ABC caught editing an interview with the First Lady

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.”

This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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The less-than-favorable reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's bid for governor of California as a Republican has shown that leftists and so-called "transgender rights activist" care more about political party than actual transgender rights. Despite the fact that if she wins, Jenner would be the first trans governor in our nation's history — and prove that Republicans aren't 'transphobic' — Leftist activists would rather back Gavin Newsom — a cisgender, white male.

"Make no mistake: we can't wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass," tweeted Equality California, one of the state's largest LGBTQ-rights groups.

"With all due respect, @Caitlyn_Jenner, you are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO," tweeted leftist activist and actress Alyssa Milano.

"Well done Caitlyn Jenner, running for governor wins you the one medal you never got: stupidest mother***ker on earth. Running as a Trump Republican & entering a world that hates you," tweeted "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman.

In this clip from the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere discussed the Left's hostile reaction to Jenner's candidacy for California governor and agreed that leftist trans activists are showing themselves to be more "leftists" than "trans activists."

"If Caitlyn Jenner did, let's say, run for governor and win as a Republican, wouldn't that go a long way to advance what [trans rights activists'] goal supposedly is? Like, if you really believe Republicans hate trans people and what you want is for society to have trans people accepted more broadly, what better way to accomplish that than having a Republican trans candidate?" Stu asked.

"Yeah, see, but you just said the key words: 'If you really believe.' They don't really believe anything. I don't think they even really believe that Republicans hate gay people. I don't think they actually believe that. That's just a slogan that's been drilled in their head," Glenn said. "It doesn't have anything to do with race or gender, or really anything else. It has everything to do with politics. That's it."

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