ABC has offered no clarification or on-air apology for its false battlefield video and just edited out a soundbite of President Trump’s critical remarks on the topic.
The network issued a correction and apology in simple tweets Monday but has not offered an explanation or an on-air correction for using video purportedly from a battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces that was actually from an event at a gun range in Kentucky.
ABC News ‘regrets’ using fake video of ‘Kurdish civilians being slaughtered’ that was really a gun range in Kentucky https://t.co/c3zlZswVwh
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 14, 2019
During a joint press conference with the president of Italy that was aired on Wednesday’s “World News Tonight,” ABC edited out Trump slamming chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl on the incident.
Karl, who currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents Association, attempted to confront Trump on his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, accusing the president of giving the “greenlight” for Turkey to invade Syria.
“Even after all you have seen — ISIS prisoners freed, all the humanitarian disaster — you don’t have any regret for giving Erdogan the greenlight to invade?” he asked, referring to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
But Trump, who was holding the press conference at the White House with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, quickly flipped Karl’s narrative and scorched him on his own network’s deception.
“I didn’t give him a greenlight,” he replied.
“You know, when you make a statement like that, it is so deceptive. Just the opposite of a greenlight,” Trump continued.
“And when you ask a question like that, it is very deceptive, Jon. It’s almost as deceptive as you showing all of the bombings taking place in Syria, and it turns out the bombing you showed on television took place in Kentucky. So, you know. I’m not even sure that ABC apologized for that. But certainly, it was a terrible thing,” Trump said.
“I’m looking at this, I say, “Wow, that’s pretty bad.” And it was in Kentucky, it wasn’t in Syria,” he added. “But I think ABC owes an apology.”