The Hill (together with other legacy media) would like us to believe:

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn.) – an outspoken critic of gay marriage – was asked a question via YouTube about what would happen to openly gay servicemen if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was reinstated. The Orlando crowd began booing.

It’s a lie. The Hill’s earlier reporting was misleading, but at least literally true:

Some members of the GOP debate audience booed a gay soldier who asked . . .

Yes, “some members” booed. But let’s be precise. Two members. (Ann Althouse thinks it was only one, but it sounds like two to me.) Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself.

The Orlando crowd did not begin booing, as The Hill and others would have us believe. Two yahoos amidst the crowd booed.

POSTSCRIPT: Additionally, there’s something bizarre about the media’s take on this and another recent debate-audience controversy. They seem to think that the candidates on stage are answerable for anything that two or three people in the audience might say. We don’t know who those people are (they might be provocateurs!), and they are speaking in violation of debate rules. On the other hand, President Obama can share the podium at a rally with someone like Jimmy Hoffa, and Obama isn’t answerable for anything the man says. The only way to make sense of it is as a flagrant double standard.

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