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ABC News ‘slaughter in Syria’ footage appears to come from a Kentucky gun range

by Becket Adams

October 14, 2019 12:12 PM

Are you distrustful of the coverage of what is happening now in northern Syria between the Kurds and the Turkish army? You have good reason to be.

ABC aired supposedly shocking footage Monday and Sunday purporting to be from the frontline battle between the Syrian Kurds and the invading Turks. The only problem is, the footage appears to come from a nighttime machine gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

After seeing a comment from Twitter user Wojciech Pawelczyk, I began making some calls. As of this writing, it appears ABC indeed aired footage recorded in the Bluegrass State and claimed it was from Syria. The network has since pulled the video.

"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 network representative told the Washington Examiner. "ABC News regrets the error."

A representative for the Knob Creek Gun Range also told the Washington Examiner that they are still investigating ABC’s reporting, adding further that the images aired by the network "look to be" from their Kentucky property.

"As of right now," the representative said, "it seems to be our footage."

Note that the sequence and shape of explosions is identical in the following ABC and Kentucky videos, as are some of the features of the terrain amid the explosions. But we might actually be dealing with two different videos of the same Kentucky live-fire event from slightly different angles. In the independent film of the live-fire event in Kentucky, you can clearly see taller objects in the foreground that seem to appear as silhouettes in the ABC footage:

“This video, obtained by ABC News, appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town of Tal Abyad,” senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell, who is in Syria, said Monday on Good Morning America.

As he spoke, ABC aired footage showing undisclosed gunmen firing tracer bullets at undisclosed targets, causing massive, fiery explosions. Furious stuff indeed.

Earlier, on Sunday, ABC News anchor Tom Llamas also aired the allegedly shocking footage, claiming it showed a fierce Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians.

“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.

Llamas then described the video as it aired on-screen.

“This video right here appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town. The Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS. Now, horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies,” he added.

The intro to the show he anchored, ABC World News Tonight, also claimed of the footage: “A border town, bombarded by Turkey’s military!”

The images would indeed be stunning were they actually from northern Syria. It would be horrific if the images showed a Turkish assault on Kurdish civilians. But the images do not show that. The footage, which appears to be from 2017, shows American gun enthusiasts putting on a terrific pyrotechnic show for an American audience. In fact, the Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show, which includes the very popular night shoot, is a biannual event at the Kentucky gun range. People love the show. They love it so much, in fact, that they often record it and post video of it to social media.

It is astonishing that ABC appears to have inserted Kentucky gun range footage into its prime-time 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.
Video of ABC fake news report.:

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Poor Trumpites
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Poor Trumpites

Hehehehezizit .

Sorry you're upset again
More nervous laughter? Do you pee a little when it happens?
Hehehehehehe....you as upset as pigs tonight?
Guy that served up the "eat the babies" story does not like fake news.
The funniest part of this story is that when ABC realized the the video was wrong, they pulled it and apologized. I think that's what's most upsetting to Trumpites. They lack the ability to acknowledge mistakes

ABC > Trumpites
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The funniest part of this story is that when ABC realized the the video was wrong, they pulled it and apologized. I think that's what's most upsetting to Trumpites. They lack the ability to acknowledge mistakes

ABC > Trumpites

If you think that was simply a "mistake", I've got 1000 acres of prime swamp land to sell you and I'll even throw in a bridge for free.
ABC. Hmmmm isn't that the same broadcaster that had the infamous lying anchor, Brian Williams, who claimed he was in Iraq with the 101st or some such shit?
There used to be a time when journalists didn't try to be part of the news and news outlets fact-checked their shit BEFORE presenting it as news. How one mistakes a video posted on social media of an event in Kentucky to be action from Syria is beyond me. Especially by multiple outlets. It's pretty clear that nobody at all thought to source the video before using it to misrepresent the news.

Actually, it's not that surprising. People have short attention spans and get bored easily these days. Might as well sensationalize the shit out of the news to keep the viewers interested and tuned in. And when you get caught bullshitting everyone, just pull the ol' fake apology shtick.
My heart and mind goes out to the victims of this horrific slaughter of innocent LGBTQ2S women and children climate activist minorities.
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My heart and mind goes out to the victims of this horrific slaughter of innocent LGBTQ2S women and children climate activist minorities.

Oh, the humanity.
What would either of you know about humanity?
LOL, says cliffy, the meme talker who supports governments that have killed half a billion people.

(That's their OWN people!)

The coal burnin, gun takin', plastic makin', suicide van organ sellin', tyrant bastids.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck View Post

The funniest part of this story is that when ABC realized the the video was wrong, they pulled it and apologized. I think that's what's most upsetting to Trumpites. They lack the ability to acknowledge mistakes
ABC > Trumpites

That was no mistake, you are lying.

So much for YOUR intelligence recognition "skills".

“ABC issued a correction and apology Monday for reportedly (lol brodcast fakenews "stories" are now reportedly!!!) using video from a Kentucky gun range while falsely claiming (LYING!!!) it depicted a fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces,” reports Fox News.

