MSNBC Airs Edited Video of McCain
In their continued apparent goal of discreditting themselves as a news source, MSNBC recently aired a selectively edited video of Senator John McCain speaking at a town hall meeting in Arizona. The video was picked up by the liberal channel after it aired on Phoenix’s KTVK. According to The Washington Free Beacon,
The video shows Caren Teves, whose son was killed when spree killer James Holmes attacked a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises, asking the senator about assault weapons. “These weapons don’t belong on our streets,” she says.
The video then cuts to McCain responding by saying, “I can tell you right now you need some straight talk. That assault weapons’ ban will not pass the congress of the United States.”
While the full video is available on YouTube, MSNBC either did not bother to make effort to find it or they simply chose to use the video that better fit their narrative. Fortunately, irresponsible journalism has become the norm for them and the McCain camp was quick to release a statement on the matter.
This is an obvious case of selective editing to distort what Senator McCain actually said at Wednesday’s town hall meeting. As Senator McCain clearly said, his heart goes out to Mrs. Teves and her family and he is committed to working with members of both parties to try and prevent another senseless tragedy. And as he also said, Arizonans who come to his town hall meetings deserve to hear Senator McCain’s honest opinion about this or any other issue, and the truth is that an assault weapons ban won’t pass this Congress because of opposition from both political parties.