Media Malpractice Part Eleventy Million

This week, state lawmakers in Hartford, Conn., held hearings about last month’s school massacre in Newtown. Rather than report on what actually happened and give both sides a fair story, media outlets declared that callous gun nuts had “heckled” a bereaved parent. The story went viral.

But oopsie … actual video of the event shows the man was NOT heckled. The media ::gasp!:: MADE IT UP.

Watch the video starting at the 15:00 minute mark.

Heslin, whose little boy was killed in the massacre, asked a question of the audience.

  • Heslin: Is there 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?

Nobody said anything for 5 seconds as he looked around the room waiting for a response.

  • Heslin: And not one person can answer that question or give me an answer.
  • Audience members: [unintelligible] The Second Amendment shall not be infringed.
  • Heslin: Alright.
  • Lawmaker: Please no comments while Mr. Heslin is speaking. Or we’ll clear the room. Mr. Heslin please continue.

Despite this clear and indisputable evidence that the so-called “gun nuts” had actually been POLITE, some (like Piers Morgan) could not bring themselves to admit the obvious.

2013_01 30 Piers Morgan refuses to apologize

I thought this was over yesterday. The “it’s a lie” story @ is dated Jan 29th. The Piers Morgan reply tweet above is time and date stamped in the wee hours of the 30th.

Today, January 31st, at 4:30 in the AFTERNOON, I was visually targeted by this absolutely shameless assault headline at AOL:

2012_01 31 430pm HuffPo STILL reporting FALSE story

On further reflection, I have to wonder if the whole thing was a set-up.

If you watch the video, the smack down – “Please no comments while Mr. Heslin is speaking. Or we’ll clear the room. Mr. Heslin please continue.” – sounds inappropriate and contrived. Listen for yourself …. do you see what I mean?

It really stinks like Heslin and that smack-down lawmaker were in cahoots with the media outlet that cooked up the “heckling” story in the first place, that Heslin asked the question intending to get heckled and that the lawmaker was primed to provide the “shut up or we’ll clear the room” smack down.

Problem was … those wingnut 2d Amendment supporters were too dang polite to make it really work for them … not that the Left-wing Media Arm of the Socialist-Democrats of America ever lets a small thing like The Truth interfere with their narrative!


Filed under Gun Control, Media Bias, Newtown, Second Amendment

2 responses to “Media Malpractice Part Eleventy Million

  1. It certainly does look like a setup. When Heslin asked the question, he paused and looked around as if he fully expected a response, and when he didn’t get one, he had to go off script and ad lib that bit about “no one can give me an answer.” But I understand that some outlets broadcast a doctored video that edited out the pause and made it look as if the comment from the audience came as soon as Heslin posed the question.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      I didn’t see the doctored video, though I heard about it as well.

      It’s not that hard to do if you have software that can separate the sound track from the video track. In fact, if I wanted to make it look as bad as possible, I’d have upped the volume on the tiny little response from the audience, duplicated it and dubbed it in an offset manner so it sounded like many people shouting at once. You can alter the tonality of the sound to make it sound like higher or lower voices as well.

      Then you clip out the video bits you don’t want … the big pause … drop the new audio on top of the bereaved father looking sad and saying something heart wrenching, then stick the “shut up or we’ll clear the room” thing right after, like he had to shout down the shouters.

      It seriously is NOT hard to do and the retail software isn’t even all that expensive. News networks would have much better stuff available for their staff in their studios, plus people who know how to use it.