MSNBC ‘Forced’ Into Apology Over Biden Speech

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
May 3, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

MSNBC ‘forced’ apology: MSNBC apologized to its viewers after taking quotes from Vice President Joe Biden out of context.

Biden was giving a speech dedicated to Americans who died in the Benghazi, Libya attack last year, according to MSNBC.

But as the National Review pointed out, MSNBC used the segment to make an argument about gun control in the United States.

“No child should predecease their parents and noone should have to suffer the loss of their spouse, it’s not easy,” he said in the edited segment.

The network’s Thomas Roberts then said Biden was “children as the victims of gun violence” when he made the remark.

However, on Friday’s edition of “The Cycle,” the network issued an apology for apparently taking the vice president’s quote out of context.

A co-host on the show, Toure, said, “Quick note, earlier today on MSNBC, we played a soundbite from the Vice President in which we stated he was speaking about gun control. The Vice President was actually speaking about Benghazi. It was a producer error. MSNBC regrets the error,” according to the Huffington Post.

Conservative website The Blaze claimed the network was “forced” to apologize, suggesting MSNBC was trying to mislead. However, MSNBC did not specify that in its apology.