Fox News Taken By Fake Navy SEAL

Frederick Owens
October 21, 2017

On October 8 the Fox show America's News HQ aired a segment about John Garofalo, a glass artist who carved a giant presidential seal as a gift for President Donald Trump. Even after reporting their guest had lied about his past, Fox News failed to correct their guest's claims, prompting Shipley to talk to Military Times. On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story after being told the Trump supporter never served in the SEALs or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service.

Fox News is having to retract a story this week after it was taken by a U.S. Navy veteran claiming to have served as a member of Navy SEAL. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts and about two dozen other medals for his service. "I have hope for him and I have hope for the country".

"God bless John Garofalo", an anchor said. "We certainly hope the president is listening". Both these SEALs and family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about the story, according to the Navy Times. "Did not served (sic) with a unit/vessel awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, or any unit citations", the record stated. What is noteworthy and hilarious, though, is Fox News eagerly lapping up this story without doing an ounce of competent fact-checking, gleefully running with it on national television, and then ignoring eagle-eyed viewers who offered prompt evidence that Garofalo was lying.

Fox News said it would run an on-air correction on Sunday, according to The Washington Post.

The SEAL says that the network's failure to withdraw Garofalo's story drove him "nutty". It also makes you wonder what else FOX News is getting totally wrong, or at the least misconstruing on goal.

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Ziezulewicz found that Garofalo had requested a record of his own military awards and decorations in 1993, and the only thing on it was a National Defense medal.

"What I did I'm ashamed of, and I didn't mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs", Mr. Garofalo told the Navy Times. Although he did serve four years in the United States Navy, it was in aircraft handling, a position that involves "overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft".

The military newspaper Navy Times first revealed Garofalo's deception. As Ziezulewicz puts it: "The closest [Garofalo] ever got to Vietnam was a tour in Rota, Spain".

It is true that Garafalo is a glass artist and a veteran.

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