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As many other people have pointed out, it's saying something that a gun show in Kentucky can be mistaken for a pitched battle in the Middle East - Beto O'Rourke and his ilk might want to rethink their idea about how easily it might be to separate Americans from their guns. Or at least from Kentuckians. Maybe in Texas they're not made so tough.
The apology's nice, but of course what we want to know is how pitiful a "journalist's" procedures have to be that they could possibly make a mistake on that level. Did they just click on a link and decide to run it on the evening news? Didn't someone ask where the footage came from, and who vouched for it?
I've seen somebody suggesting that this was a false flag operation, some Trump supporter deliberately tricked ABC into running the story and the video just so that they could "expose" the "Fake News". But that doesn't answer the question of just how easy is it to trick ABC into running a fake story? Or any other "credible" news source? The fake "the Amazon is burning up" pictures going viral on Facebook and Twitter were pretty easily and widely debunked, so it's not as if they will deliberately push out any old lie so long as it furthers the narrative, will they have a transparent investigation into how exactly this bit made it to air? At best, somebody fell down on the job, at worst, there was a deliberate attempt to push a lie. Does ABC care enough about their reputation to get to the bottom of this? Or do they already know and accept exactly what their reputation already is?
It is not a mistake; at best, it's pure journalistic laziness. ABC made up a montage of so-called combat footage, including the clips from the Kentucky weapons demonstration. In that clip, you can see dozens of people holding up their phones to film the proceedings. So, they really do think their viewers are stupid. As for this being a false flag, that is a non-defense. Shame on ABC for being duped, but if it's true it only shows that even a half-assed effort can get results. Imagine what a state-sponsored duping campaign could accomplish with morons like ABC, now that we're in the age of computer-generated, completely real-looking videos.