Ed Driscoll

Slicing and Dicing at the House of Stephanopoulos

“ABC defends editing Michelle Obama’s ‘automatic weapon’ claim:”

ABC is defending its decision to edit out an apparently erroneous claim by Michelle Obama in its broadcast of the first lady’s interview on Good Morning America today, saying it made the changes “solely” for the sake of time.

As The Washington Examiner reported this morning, the first lady claimed during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago shortly after performing during the President’s Inauguration, was shot because “some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need.”

In fact, Chicago Police reported Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with a handgun before fleeing in a waiting car,” according to the Associated Press.

So it’s sort of the blipverts version of ABC’s blocking The Path to 9/11 from DVD release.

Besides, why should NBC, CBS and CNN have all the fun fudging the facts?