The mainstream media was caught spreading a fake video over the weekend in an attempt to show war crimes being committed by the Turks against Kurdish forces in Syria.
ABC News broadcast a video that they said “appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town of Tal Abyad” that took place on Oct. 11 during their World News Tonight program on Sunday evening.
However, it was discovered shortly afterward that the video used by ABC News was from the Knob Creek Gun Range, which is located in the town of West Point, Kentucky. They host a biannual “Military Gun Shoot & Military Gun Show” where many different firearms are discharged at night. ABC News used the video posted by the gun range from 2017 in an attempt to manipulate the public to support the war in Syria.
Gizmodo posted a video on YouTube showing that the ABC News clip is exactly the same as the video from the Kentucky gun range:
After their deceptions were revealed, ABC News was forced to apologize publicly for their false reporting.
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
This is reminiscent of what the fake news did in the lead up to the Iraq War, which President Donald Trump has called the worst mistake in U.S. history.
Reporter Matt Taibbi explained earlier this year how the fake news media worked at the behest of the globalist Bush administration and the deep state to con the U.S. public into supporting the war in Iraq:
In the popular imagination, the case for war was driven by a bunch of Republicans and one over-caffeinated New York Times reporter named Judith Miller. Even the attempts to make comprehensive lists of Iraq cheerleaders post-invasion inevitably focus on usual suspects like Fleischer, current Trump official John Bolton, neoconservatives like Max Boot, David Frum, and Bill Kristol, and winger goons like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. But we expect the worst from such people.
It’s been forgotten this was actually a business-wide consensus, which included the enthusiastic participation of a blue-state intelligentsia. The New Yorker of Remnick, who himself wrote a piece called “Making the Case,” was a source of many of the most ferocious pro-invasion pieces, including a pair written by current Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, one of a number of WMD hawks who failed up after the war case fell apart. Other prominent Democrat voices like Ezra Klein, Jonathan Chait, and even quasi-skeptic Nick Kristof (who denounced war critics for calling Bush a liar) were on board, as a Full Metal Jacket character put it, “for the big win.”
The Washington Post and New York Times were key editorial-page drivers of the conflict; MSNBC unhired Phil Donahue and Jesse Ventura over their war skepticism; CNN flooded the airwaves with generals and ex-Pentagon stoolies, and broadcast outlets ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS stacked the deck even worse: In a two-week period before the invasion, the networks had just one American guest out of 267 who questioned the war, according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
Exactly one major news organization refused to pick up pom-poms, the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. All the other major outlets, whether they ostensibly catered to Republican or Democratic audiences, sold the war lie.
The fake news is trying to undo President Donald Trump’s peace push in Syria, but a vigilant citizenry on social media is making it more difficult to peddle their lies.
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