Journalistic integrity, BuzzFeed-style: Twelve hours after Twitchy broke the story of how the left-wing media lied about the “heckling” of a Newtown dad by “gun nuts,” BuzzFeed is still clinging bitterly to the repulsive heckler narrative.

At 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, BuzzFeed pimped its false story again. No correction, no retraction and the story is still titled “Pro-Gun Hecklers Shout At Father Who Lost Son In Newtown.” The only change was a pathetic CYA attempt: an update at the very end with the unedited video and the text, “Listen to Heslin’s full comments here.”

Unsurprisingly, readers continue to trust the false headline:

https://twitter.com/_myello_/status/296541488580546560

https://twitter.com/thewhitewood/status/296579507027079168

Slate and The Week admitted that Neil Heslin wasn’t heckled during his testimony at a Connecticut legislative meeting. After being called out by Twitchy’s Michelle Malkin and others, Anderson Cooper acknowledged that Heslin “asked for response and audiences members gave it.”

But BuzzFeed joins the pathetic liars like MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in refusing to acknowledge the beat-you-over-the-head-obvious truth evident in the full video of the testimony — that Heslin asked a question, paused for a response and received answers the media didn’t like.

Next on BuzzFeed: 43 kittens in teacups shame the Newtown hecklers.

Update:

BuzzFeed added another update this morning. No correction, no retraction, just some pathetic faux-fence-straddling designed to absolve the reporter of responsibility for the error:

Gun rights advocates and others have suggested Heslin was not heckled, since the crowd was responding to a question Heslin asked. Others counter that Heslin’s question was rhetorical. But around the 15 minute mark you can hear shouts such as “Second Amendment” interrupting Heslin’s testimony. An official can then be heard reprimanding those who were yelling.

See, the facts are totally open to interpretation, according to BuzzFeed, but the right interpretation is that Heslin was “heckled” by people “interrupting” his testimony. Hence, BuzzFeed’s refusal to update the title or issue a correction.

Our response? Some have suggested BuzzFeed reporters are a bunch of crapweasels. Others counter they are more accurately described as douchenozzles.

Related:

Huffington Post still pushing heckling hoax

Oliver Willis invents new term: ‘Heckling truthers’

Richard Dawkins: How dare you ask me to retract my tweet about ‘heckling’ incident?

‘General Hospital’ actress Nancy Lee Grahn still pushing ‘heckling’ hoax

Moby claims ‘utterly despicable’ NRA heckled Newtown father

MSNBC is still lying about fabricated ‘heckling’ incident

Frum plays rape card, defends selective media editing of heckling vid

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell clinging bitterly to Newtown ‘heckling’ story

Hours after heckling hoax was debunked, UPI posts selectively-edited video

David Frum doubles down on ‘heckling’ lie; Update: Triples down

Shock: A few lefty outlets acknowledge media were wrong about Newtown ‘heckling’; Piers Morgan ‘apologizes,’ sort of

Ace of Spades shreds media for perpetuating Newtown heckling hoax

Reuters editor who got Newtown ‘heckling’ story wrong goes on factually-challenged anti-Twitchy rant

Outrageous: How the left-wing media lied about Newtown ‘hecklers’

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    I don’t think these people ever will retract their lie. It is the perfect distraction from the fact that before Mr. Haslin spoke another father of a Newtown victim spoke and is against any new gun control laws. Said to enforce the laws already in place first.

    • Chris Fernandez

      We have a winner. Exactly!

    • Sean

      The whole gun control issue is to keep everyone from thinking about how the economy is going down hill…

  • Karl Winrich

    What ever happened to journalistic integrity? It went out the door when Obama won in 2008. Remember what happened to Dan Rather, a well respected journalist with a long resume at CBS. He obtained a story about fmr. pres. GW Bush that was nothing more than slander from an unknown source he claimed was credible. His fellow journalists at CBS even told him his source material was questionable for accuracy but he so hated Bush that he ran with the story anyways and it cost him his job. So why is it that now days journalists can say anything on public medium, even if it’s an outright lie, and not be punished for it. They are covered so long as it follows the party narrative, it has become OK to broadcast propaganda.

