Recently, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, CNN’s Ana Navarro, and Democrat 2020 hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand all used social media to share a doctored video, falsely portraying President Trump as having called asylum seekers “animals.”
All three shared the video, which had been edited from Trump’s previous comments on MS-13, leading to backlash from conservatives on social media.
The issue of mass-migration remains a major focal point for both Republicans and Democrats heading into the 2020 election, prompting harsh criticism for the media coming from President Trump and his supporters who allege biased coverage.
With the election drawing closer, another major issue is media truthfulness, leaving the recent sharing of “fake news” from major media pundits an ominous warning of possible things to come.
From The Epoch Times:
An MSNBC host, a CNN analyst, and a Democratic presidential candidate were among those sharing and commenting on a post that falsely claimed President Donald Trump called asylum seekers “animals,” a cycle of renewed disinformation about a clip from 2018.
Chris Hayes of MSNBC retweeted a video clip of Trump talking about MS-13 gang members. But the clip was edited to make it appear as if he were talking about asylum seekers.
Mark Elliott, with the nonprofit Economic Mobility Corp., originally shared the misleading video with the caption “Trump on people asking for asylum ‘These aren’t people. These are animals.’”
Judd Apatow, a famous movie director, shared Elliott’s post, adding the caption, “Nazi garbage.”
Hayes shared Apatow’s post without adding any context.
Presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also shared the misleading video.
“Racist language like this has led to violence throughout the world’s history. No human being is an animal. We have to be better than this,” she wrote.
CNN analyst Ana Navarro was also among those falling for the edited clip, posting a picture of a Nicaraguan boy who she said was seeking asylum in the United States.
“His name is William. Trump calls him ‘animal,’” she wrote.
— Mark Elliott (@markmobility) April 5, 2019