ABC News has been forced to issue an apology after they falsely misrepresented footage of a Kentucky firearms show as being recent coverage of fighting in Syria, doing no favors to the public’s issue with trust when it comes to the mainstream media.
The footage, which aired on Sunday and Monday, showed fire, tracer rounds and explosions tearing through the darkness as Turkish forces assaulted Syrian Kurds- until a savvy Reddit user pointed out that the “carnage” was from a 2017 automatic weapons night shoot at Knob Creek Range in Kentucky.
Not only was the video pulled from the 2017 shoot, it was edited to exclude the many shots of Knob Creek patrons recording the event with their phones.
According to the Daily Mail, President Donald J. Trump wasted no time in calling out ABC.
“A big scandal at ABC News,” he said via his favorite medium, Twitter. “They got caught using really gruesome FAKE footage of the Turks bombing in Syria. A real disgrace.”
ABC was relatively silent until the issue became mainstream news and forced them to issue a formal apology.
“We’ve taken down video that aired on ‘World News Tonight Sunday’ and ‘Good Morning America’ this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy,” the outlet said in a statement. “ABC News regrets the error.”
The news group has been frequently accused of having a progressive bias, and its recent blunder has been happily touted by conservative news sources and pundits as proof of shoddy journalistic integrity.
A recent Gallup poll released in September revealed that Americans’ trust in media has dropped to 41 percent.
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