    • disqus_eric

      It went out during the pre-2008 primaries. Just ask Hillary.

  • Mark_Htown

    Look – While the headline does make it seem like it would be worse than it actually was I have to agree with the fact the guy by definition was heckled – If you had it in your head someone was shouting the whole time the guy was talking that was not the case and I could see how the story not meeting your expectations could be seen as a lie to some people

    • Emily B

      You clearly don’t know the definition of heckling. But I looked it up for you!!

      heckling: to harass and try to disconcert with questions, challenges, or gibes, to badger
      No one was harassing, disconcerting, challenging or badgering. He asked a question (twice), waited for and answer, and someone answered. Not heckling. You’re welcome.

    • Karl Winrich

      The man asked a question and was silent, then asked the question again. And again there was a moment of silence before anybody in the room or in the gallery responded. This does not fit the definition of heckling.

    • Karl Winrich

      The man asked a question and was silent, then asked the question again. And again there was a moment of silence before anybody in the room or in the gallery responded. This does not fit the definition of heckling.

    • TocksNedlog

      Really? Which part of “I ASK if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason” are you stuck on?

    • TocksNedlog

      Really? Which part of “I ASK if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason” are you stuck on?

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      You can’t be ‘heckled’ if you ask a question and expect it to be answered…and then have it subsequently answered.
      .
      You’d be look up the definition of heckling again.

  • smorkingapple

    “Hint: if the moderator of a public meeting says you will be cleared from room if you don’t shut up, you are heckling” Frum… Ballgame gun nuts… How’s the new Sharia Law and Europeanization of America working for ya? Stock market is up.

    • ForTheRepublic

      So, were you just hoping that one of those talking points would stick, or…..?

    • ForTheRepublic

      So, were you just hoping that one of those talking points would stick, or…..?

  • smorkingapple

    “Hint: if the moderator of a public meeting says you will be cleared from room if you don’t shut up, you are heckling” Frum… Ballgame gun nuts… How’s the new Sharia Law and Europeanization of America working for ya? Stock market is up.

  • The Monster

    “No one NEEDS an assault weapon”.

    Rosa Parks didn’t NEED to sit at the front of the bus. But it was her RIGHT to do so. If something is a right, you don’t have to justify your NEED to it. It’s already yours.

    As to the “heckling” allegation, after he asked the question, had it gone unanswered, that could then be interpreted as an admission that he’s right. So they win either way. Neat how that works when you control the narrative.

  • The Monster

    “No one NEEDS an assault weapon”.

    Rosa Parks didn’t NEED to sit at the front of the bus. But it was her RIGHT to do so. If something is a right, you don’t have to justify your NEED to it. It’s already yours.

    As to the “heckling” allegation, after he asked the question, had it gone unanswered, that could then be interpreted as an admission that he’s right. So they win either way. Neat how that works when you control the narrative.

  • V the K

    Has any MFM outlet ever had to “correct” a story whose initial reporting made the Democrat left look bad?

  • V the K

    Has any MFM outlet ever had to “correct” a story whose initial reporting made the Democrat left look bad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.roof.7 Janice Roof

    ps: What assault rifle? The one in his Trunk? That kid used two handguns.

  • Danny Noonan-Miss

    Idiotic Leftist Elite-media types do not retract the garbage they put out as truth. I love the question above, are these leftists better described as crapweasels or douchenozzles?? Now that is hilarious!

  • average schmoe

    Journalism is dead folks. These so-called Journalists are about making the news to fit their agenda, not reporting it. I graduated with a degree in Journalism in 1985. The “new wave” of Journalists have buried it forever. Thanks media.

  • SideTraKd

    Heslin was probably told… Ask them a question, and if they don’t answer, claim that they CAN’T answer (which is EXACTLY what he did)… If they do answer, we’ll claim they’re out of line and deserve to be thrown out (which is EXACTLY what they threatened to do).