Accuracy in Media

CNN’s  Jake Tapper went on a tweetstorm yesterday to defend his comments about the use of the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” accusing Fox News of lying about what he said about the terror attack in New York City on Tuesday.

In response to reports that terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” after mowing down cyclists and pedestrians — killing eight and injuring 11 — Tapper said, “The Arabic chant ‘Allahu Akbar,’ God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this.”

“Allahu Akbar” is Arabic for “God is great.”

Fox News responded to Tapper’s comments by publishing a story and tweeting “Jake Tapper Says ‘Allahu Akbar’ Is ‘Beautiful’ Right After NYC Terror Attack.”

The problem with the Fox News article, as Tapper noted, is that it omitted the last half of his comments and made it appear he may have been sympathizing with Saipov, which he wasn’t.

Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who hosted The Five on Wednesday on Fox News admitted that he had jumped to conclusions about Tapper’s reported comments.

Fox News deleted the tweet, but as of this writing has not apologized to Tapper for the error.

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