Pro-tip to media worried about and angered by Trump labeling them “Fake News”: check your sources, video or otherwise, before airing it as real. Because today, ABC News’s World News Tonight had to admit footage they aired as being from Syria wasn’t, in fact, from Syria.
CORRECTION: 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. ABC News regrets the error.
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 14, 2019
According to Tom Elliot and The Washington Examiner below, that footage was actually from a Kentucky gun range. So, so close. And yet, not even.
Here’s ABC News passing off footage from a Kentucky gun range as action from the Turkey/Syria conflict pic.twitter.com/WeaI2XebSE
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 14, 2019
From The Washington Examiner:
ABC aired supposedly shocking footage Monday and Sunday purporting to be from the frontline battle between the Syrian Kurds and the invading Turks. The only problem is: The footage appears to come from a nighttime machine gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.
Well, crap on a hotdog stick. Just when you think you’re airing violent footage of super violence of a boomy, explosiony type showing all the violence and all the bloodshed from all the way over in Syria, just turns out to be a night in Kentucky. America Hells Yeah.
Meanwhile, media is having hissy fits about some fan-made video of Trump targeting media floosies, which is actually from the movie Kingsman in which someone (sorry, it’s not on my Netflix ‘My List’), kills a bunch of Christians.
Look, being called “fake news” is an insult right up until media embraces it as a motto by which to live. Mistakes happen, sure. But no one at ABC thought to ask “Hey, great footage, where’d you get it?”