The ink isn’t even wet on the stories exposing Katie Couric’s Under the Gun documentary for its deceptive practices and we already have another fresh example of the lying, anti-gun left. In a May 24 episode of HBO’s Real Sports, reporter David Scott spoke with AR-15 designer Jim Sullivan.
“The lethality of the AR-15. Is that reduced in the civilian semi-automatic mode?” asked Scott in the episode.
“No,” said Sullivan.
“It’s the same,” he said.
“The same?” asked Scott.
“In fact,” said Sullivan, “the gun is functioning exactly the way the military model is in semi-automatic.”
That’s the way the interview played out on HBO, but Sullivan says the show’s producers chopped away some important caveats. In an interview with The Federalist, Sullivan said these omissions changed the meaning of what he was saying.
“When I appear to say that the civilian-model AR-15 is just as effective or deadly as the military M16, they omitted that I had said ‘When firing semi-auto only’ and that ‘the select fire M16 on full auto is of course more effective,” Sullivan said.
Remarkably, this is much worse than the Couric controversy. While editing made it look as though gun-rights activists were stumped by one of Couric’s questions, the documentary didn’t try to invert the actual arguments shown on camera to make them say the opposite. This is exactly what happened in this case. The entire point of the question is to get an answer: Is the Ar-15 as effective as the M16? The answer, taken in total, is no. The answer, taken as edited, is yes.
But, as with the Under the Gun documentary, the real problem isn’t with HBO or their Real Sports show. This is a systemic problem in all forms of the liberal media, and only now – with a legion of online watchdogs scrutinizing them with a magnifying glass – are we finally starting to realize how much of their content is deceptive. Not “colored with bias” or “subjective” or even “misleading” – no, just blatant, outright deception.
The media is losing influence, and this is one of the biggest reasons why. Again and again, our supposed guardians of truth are being exposed as liars and propagandists. We can hope that eventually, they will see the error of their ways. But in the meantime, just keeping them under close watch will have to be enough.