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Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL and glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump. 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.

In the segment, John Garofalo, 72, a resident of New York state, said he served in the Vietnam War with a U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts and about two dozen other medals for his service.

The man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both these SEALs and family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about the story, according to the Navy Times.

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told the Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, the day after the story ran.

But the story was still on the news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By then it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox published a correction on Thursday.

“All of Garofalo’s claims turned out to be untrue,” Fox’s correction stated. “The fact is that he did not serve in Vietnam. He was never a U.S. Navy SEAL. Even though he showed us medals, Garofalo was not awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other nearly two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal.”

A Fox spokesman told the Navy Times it would run an on-air correction on Sunday.

“Fox News not withdrawing that story has drove me nutty,” Don Shipley, a retired SEAL who tracks down and exposes bogus military service claims and was the first to obtain official records disputing Garofalo’s story, told the Navy Times.

In the retracted segment, Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas repeatedly praised Garofalo for his service.

“Garofalo is used to working under pressure,” Llenas said. “The Vietnam War veteran served seven years as a member of the nation’s first Navy SEAL team. He was awarded 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts.”

“You are a hero,” Llenas told him.

“God bless John Garofalo,” another anchor said. “We certainly hope maybe the president is listening.”

Shipley said he reached out to Llenas via Facebook, telling him that Garofalo was not a Vietnam War veteran.

“You can turn this story around,” he told Llenas, according to the Navy Times.

In its correction, Fox News said, “Over the last two weeks, we’ve worked with Garofalo’s family and the National Personnel Records Center to get to the bottom of a military past that Garofalo had claimed to be covert.”
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So is it time to start insisting people get fired from Fox News?
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Fox is so anxious to get positive stories on the air I don't think they vet the "Fox News Contributors" nearly enough. But I imagine it happens to all of them. The thing about Fox is so many right wingers believe it is the Gospel.
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So is it time to start insisting people get fired from Fox News?
Yes. I recommend you lead the charge.
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Fox is so anxious to get positive stories on the air I don't think they vet the "Fox News Contributors" nearly enough. But I imagine it happens to all of them. The thing about Fox is so many right wingers believe it is the Gospel.


And I'll bet not a single swinging dumbass from the left believed the story, eh?
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A news network accidentally aired something that was incorrect and immediately corrected the story. Wow, that's never happened to another news network before....

Hell, MSNBC knowingly lies every ten-and-a-half seconds and never corrects their bias bs.
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It is just the disciples believe so unconditionally. They truly have faith in the Fox. Up to and including the POTUS.
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It is just the disciples believe so unconditionally. They truly have faith in the Fox. Up to and including the POTUS.
You have evidence of so-called disciples up to and including the POTUS who unconditionally believe in FNC? Nope, it's just another blowhard opinion with nothing behind it.
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A news network accidentally aired something that was incorrect and immediately corrected the story. Wow, that's never happened to another news network before....

Hell, MSNBC knowingly lies every ten-and-a-half seconds and never corrects their bias bs.
Indeed, the NYT, America's newspaper of record, published a vicious, false editorial blaming Sarah Palin for the attempted mass assassination of Republicans Congressmen by a Bernie Bro. Palin sued for defamation. A Manhattan judge threw the case out declaring essentially a robust first amendment must accommodate mistakes.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usa...ory/613783001/

Conveniently the NYT editorial board refused to apologize for its hate driven opinion. Naturally it is just an isolated incidence of well meaning people who got carried away. But FNC not vetting a person they interviewed well heads must roll, it's an indictment of the entire network.
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1) Fox News does have some culpability in that Garafalo was not totally vetted..."He showed some medals", which gave Fox news the idea that he was truthful, but more should've been done...

All news outlets have been bitten by this...There should be an industry-wide standard vetting procedure...Somebody could make some nice coin if they became the "official vetters" of news outlets...

2) Stolen Valor, although the Supreme Court ruled is not illegal, is still incredibly unethical and Garafalo is total scum...

3) If all of Fox News is culpable for this one instance, then all of the Democrat Party is culpable for having Senator Richard Blumenthal in their party...He also lied about going to Vietnam...

Veterans on Blumenthal: It's about 'stolen valor'

If Fox News said "This guy is a liar on his military service but we'll keep him as part of our family anyway.", they'd be doing exactly what the Democrat Party is doing with Blumenthal...
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A news network accidentally aired something that was incorrect and immediately corrected the story. Wow, that's never happened to another news network before....
It's funny how the right can admit this reality when it's their boy Fox under the gun...

But I expect it will be quickly forgotten when it's a different news network, won't it...
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