Read time: 2 minutes

Right-Wing Liars Promote Debunked Taliban Helicopter 'Hanging'

The right-wing fever swamps are being filled with insane conspiracies, which Fox News and Ted Cruz are only too happy to promote.
Views:

As I wrote earlier, The "Breitbarting" of President Biden is off and running!

The newest phony outrage with that the Taliban were flying helicopter and hanging an Afghan interpreter by his neck.

Right-winger politicians, in the media and online, immediately jumped on it, but as usual it was another fraud.

Around the 43rd minute of Hannity's Tuesday night broadcast he played video of the alleged incident using the New York Post as his trusted source, showing the person hanging down from the helicopter blurred out.

Hannity gave a viewer warning about the video that he was about to show.

"According to the New York post there is a disturbing video showing a man hanging from a Black Hawk helicopter," Hannity said.

Hannity admitted Fox News hadn't verified it yet, but that didn't stop him from airing it and flipping out.

Hours before, this whole incident was debunked by VICE News: No, the Taliban Did Not Just Hang an Interpreter From a US Helicopter

Also. CNN's Daniel Dale.

Sen. Ted Cruz was forced to delete this earlier tweet (h/t mediaite)

But why would a US Senator not verify a possible horrific act before sending it to his thousands of followers? It's rank and disgusting partisan politics by Cancun Cruz.


Media Matters writes
, "The fact check from Alt News, cited by Dale, quoted a source from Afghan news agency Aśvaka who said that “the person was controlled and hanging from the helicopter to fix the flag at the governor’s building in Kandahar.”

And then there is the idiot son.

This is the tip of the iceberg of misinformation, lies, doctored videos and conspiracy theories that we will see moving forward. This time, they aren't being created by Russian bots like they were in 2016, but supposed credible right-wing news sources.

Can you help us out?

For 17 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit, but now Facebook is drowning us in an ocean of right wing lies. Please give a one-time or recurring donation, or buy a year's subscription for an ad-free experience. Thank you.

More C&L Coverage

Discussion

New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team