PALM BEACH, Florida — ABC News is coming under heavy fire after airing footage it claimed showed a ferocious attack by Turkish military forces bombing Kurdish civilians in Syria. There’s only one problem: the video was actually from a nighttime weapons demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.
“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,” a spokesman told the Washington Examiner. “ABC News regrets the error.”
On Sunday, ABC News anchor Tom Llamas aired the “shocking”images, with a caption that blared in all capital letters: “SLAUGHTER IN SYRIA.”
“The situation rapidly spiraling out of control in northern Syria. One week since President Trump ordered U.S. forces out of that region, effectively abandoning America’s allies in the fight against [the Islamic State],” he said.
“This video right here appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurd civilians in a Syrian border town,” Llamas breathlessly continued. “The Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS. Now, horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies.”
“We are still investigating,” a representative for the gun range told the Washington Examiner, saying the images aired by ABC “looks to be” from the Kentucky location. “As of right now, it seems to be our footage.”
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh wasted no time blasting ABC News during his national broadcast Monday.
“They got caught!” Limbaugh exclaimed, as he rhetorically asked the network, “How did it get passed in your editing process in the first place? … You people weren’t even suspicious?”
“They don’t need any sources anymore … they don’t need any proof,” Limbaugh continued.
“This is full-fledged illusion creation. This is lying to news customers.”
“So ABC News uses video from 2016 and then tries to pass it off as Turkey bombing the Kurds in Syria. Now why would they do this? …
“They do it for one reason: they’re trying to nail Donald Trump. They’re trying to say mass murder is taking place.”
Footage from Knob Creek, Kentucky:
Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner noted: “It is astonishing that ABC appears to have aired Kentucky gun range footage during primetime news segments on the clashes in Syria and that no one at the network – not a producer, not a fact-checker, and certainly not an on-air personality – caught the errors before they aired.”