Empty Claims

Perhaps you saw Jimmy Kimmel making fun of VP Mike Pence delivering masks and things to an elderly people.
While Kimmel might have bathed in the fun of conservative mockery, he later had to apologize about it. Note the apology’s impact never matches the initial charge.

Washington Examiner sets the whole boxing match straight:

A deceptively edited video of Vice President Mike Pence is making the rounds, so it’s time for a fact check: No, the vice president did not deliver empty boxes of personal protective equipment to a Virginia healthcare center on Thursday.

Any claim to the contrary is fake news spread by people unwilling to do a little research. That includes Jimmy Kimmel, who, during his show on Thursday, played a 40-second video clip purportedly showing Pence, who had a hot mic on, grabbing a couple of boxes only to be told that they were empty. “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” Pence replies.

And then the clip, which has garnered millions of views, ends there.

Mike Pence caught on hot mic delivering empty boxes of PPE for a PR stunt. pic.twitter.com/IduvGhiPwj
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020

“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing,” Kimmel said while narrating the clip. “A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.”

What Kimmel didn’t show is Pence putting the boxes down, shutting the door of the vehicle, and joking with one of his aides about how the empty boxes would have been “a lot easier” to carry.

Jimmy Kimmel is lying.

Watch the unedited clip.pic.twitter.com/HyV8iBiljS https://t.co/hU8RiddYcZ
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) May 8, 2020

Kimmel was ultimately forced to acknowledge his mistake. His apology naturally included a not-so-subtle jab at the Trump administration. Alas, what more can we expect from people whose instinctual anti-Trump mindset leads them to actively create and spread fake news?

it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2020

There are others, however, who have not retracted the edited clip. One of them being Matt McDermott, a Virginia-based pollster and Democratic strategist, who tried to frame his correction as “additional context.”

Additional context to @jimmykimmel segment. With 75,000 Americans dead, Pence is joking about about empty boxes of PPE during a publicity stunt, after the White House press secretary said they had no time for “publicity stunts” in the middle of a crisis. https://t.co/hFeSp83lJs
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020

Of course, the “additional context” in this case completely undermines the legitimacy of the edited clip and subsequent interpretations of it.

McDermott should have followed Kimmel’s example and deleted the clip. But he won’t, because oftentimes the people who rail against fake news are the very same people who have no trouble spreading it if it serves their agenda.

So much for honesty.

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