Loretta Lynch on San Bernardino: ‘Violence Like This ... Antithetical to Our Values’
[Editor's Note: Grabien received a letter from a visitor alleging that this video was "doctored" to make it appear Attorney General Lynch said the San Bernardino massacre was a "wonderful opportunity" to address legal reforms. (The original title of this post was: "Loretta Lynch on San Bernardino: ‘Wonderful Opportunity ... to Make Changes.’") The visitor sent the original transcript as well as a link to video of the full speech.
The visitor notes that several sentences are missing from the video -- without which it appears Lynch's "wonderful" comment is in reference to San Bernardino.
After reviewing the submitted material we conclude he is correct. What we've posted does not faithfully represent her remarks.
However, we recorded this clip from CNN as it was happening. We made no edits. What you see is what aired. We have since posted a longer version, so you can see how anchor Carol Costello throws to a supposedly live, in-progress speech from Loretta Lynch, and that speech appears just as it did on Grabien, and then the speech is interrupted by a commercial break.
As the visitor points out, Grabien's rules preclude anyone from editing clips to create an inaccurate impression of what actually happened. We thus felt it important to report that what aired on CNN, which we clipped and posted here, was not an accurate representation of what Loretta Lynch actually said Thursday morning.]
"Let me simply say that whatever the results of this investigation, we county know a lot right now. But one thing is clear that violence like this has no place in this country and in this nation. (Applause) This is not what we stand for. This is not what we do. This is not what we work for. It is not what we live for. It is antithetical to our values. I don't have any operational updates for you at this time. Those will come later from local authorities who are on the scene, but I do want to express my deepest condolences and ask that you join me in standing with our colleague, friends and partners in San Bernardino suffering with this and add all of our thoughts and prayers here today now at this time. Because we're at the point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation's history and it gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change."