NBC Manipulates Video: Cuts Around Biden Threatening to ‘Slap’ Man

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In a viral moment from an auto plant in Detroit Tuesday, a raging Joe Biden lashed out and threatened to assault (slap) an autoworker who confronted him about his support for curtailing Second Amendment rights. The threat was omitted by all the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and Univision, with CNNEE and Telemundo ignoring the incident altogether. But what NBC Nightly News did was particularly deceptive in that they completely cut around Biden’s threat of physical violence.

In the NBC coverage of the “tense confrontation,” correspondent Gabe Gutierrez actually noted that Biden did want to ban so-called “assault weapons” before boasting that the former Vice President “pulled no punches.” He then played the manipulated video:

BIDEN: We’ll take your AR – your AR-14s away.

AUTOWORKER (talking about Biden sticking a finger in his face): This is not okay. [Transition] You’re working for me, man.

BIDEN: I'm not working for you. Gimme a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s ass.

The marked “transition” was where Biden can be heard saying “Don't tell me that, pal, or I'm going to go out and slap you in the face.” The whole confrontation can be watched here with the edited portion starting at the 1:03-second mark. The edit was intentional because the comment only lasted less than 4 seconds (thus there was no time crunch), and NBC reporter Jonathan Allen noted the threat in an online report.

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