ABC caught editing an interview with the First Lady

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Yesterday TheBlaze reported that ABC chose to edit an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama that aired Tuesday morning on Good Morning America. While selective editing is nothing new (NBC is a pro at the tactic), this situation is more nuanced.

During a question about the shooting of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, Mrs. Obama said that Pendleton was tragically shot and killed in Chicago by an “automatic weapon.” According to the ABC News website, the First Lady said:

OBAMA: She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids…grew up, where our house is. She had just taken a chemistry test. And she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need. I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.

Despite that transcript being posted on ABC’s website, what aired on Tuesday’s Good Morning America was a slightly different version of this quote:

OBAMA: She was standing out in a park with her friends in a neighborhood blocks away from where my kids…grew up, where our house is. She had just taken a chemistry test. And she was caught in the line of fire. I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.

Notice the difference? The video aired on Good Morning America did not contain the words “because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.”

ABC News responded to the controversy saying, “The full story was posted to our website in advance of the interview being broadcast. The edits made to Robin’s interview with the First Lady were made solely for time.”

“So that took about a second and a half to say,” Pat said in regards to how much time it took the First Lady to say the automatic weapons claim, “and they are claiming they edited it for time? Come on!”

It has been determined that an automatic weapon was not involved in the death of Pendleton, meaning Mrs. Obama misspoke during the interview. With that information in mind, it becomes harder to believe that ABC chose to edit the two second comment for the purpose of time.

“Now, let me tell you what happened,” Glenn said. “This is just speculation, but I think it is reasonable speculation. Is it reasonable that they edited a second and a half out, and they just said, ‘You know what, that’s redundant, we don’t need that,’ and they didn’t know. No, not reasonable. Is it reasonable that they said, ‘Let’s make this tighter, and also, she’s wrong on that, and no need to make her look like a fool. Just take that out’? Semi-reasonable.”

But what ultimately caused the edit, in Glenn’s opinion, has nothing to do with time. Glenn, speaking from experience, explained that it is common for people of this stature to have handlers and other people with them on set to keep track of what is being said. When Glenn makes a mistake during an interview, his team will usually tell him on the way out that he misspoke, and it becomes pretty obvious that the press will have a field day with the gaffe.

The First Lady, however, is extended a different courtesy. “Instead, if you’re the first lady… Here’s what happens,” Glenn said. “Your people who stand around go to the producer and say, ‘The First Lady, she said this, but she didn’t mean to say that. That’s not what she means. That’s wrong. Can you do me a favor, and can you just pull that out?’” Needless to say, the eager-to-please media complies.

“They wouldn’t give you the opportunity to edit out your bad points because that is all they want in an interview with you,” Stu said. “This particular Michelle we are speaking of, they want to have positive moments with her. They don’t want the story of their wonderful, glorious interview with her to be this horrible moment where she screws up the entire gun debate.”

“And when [her people] ask, of course they are going to cave because they want further interviews with the First Lady,” Pat continued. “They want access to her.”

“So much for transparency,” Glenn concluded. “Will the press wake up. Nope. We are wide awake however.”

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Selective editing is not uncommon anymore; consider the history surrounding the matter of Treyvon – Zimmerman in which the 911 tapes were deliberately altered to match the format of those who accused him of murder and racism.

    The man has not even faced trial and the damage to this day has been done; now we see more selective editing to meet a journalists agenda.

    • Anonymous

      Hell, the press has been covering for progressives for at least 60 years. The last straw for me was the Clarence Thomas hearings back in the 90’s. It was stunning to watch the difference in the mainstream press coverage compared to C-SPAN. After that, I stopped watching ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, etc. I don’t subscribe to my local newspaper, don’t read Time, Newsweek, et al. Thus, I am now a fully uninformed (non-white) peckerwood. Cheers.

      • Anonymous

        Non-white peckerwood?  How can that be? LOL!  What are you, if I may inquire?  If you are African-American (or black, however you choose) that would really shut up a lot of the trolls on this site calling us all racist whites.  I have some Native American (Cherokee) but since I don’t look it, I get called cracker all the time.  Doesn’t bother me.  I am a Ritz Cracker.

      • Anonymous

         Need more and more people to stop watching them, money does pay for their jobs.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The press has sold their integrity and desire for truth for the glory of the world and for the gain of politics; no wonder they are so despised and compliant.

  • Draxx

    Nothing but Propagandist… time and time again they only try to further Democratic Socialism.

  • Sam Fisher

    I bet Michelle eat your veggies Obama knew that she was wrong and was trying to do the progressive thing and tried to make this about assault weapons. We all know that the only reason her home town went to hell was because of liberals running it for the past hundred years if you want to see the outcome of what a liberal utopia looks like in the end go to Chicago.

  • Melanie Clark

    No, I think she really wanted it to be true although she knew it was a lie.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, this is what now passes for ‘transparency’ in your country ?

  • Anonymous

    Are you so surprised by this?  The msm is in love with the Obama’s and will do anything to put them in the best light. Not so with George W. and Laura or any other Republican/Conservative.  This goes way back to the Clinton (it’s just about sex) years.  Anyone expecting hard questions dealt to any Democrat from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and especially MSNBC is kidding themselves.  Unless you stray from the liberal/progressive stance, you have nothing to fear from the media.
    I would love to be able to read her college thesis and see for myself if it is as racist as they claim or if it is just extreme right-wing propaganda that calls it so.   I want the evidence to make up my own mind, not just take anyone’s word for it.
    Guess I better not hold my breath on that one.

