Disney-owned ABC News has acknowledged that a video it aired claiming to show a Turkish attack against Kurds in northern Syria was in fact old footage from a 2017 gun show in Kentucky.
The clip aired on ABC’s World News Tonight on Sunday and on Monday’s Good Morning America.
‘This video, right here, appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurd civilians in a Syrian border town,’ ABC World News Tonight anchor Tom Llamas said on Sunday’s broadcast.
The clip, which had the chyron ‘SLAUGHTER IN SYRIA’ in the foreground, shows massive explosions and balls of fire light up the night sky as bullet traces whiz by.
An ABC News segment from Sunday's World News Tonight broadcast included a video that the network now acknowledges was not footage from northern Syria as it claimed. Tom Llamas, the ABC News moderator, is seen on the Sunday broadcast
During Sunday's broadcast, ABC News showed footage it claimed was of Turkey's military offensive against Kurds in northern Syria
A side-by-side comparison showed that the video aired by ABC News was not from Syria but was a 2017 clip from a weapons exhibition in Kentucky
The network acknowledged the error in a statement posted to social media on Monday
ABC claimed that the footage was shot on Friday in northern Syria.
But the news site Gizmodo found that the video is actually from a military gun exhibition that took place in Kentucky in 2017.
The original video was posted to YouTube under the heading Knob Creek night shoot 2017.
It refers to the Military Gun Shoot & Military Gun Show, a biannual event held at Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.
For a fee, the public can watch weapons fired at night at the event, which is held in April and October.
A side-by-side view of both ABC’s video and the original 2017 video shows that the footage is identical.
ABC News apparently used an edited version of the Kentucky footage, which includes shots of the audience using cell phones to record the weapons show.
‘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. ABC News regrets the error,’ the network said in a statement.
ABC’s error has already given fodder to conservative critics of the