February 4, 2013
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In a CNN segment that revisited the alleged “heckling” incident last Monday night at a Hartford meeting on gun violence, The Post’s Dana Milbank rules against the audience. Citing reporting by the Connecticut Post and the “full” video clip, he concluded, “That looks like heckling to me.” Others reached the same conclusion as well, he noted.

Yes, somehow they did. In spite of the fact that the alleged hecklee, Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, called for further gun restrictions on about eight separate occasions, without any interruption from the audience. In spite of the fact that Heslin asked the audience to give him a reason why anybody needs assault rifles or high-capacity clips; again, no interruption. In spite of the fact that it was only when Heslin challenged the audience — “not one person can answer that question” — did he get the feedback that others categorized as heckling.

Milbank and others on “Reliable Sources” appeared to conclude that the whole heckling thing was a “judgment call.” Right, an easy judgment call. (And Milbank takes issue with the judgment of this post).

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.