ABC edits out First Lady’s false claim Chicago teen killed by ‘automatic weapon’

ABC edits out First Lady’s false claim Chicago teen killed by ‘automatic weapon’

Michelle Obama on ABCLet’s go to the tape, as sportscaster Warner Wolf used to say. But first let’s go to the web — to the text edition of a statement made by Michelle Obama during an interview on this morning’s “Good Morning America.” As The Examiner’s Charlie Sperling notes, the First Lady was on the ABC show to lobby for gun control. And her Exhibit A was the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in Chicago days after performing during the president’s inauguration ceremony in Washington.

Quoth Mrs. Obama, according to the web transcript:

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. [Emphasis added]

But as Sperling points out, Chicago police reported that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with a handgun before fleeing in a waiting car.” [Emphasis added]

Apparently, some producer at ABC noticed the error. In the video of the segment below, notice that the reference to “automatic weapons” has been scrubbed. How nice that one of the three major networks is putting words in the First Lady’s mouth (or in this case taking them out). As Weasel Zippers quips, “It’s almost like the MSM is in the tank for the Obamas.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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