The Lamestream Media claims Fox News is “far right,” or “neo conservative,” etc.. But that’s not why they hate Fox, apart from Fox’s unquestionable success. They hate Fox because all too often, Fox tells the truth about them:
ABC issued a correction and apology Monday for reportedly using video from a Kentucky gun range while falsely claiming it depicted a fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces.
The network aired the footage on Sunday night and Monday morning, framing it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.
The footage first aired on Sunday’s “World News Tonight” as anchor Tom Llamas claimed it showed a Turkish attack on a group of Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town.
The chyron beneath the video read: ‘CRISIS IN SYRIA. ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attack.’
The video appears identical to online footage called ‘Knob Creek night shoot 2017.’ At one point in the broadcast, the clip was described as being ‘obtained by ABC News.’
The clip showed people firing tracer rounds as massive explosions occurred in the distance, while bystanders used cell phones to record.
ABC’s newscast breathlessly represented the video as live footage of the Turks hitting a Kurd convoy. I wasn’t aware the Turks were making airstrikes in Kentucky. I also wasn’t aware the Kurds were forming convoys there.
Notice that ABC’s “corrections didn’t come close to telling the whole story, instead suggesting ABC made the corrections only due to their great journalistic integrity. The original clip of the machinegun shoot has been on the Internet since 2017. ABC had sufficient journalistic integrity to edit out the portion of the clip were bystander’s cellphones recording the tracer rounds were visible.
The machinegun shoot is a popular, yearly event at the Kentucky range, particularly the night shoot, which features tracer ammunition. Machineguns may be legally owned, but there are considerable government obstacles to ownership, which makes them sufficiently rare to attract a substantial audience for such events where people are allowed to handle and shoot various automatic weapons under safe conditions. I wrote about the issue in A Submachine Gun Primer, 2019:
The Gun Control Act of 1968 froze the importation of any new automatic firearms for citizens, and in 1986, the Firearm Owners Protection Act was passed, primarily to end government abuses of law-abiding gun owners. During final debate, late at night when most of the Representatives were gone, a Democrat introduced an amendment, and Charles Rangel (D-NY), the presiding officer at the moment, called for a voice vote. Even though it was obviously defeated, Rangel declared it passed, and all fully automatic firearms manufactured after May 19, 1986 became unavailable for citizen ownership (18 USC 921). Democrats have so successfully demonized common semiautomatic rifles, that provision has never been struck down. One can still own a fully automatic gun, following the procedure established in 1934, but the 1986 amendment essentially froze the number of such weapons in circulation. It’s still possible to own a machinegun, but it must be a weapon manufactured prior to 1986. It’s a seller’s market and they’re rare and very expensive.
Someone at ABC News had to find this video, which was clearly labeled as the Kentucky Machinegun shoot. They had to edit out the cellphones, apply other filtering techniques, and various photo and news editors had to approve it. One would think someone at ABC would ask “Hey, where did you get this live footage?” A more likely probability is this:
The footage was almost certainly “too good to check,” which is a long standing and underhanded term for anything that fits a preferred media narrative, particularly if they think checking it out would keep them from using it. That’s how Rathergate made the air. Everything about the fake documents should have been a red flag for any ethical journalist, but Dan Rather and his cronies wanted to get George W. Bush so badly, they destroyed their own careers, and badly damaged media credibility, instead. Circa 2019, it’s almost impossible for any “journalist” to do anything unethical. Everything is fair game as long as it’s aimed at people the media hate.
And they wonder why normal Americans don’t trust them and think them liars.