Why Did ABC's 'Good Morning America' Edit Out Michelle Obama's Automatic Weapons Comment? Megyn Kelly Debates With Lars Larson
In an interview Monday with ABC's "Good Morning America," Michelle Obama lamented the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago shortly after performing at the Presidential Inauguration. But a discrepancy was found between the interview that aired, and a longer web video of the first lady's comments.
In the web clip, Mrs. Obama describes
the shooting by saying " she was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need." The mention of automatic weapons was edited out for the broadcast.
The network claims the edit was made due to time constraints. Police have not recovered the gun used in the attack. Police said they found no bullet casings, which are normally present after an automatic weapon is fired.
The edit has led some to claim that the network was covering up a mistake by the first lady.
"I've been in radio and TV for 38 years. I edit for time all the time. But you never take out the part of the soundbite that is relevant to the story that you're covering, except in this case where they took it out, I believe, to protect the first lady from appearing to be ignorant on the subject," said Larson.
Megyn said she understands having to edit because of time, but "it was interesting" that they would opt to take out Mrs. Obama's main point about making sure kids don't have access to guns.
Watch the discussion, and check out some other similar incidents:
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