The mistake they made was getting caught "cannucking" in public and they are now completely discredited and despised as part of the CIA run coup being run on the whitehouse by foreign controlled FAKENEWS colluders such as yourself.
Last edited by Danbones; Oct 15th, 2019 at 02:33 AM..
Is this a normal Kentucky gun range?
Glad I'm not a Kennedy.
Trumpites extra angry
Sleepy said you were dead Epstien.

you should go raz HIM about that.
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Guy that served up the "eat the babies" story does not like fake news.

Purveyor of fake news does not like being busted for it.
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Is this a normal Kentucky gun range?
Glad I'm not a Kennedy.

No. It's a once a year shooting party.
captain morgan
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

My heart and mind goes out to the victims of this horrific slaughter of innocent LGBTQ2S women and children climate activist minorities.

... And puppies.... 3 innocent puppies were heartlessly slaughtered
When you are a retard you get the news from the same kind of source. Try being an adult while there is still time.
Kurdish fighters put up fierce resistance Tuesday to Turkish forces battling to seize a key town in northeastern Syria, as the violence forced international aid organisations to halt their activities.
The United States slapped sanctions on its NATO ally in a bid to stop an assault that its own troop withdrawal triggered, but Ankara showed no sign of relenting.
Syria's regime dispatched more troops to the northeast to contain Ankara's advance -- their most significant deployment in the Kurdish-controlled region since they started withdrawing from the area in 2012.
It follows a deal clinched Sunday between Damascus and the Kurds that saw government troops raise the Syrian flag in the flashpoint northern city of Manbij on Tuesday, after US forces pulled out.

Clashes between the Kurdish militia and the Turkish forces have been occurring for almost a week, while at least 260 US troops have reportedly left the area. In the meantime, the Syrian military has boosted its presence in the region, recapturing the city of Manbij.

The Turkish military and allied forces continue to press ahead with "Operation Peace Spring" in northern Syria, marking the seventh day of the offensive against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and Daesh* terror group in the area.
Earlier this week, the operation faced severe pushback from the United States, the European Union, and the Arab League.
In response to the military campaign, US President Donald Trump warned he would issue sanctions against the NATO ally, while France and Germany restricted their arms sales to Ankara and convinced other member countries to consider these measures as well.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, vowed to continue the operation, aimed at securing the area near his country's border and ousting the Kurdish-led SDF, which Ankara considers to be affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed in Turkey as a terror group.
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... And puppies.... 3 innocent puppies were heartlessly slaughtered

Things a psychopath would say for $0.99cnd Alexia.
captain morgan
Take your pills... hell, take a couple handfuls
No amount of pills will help you demented fuks.
Curious Cdn
Quote: Originally Posted by NZDoug View Post

Is this a normal Kentucky gun range?
Glad I'm not a Kennedy.

...or a young black guy ...

... or a black woman in her own living room playing video games with a little kid ...
Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

... And puppies.... 3 innocent puppies were heartlessly slaughtered

THere is no such thing as an innocent puppy. Some are just guilty of more things than others.
Your kind also says that about children that are two years old and born on the wrong side of a fence erected by your kind. You and your kind posses none of these traits so how can you possibly hurt somebody who does have those traits?? You can't and your feeble attempts make you look stupid rather than me.
Integrity is one of the most character-defining attributes a person can have.
It defines who you are and what you stand up for, and whether or not you can brave through conflict and hardship while sticking to your guns.
People with integrity all share a specific set of positive character traits. These 18 shared traits include:

1) Humility
Individuals with integrity never truly understand the worth within them.
They are humble, never thinking they live up to the standards society sets for them.
They do not brag and do not show off what they have, because they are always striving to become better.

2) Goodness
Goodness is a common trait amongst those with integrity. They find joy in enriching the lives of those around them, even if it means sacrificing happiness in their own lives for a while.

3) Authenticity
There is no better identifier for integrity than authenticity. Authentic people show you their true selves; they do not live under a set of lies or any masks. They stick to what they believe in, no matter what.

4) Honesty
You canít have integrity without honesty. People with integrity do not believe they need to lie, because they take pride in the truths that surround them.
They know the life they want to lead, and that life includes one filled with honesty and truthfulness, not deception.

5) Trustworthy
A common sign of integrity is trustworthiness. You can always rely on these people to have a word as strong as stone.
Integrity prevents people from letting others down, from betraying and from lying, because they respect those around them and themselves.

6) They Give Credit
When you meet someone with true integrity, you can be certain that they will never try to steal your credit or take what you made and call it their own.
They understand the value of hard work and dedication and know the importance of giving credit where credit is due.
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7) They Value Your Time
So many people see no problem with being late, whether it comes to meetings or projects. But being late is a form of disrespect, and only those with real integrity can see that.
Instead, they stick to deadlines, schedules, and arranged set-ups, because they would never dare to waste anyoneís time.

