This is why we call them Fake News.
How the heck did this happen?
Do they not fact-check this stuff?
ABC News reported that a video that was actually from a machine-gun shooting event in Kentucky was footage of a Turkish attack on Kurds in a Syria border-town which was described as an example of the “fury of the Turkish attack on Tell Abiad.”
Here is the original World News Tonight report on ABC (for as long as it stays up):
Knob Creek, in West Point, Kentucky has been holding large-scale machine-gun shooting events twice a year (mid-April and mid-October) for several years. Many videos of the spectacular event have been uploaded to YouTube.
Earlier this year, New York Magazine covered it in a piece titled, What the World’s Biggest Machine-Gun Shoot Looks Like.
Twice a year, firearm enthusiasts meet at the Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County, Kentucky, for an event billed “the world’s largest machine-gun shoot.” Visitors can avail themselves of a wide variety of powerful weapons, including magazine-fed and belt-fed machine guns, automatic rifles from the 1930s, and more exotic artillery, like a full-size cannon.
Source: New York Magazine
Here is the source video of the 2017 event at the Knob Creek gun range:
Wow! ABC News is trying to pass gun range videos as combat footage from Syria pic.twitter.com/zfTWtwwSfZ
— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) October 14, 2019
Mistakes are easy to make — I make them myself — but this is pretty egregious for one of the Big Three news agency.
How do you confuse a YouTube video of a gun range in Kentucky that was uploaded in 2017 with a Turkish attack on Syria in 2019? Especially by the journalist that is currently in Syria?
They didn’t sufficiently fact-check the footage because it fit their narrative.
ABC News has issued an apology and the video that was uploaded to YouTube has been set to private.
UPDATE: @ABC has deleted their debunked war propaganda after they were exposed claiming gun range footage was an attack on the Kurds
How did this happen? Did ABC vet their footage before claiming a war crime had occurred?
We deserve answers pic.twitter.com/VCxGx41by1
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 14, 2019
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
Wow. This kind of stuff isn’t helping with removing that “Fake News” label.