Claim: NBC edited an interview with the family of a deceased Navy SEAL to remove a reference to Christ.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2011]
Why? Because using the word Christ might offend someone... well I am a Christian and I am offended! Offended that they would edit it out. Offended that we as Christians are asked to tread lightly so as not to offend someone of another religion.
I think anyone who missed the original broadcast this morning should know what NBC has done. This man loved his country and loved his God and gave his life for both, just as Christ gave His life for him...
Please feel free to copy this and forward it to everyone on your email list. There are emails that go around saying " If you believe in God" then forward this... well I am starting one right here, right now...I am not ashamed of God but I am becoming more ashamed of my country ...It is time to take a stand.
Please GOD, have mercy on us and help us all.
Origins: On 6 August 2011, Taliban fighters downed a U.S.
The e-mail reproduced above claims that a reference to Christ was edited out of the interview by NBC in repeat airings and in the online clip of the interview made available by MSNBC via the MSN web site because "using the word Christ might offend someone." However, a viewing of the interview as offered on MSN shows no signs of editing and includes
While it's possible that some particular NBC affiliate or other local station, in its news reporting, may have aired only excerpts of the interview or cut short the ending (thereby eliminating Kimberly Vaughn's mention of her husband's love for Christ), the evidence does not support the claim that NBC itself deliberately edited the interview clip to remove a reference to Christ.
Variations: A November 2012 version of this item altered the first line to reference a "Navy SEAL killed along with the US ambassador in Libya." However, the Navy SEAL described in the text was killed in Afghanistan in August 2011, more than a year before the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other members of the mission.
Last updated: 5 November 2014