  • Anonymous

    Looky, looky, Glenn Beck has decided to attack the President’s family again!
    Not only does he enjoy mocking and belittling the President’s daughter, now he is out there attacking the First Lady.
    Glenn Beck is one classy, classy little bigot isn’t he!!!

    • Mike Nelson

      Your pedantic ravings have become tiresome.  Try and step it up, eh?

      • Anonymous

        I simply told the truth about Glenn Beck’s attacks and how they demonstrate how immature and evil he truly is.

    • Anonymous

      what a classy, classy moron.

      • Anonymous

        A small quibble: this guy is NOT classy, just a moron! Cheers,

      • Anonymous

        I make on honest statement about Glenn’s comments and your only comment is a personal attack. Obviously you are someone who doesn’t care to hold a discussion. You are only interested in picking fights, which I don’t have time for. Goodbye.

    • Anonymous

      Where were you when the media attacked Laura Bush, and Jenna and Barbara?  They criticized them all the time.  First Ladies may be fair game, especially when they decide to talk about political issues, but I agree with you.  The children should be left alone.

      • greywolfrs

        Sorry, when Obamao’s daughter went to Mexico for spring break and cost taxpayers a ton of money for security they are fair game.

      • Anonymous

        I was saying the same thing when Bush’s family was attacked or criticized, but today’s attacks on the First Lady seem to be much nastier.

        • Anonymous

          Then you and I can at least agree on that.  And graywolf, it isn’t Sasha and Malia’s fault about the vacation.  They are underage.  I am pretty sure either Michelle or Barack arranged the trip.  Sasha is what? 14 now?  Pretty sure adults arranged it.  And no, this doesn’t make me pro-Obama.  Can’t stand the man or his policies.  Doesn’t mean I have to hate on the kids. 

          • greywolfrs

            So, you believe that his daughter was forced to go on that trip? You think she had nothing to do with it? I have news for you. Just because Obamao and Moochelle arranged for it to happen does not mean his daughter had nothing to do with. Ultimately, was it Obamao and Moochelle’s decision, probably. Did they enable her, probably, but with all the trouble in Mexico, to think this sidn’t cost taxpayers a ton of money is foolish.

    • greywolfrs

      You really should look up the term “bigot,” then look in the mirror. Hypocrite.

      • Anonymous

        Wonderful argument.
        I make an honest statement about Glenn Beck attacking the President’s family and your response is to call me a bigot?!
        Obviously, you are not someone to carry on a discussion. All you want to do is pick fights with personal attacks.

        • greywolfrs

          As you personally attack Beck, nice hypocrisy.

  • Anonymous

    And idiots like laughing eat this up along with the coolaid of MSM. Truly pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    I know this article is about the MSM edit, and overall being in the tank for this administration in every way. But we might as well be discussing that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning, as it is an absolute given.

    The bigger issue is this:  Regardless of what type of guns the kids had but didn’t need, they would still have them despite the amount of gun control legislation they imposed on us. I am just about positive that they were probably breaking a dozen laws by possessing them in the first place, since chicago has more gun control laws on the books than any other city in the union (and highest gun death rate too, I might add). Any news agency with a modicum of honesty or integrity would cover that angle. Which of course rules out ABC out.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. And you notice that these people are not talking about going into the hood to get all their guns. Where I live, the gun deaths in Richmond, CA, Oakland, CA, etc. are many more than those in CT. Do you think any of the guns used here are legal? After the new laws are passed, do you think any of them will fall within the legal limits? Or, will these thugs willingly turn them in and get “acceptable” firearms? Notice, too, that little is being said about the shooting in Las Vegas. From the surveillance video, my guess is the weapon used was semi- or automatic. Can we ask what color the shooters were? Where is the liberal outrage? So many questions and so little time!

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  • dennis reilly

    Then why doesn’t she go to Chicago personally and appeal to the neighborhood thugs where she grew up to stop the crime instead of taking multiple vacations, shilling for the oscars, buying all her expensive clothes. Do something hands on you hypocrite!!!!

  • Patriot

    The Mainstream Media will do whatever it takes to “Please” The Obamas. Lies, lies, and many more lies. Pathetic!

  • greywolfrs

    I guess it is good for someone to point it out, but this is hardly news. By the way, the left wing dolts do not care what Moochelle says, anymore than they care what Obamao says. They are dolts.

  • Patty Wales

    Wow you mean to say she lies just like her husband, lol

  • Patty Wales

    Journalism is dead in this country….no longer the
    government watchdog, looking out for American citizens, but now an arm of the
    democrat party only concerned with promoting liberal/progressive/marxist
    policies, and whatever DEMOCRAT happens to reside in The White House.

  • Rick LapLante

    Should let her know that we’re against kids having automatic weapons, whether they need them or not.  And perhaps that she doesn’t know enough about what she is talking about to keep talking.

  • How Michael Wyllie

    we have to be careful here.. the people trying to make these new laws fully understand that most hand guns are semi automatic and are counting on voters who don’t know anything about guns to not understand that, as we know their ultimate goal is no guns. my legally owned 9mm is semi automatic.

  • Anonymous

    There’s not a shred of integrity amongst the majority of the so-called “journalists” of this country. They have now so enjoined the leftist line that they no longer have the moral fortitude to refrain from lies through omission. Would it really be so terrible for Michelle Obama to have to admit that she erred? If they are truly impartial, then why didn’t they question the facts during the interview? It’s simple…they are NOT journalists, they publicists to the Obama cult of personality.

  • Shane

    The editing was done so that Obama would not look like an idiot. 

  • Anonymous

    sorry sam, the real example of progressive utopia is detroit, michigan. look what the liberals did to the manufacturing capital of america during the 50’s.

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