A YouTube user with a history of creating hoaxes filmed himself getting removed from a plane for speaking Arabic. CNN’s Brian Stelter, one of the leading voices in the “fake news” narrative of the left, started promoting the story on Twitter before anything was verified. Perhaps because this type of story fits the liberal world view.
Stelter got called out for it though. Mediaite reports:
Did CNN’s Brian Stelter Help Make the Unsubstantiated Delta Video Go Viral By Retweeting It?
Earlier today, a video of riders getting kicked off of a Delta airplane for supposedly speaking Arabic went viral, having racked up nearly 400,000 retweets by time of this publication. However, it was soon realized that the man behind the video has a history of faking anti-Muslim incidents. Also, it appears that many of the passengers on the plane are disputing his story about speaking Arabic on a phone call.
Well, while the video was making the rounds early this morning, CNN’s senior media correspondent Brian Stelter retweeted it, noting that it has already been retwweted 75,000 times and was “gaining fast.”
75,000 retweets of this video in under 2 hours, and gaining fast https://t.co/AYpfBhTrEY
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 21, 2016
Stelter has over 400,000 followers and his tweet alone was reshared and liked hundreds of times, while also giving the clip tons of exposure due to his own high profile.
After the fact, former Mediaite columnist Joe Concha called out Stelter for sharing the video.
I'm not sure it's responsible to promote an unsubstantiated story with many Qs that may/may not be false regardless of motive for doing so. https://t.co/npeVjcQsNa
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 21, 2016
Keep this in mind the next time anyone at CNN talks about fake news.