before the 15 minute mark. Mr. Heslin asked a question of those around him. “Is there anyone in this room that can give me one reason or challenge this question… why anybody in this room needs to have an assault weapon or one of these high capacity clips.” He then looked around. He looked to his left and to his right, searching for an answer. There was silence, and he said “Not one person can answer this question,” at which point, several people did so.
They replied, just as he asked.
They replied respectfully. They did not heckle. They did not abuse him verbally. They answered the question, and they were silent again.
The legislator off camera then advised them not to comment while Mr. Heslin is speaking.
Heslin then continued and said that everyone is entitled to their opinions and their thoughts.
Of course, respectful discourse doesn’t make for exciting news. It’s much more inflammatory to edit the video to paint gun owners as heartless, rude, disgusting human beings, to garner sympathy for the cause, isn’t it?
And worse yet, when the full video hit the Internet, not a single one of these media outlets apologized or retracted their repugnant lies.
Not a single one admitted they selectively edited the video.
But every last one of them – in lockstep – like good little propagandists – promoted the “nasty gun supporters heckling grieving parents” party line. It’s tough to feel any sympathy for people losing their rights if they heckle and taunt parents who have lost little ones to violence.
Piers Goebbels Morgan – never one to pass up an opportunity to vilify Second Amendment supporters will have Neil Heslin on his show tonight.
UPDATE: Tonight, I will have an exclusive interview with Neil Heslin, the grieving Sandy Hook father heckled by pro gun supporters. CNN 9pm — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 29, 2013
Let’s hope Mr. Heslin sets him straight. Let’s hope his grief doesn’t obscure the truth. Because Piers Morgan certainly won’t be honest.
The media are supposed to be a check. They’re supposed to inform – publicize the truth – ensure that the public makes informed choices, knows the truth… always. But that is not the case any longer, is it? The truth doesn’t matter. Honesty is dull. Sensationalism at the expense of honor and integrity is what the media’s mission today. Sensationalism that supports the politicians’ goals in return for exclusive access.
While this is not in any way surprising, it never ceases to boggle the mind just how far they’re willing to bend the truth.
UPDATE: Twitchy reports that at least some media outlets are admitting that no heckling happened. Goebbels Morgan? Not so much.
AN APOLOGY: No, those gun supporters didn’t ‘heckle’ Neil Heslin – they just shamed themselves with their disgusting behaviour. My mistake.—
Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 30, 2013
Speaking of disgusting behaviour…