NBC Cuts Christ From Interview with the Widow of Fallen U.S. Navy Seal-Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:
This is a forwarded eRumor about a television interview of the wife of a U.S. Navy Seal who perished in an attack on a helicopter in Afghanistan.   She told NBC's Today Show Matt Lauer of her husband's love for Christ and country.  The eRumor alleges that the video that was posted on the MSNBC site with all mentions of God and Christ edited out.

 

The Truth:  
Kimberly Vaughn, the widow of US Navy Seal Aaron Vaughn, appeared on the August 8, 2011 NBC Today Show with Matt Lauer and spoke of her late husband's legacy, his love for Christ and country.  We found the video on that page to be in its complete and unedited form.  

In December 2012 a version of the same eRumor surfaced alleging that NBC cut out the mention of Jesus in an interview with the surviving wife of a U.S. Navy Seal who perished during the September 11, 2012 attack at the consulate in Lybia. The text of both eRumors is almost identical.   We have not found any evidence of this being true.

 


Video From MSNBC.com


There are three links to videos on that page and the Vaughn family interview is the third one down with the title Video: Fallen SEAL was ‘willing to give his life'.   Click for MSNBC Interview.

The interview shows Aaron's father, Billy Vaugh, saying that his son loved God and was "a man of God."  Shortly after that, Aaron's mother, Karen Vaughn, said that her son "was a man of God."  After that Kimberly Vaughn was asked by Lauer what her children would understand about and take away from  their father's legacy and her response was "They will take away his love for Christ.  They will take away his love for this country."

Aaron Vaughn was among the 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs, who perished when Taliban fighters launched a rocket propelled grenade at their Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan on Saturday August 6, 2011.


Various clips from that interview along with photos reappeared on several news programs throughout the days that followed but it would be difficult to prove than any editing of the mention of God or Christ was intentional.

We found a report by NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville, TN that said that Kimberly Vaughn told NBC's Today Show Matt Lauer that "she wants their kids to take their father's love for Christ and this country with them."    Click for WBIR report and video.

updated 12/03/2012

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Original eRumor that surfaced near 09/09/11:
This morning on the Today Show, Matt Lauer interviewed one of the wives of one of the Navy Seals killed this weekend. He asked her what she would say to her children about their dad and how she would want them to remember him...She said, and I quote, " His love for Christ" and then continued with a few other things...through out the day and on MSN homepage...when the story is replayed they have edited the "Love of Christ" part out...

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.

Example 2 about Seal killed in Lybia that surfaced 12/2/12:
On the Today Show, Matt Lauer interviewed one of the wives of one of the Navy Seals killed along with the US ambassador in Libya . He asked her what she would say to her children about their dad and how she would want them to remember him. She said, and I quote, "His love for Christ" and then continued with a few other things. Throughout the day and on MSN homepage, when the story is replayed they have edited the "Love of Christ" part out.

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 that 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 e-mails 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.