NBC Cuts Christ From Interview with the Widow of Fallen U.S. Navy Seal-Fiction!
Summary of 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 Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today Show” 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.
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.
Click here to review the MSNBC interview for yourself.
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.