You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

DEBATE: Should Sen. John McCain Be Angry at TV Station for Airing Edited Comments?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is trying to set the record straight about a clip that shows him talking about gun control at a town hall event. In the clip a mother of one of the Aurora, Colo., shooting victims makes the case that assault weapons like the one used by James Holmes should be banned, then asks McCain whether he agrees.

In the short clip shown by a local station and replayed by MSNBC, McCain

is only shown saying, "you need some straight talk" and declaring that an assault weapons ban won't pass in Congress. But his response was actually significantly longer, and he went on to talk about background checks and other things that can be done, telling the woman he is committed to working on measures that will prevent gun violence. He also expressed his sympathy for her loss.

Megyn Kelly talked with reporter Lachlan Markay and professor Mark Hannah about whether the edited clip was meant to make McCain look bad. Hannah said he doesn't see a problem with it, pointing out that the clip was edited down to its most essential portion, which was McCain talking about the assault weapons ban.

Markay disagreed, however, saying the way the clip appeared on MSNBC "was reinforcing a preconceived notion of guns rights supporters that they simply don't care about the emotional aspect or the personal experiences of people affected by gun violence, and when you show the full clip that's clearly not the case."

Watch the debate and tell us what you think:

Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

On Fox News Channel

All Times Eastern

9
A

One year later, Bill Hemmer returns to Boston to honor the victims and heroes, and celebrate the city. Don’t miss Bill’s LIVE coverage of the Boston Marathon.

7
P

Clemson’s football team is catching accusations of too much Christianity! Who’s on the attack and why? It's a must-see On The Record.

8
P

Is the national media covering the Nevada rancher story in a fair and balanced way? Bernie Goldberg will analyze tonight on The O'Reilly Factor.

9
P

Megyn goes inside a vicious NY Times article against our vets on The Kelly File. Then don't miss Duck Dynasty's Hannity

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News

Subscribe

Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

'Outnumbered' Set to Debut on Fox News Channel

They're outspoken, out of the box, outrageous and outstandingly smart! And he is outnumbered. Don't miss the premiere of a new panel show on Fox News Channel, bringing you a refreshing new twist on news. Check out all the details on "Outnumbered," debuting Monday, April 28 at noon ET!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" will reveal who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Check out the latest installment: an inside look at Mutton Bustin!

Greta Is Wired!

GretaWire.com is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!