They Donít Argue Rudely
Rudeness is becoming an unfortunate part of society, especially in the online world. We shout at each other and call each different nameís, and allow irrational emotional reactions to define the way we interact with the world.
But people with true integrity avoid these situations. They know how to disagree civilly; they even know when itís better just to walk away.

9) They Give Second Chances
Often, we see someone make a mistake, and our first impulse is to blame them, get mad at them, and call them out.
But individuals with high levels of integrity resist this impulse. Instead, they know how valuable it is to give others the benefit of the doubt.
Donít assume the worst from everyone; if you suspect someone of lying or cheating but they claim otherwise, then find it in your heart to give them that second chance.

10) They Are Emotionally Intuitive
Most people live as if they are the only important person in the world, not caring for the well-being of others, physical or emotional.
But when you have true integrity, you are more attuned with the world and those around you. You do not live in your little bubble, but allow yourself to be a part of everyone elseís.
When you notice that someone is experiencing something troubling, you do your best to assist them with their situation actively. This is true integrity.

11) Apologetic
You may not admit it, but you probably suffer from the inability to apologize.
For some of us, itís a matter of foolish pride taking precedence over rationality: even though we know it would be better to apologize, we never let ourselves say those two simple wordsóďIím sorryĒósimply because we donít want to ďloseĒ.
But true integrity can see past the vanity of losing and winning and prefers instead to create peace instead of tension. If this requires being the bigger man and apologizing first, then so be it.

12) Accountability
To a person with true integrity, nothing is more crucial than their word and their bond.
Those with true integrity use accountability as the defining element in whether they can trust another person, or even trust themselves.

13) Genuine
Nothing about an individual with integrity is dishonest, untruthful, or a white lie. They believe that being genuine is the best way to interact with others and the world around them. They would bleed for their values and the truths that define them.

14) They Apologize When Theyíve Gone Too Far
Youíll see this most often in parents who are trying to find the balance between encouraging their children and pushing them to do more.
Often, parents cross a line that leaves children feeling like they arenít good enough. When parents catch themselves going over the edge, or yelling about something that didnít require that kind of response, a person of integrity will apologize and accept responsibility for their actions.
Not only does this teach children about emotional vulnerability, but it shows them that it is okay to say you are sorry, even if it makes you seem less powerful.
These are all important lessons for everyone to learn and when you come across someone who has a great deal of integrity, you can expect them to exhibit these self-less behaviors.

15) They Ensure The Team Gets The Credit
Youíll see this most often at work: if your boss is a person or integrity, he or she will ensure that you and the rest of your team get the credit you deserve.
If your co-worker or colleague has a great deal of integrity, youíll find them giving props where they are due and ensuring that others know what role you or other workers had in the success of a project or account.
When someone has integrity, they donít need to steal the thunder or others. Itís so easy just to let the accolades roll in when you are the head of the team, but to go out of your way to ensure those that deserve recognition get it, is a real sign of integrity.

16) They Donít Name Call
Youíll come across this behavior in a bad relationship. Maybe youíve experienced it yourself. Just know that anyone who resorts to name calling as a form of communication is not a person of integrity.
If youíve done this yourself, youíll want to spend some time thinking about how you can improve that aspect of your personality. Itís not a great way to handle things, and youíve likely felt the sting of shame afterward.
In general, it is a safe bet to assume that people want to treat each other with respect, but when push comes to shove, itís all too easy to start pointing fingers and calling people mean or rude names because they broke your heart.
Itís a hard place to be in when someone is treating you like that, but know that these people Ė whoever they are to you Ė are not people of integrity.

17) They Have Patience
Youíll see this lack of control on the road with aggressive drivers who donít have the wherewithal to relax and enjoy the ride.
People who lack integrity are more likely to take their anger and issues out on those around them and what better place to do this than on the highways around the world?
Itís so easy to honk your horn aggressively and not take any responsibility for how youíre feeling in the moment.
People of integrity know better and will patiently wait for the light to turn green, the car to turn, or the construction worker to get out of the way.
Pay attention to how people treat others and that is usually a good indicator of how much integrity someone has.

1 They Apologize
Whether you are waiting for the keynote speaker to arrive or the waiter to take your drink order, if the person has integrity, theyíll be sure to apologize for being late.
Thatís because people who have a good deal of integrity know how precious time is and how important it is for people to show up on time Ė for themselves and others. Thereís no need to be rude about it or frustrated that you are running late.
If someone just says they are sorry, believe them and move on from it. That shows integrity on your part as well.
The good news is that integrity can be developed over time. It is not something that you are naturally born with, and there is a limited amount to go around.
If you want to start showing up as a better person in the world, all you have to do is try. The same goes for other people.
So if you arenít sure if someone has integrity, pay attention to how they are showing up in the world.
If they are dropping balls, hogging all the attention, taking the credit, and ignoring the fact that they showed up late, they probably donít have integrity.