Fox News tweeted a lie by twisting CNN's Jake Tapper's words around in a tweet he posted in the wake of New York City's recent terrorist attack.
The Huffington Post managed to acquire a screenshot of Fox News's tweet deriding Tapper. The CNN journalist commented on the phrase 'Allahu Akbar' - the Arabic phrase for "God is great," proclaimed by terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov, the Uber driver responsible for plowing into cyclists and pedestrians in New York City on Tuesday.
Fox's tweet reporting on Jake Tapper's story has been taken down.
Refusing to let sleeping dogs lie, Tapper went after Fox News for taking his tweet out of context to report a lie.
On Tuesday's airing of his show The Lead, Tapper said, “The Arabic chant 'Allahu Akbar,' God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this.”
But after Fox intentionally omitted to mention the second half of Tapper's statement, he took to Twitter to set the record straight, saying, "Fox News is lying. I said it can be said at beautiful moments (wedding, birth) and too often at times like this (horrific terrorist attack)."
He followed up with the correction, adding, “Allahu Akbar” is a prayer; if we don’t understand how radical Islamic terrorists justify their evil using religion, West cannot defeat it."
.@FoxNews chooses instead to deliberately lie about what I said. Following the slime-coated path of @DailyCaller and @infowars. Disgusting.— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1509580657.0
And while the sour reputation of Fox isn't breaking news, Tapper admonished the network for their ill-advised tweet in the aftermath of a horrific incident.
"And yes, I know they do this all the time. Still, literally the day after this horrific attack that they would launch this smear — it’s sick," he tweeted.
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who guest-hosted "The Five" on Wednesday apologized to Tapper for the criticism, and tweeted to his followers, "In retrospect I don't think I gave @jaketapper a fair shake tonight. My bad."
Meanwhile, Sean Hannity lacked any conscience. He urged Tapper to tell the audience the truth and maintained that Tapper's constant criticism of Fox News landed himself in low ratings. Hannity referred to Tapper as "liberal fake news CNN’s fake Jake Tapper," during his 10 p.m. news program.
Tapper responded by calling out Hannity's hypocrisy, referring to unsubstantiated claims surrounding the ongoing investigation into the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich in May 2017.
Hannity lying now. The @FoxNews tweet I was referring to has been deleted because it was false. https://t.co/WPQtgzNGuU— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1509586785.0
Hannity, of course, smeared the late Seth Rich while his parents were still in mourning, so why wouldn't he lie about this?— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1509586854.0
And Tapper has full support on Twitter.
@jaketapper @FoxNews @DailyCaller @infowars tactics are familiar to me. I hope you can take comfort from the fact t… https://t.co/FcaUVypyCq— Louise Mensch (@Louise Mensch) 1509592114.0
@LouiseMensch @jaketapper @FoxNews @DailyCaller @infowars @seanhannity I would love love to see the FBI arrest… https://t.co/BGbaHRvl3z— SoundAddict (@SoundAddict) 1509592472.0
@jaketapper Hang in there Jake. You are a real journalist with real intentions. You report with so much integrity. Fox, not so much.— Kim Nameth (@Kim Nameth) 1509587128.0
@jaketapper @FoxNews @DailyCaller @infowars Jake, you are clearly an empathetic person. Like they do with terms lik… https://t.co/DwqyXvNgEw— Melissa Jo Peltier (@Melissa Jo Peltier) 1509593742.0
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H/T - huffingtonpost, thehill, twitter