Accuracy in Media

MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough apologized to Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after engaging in a heated Twitter feud, admitting that he was wrong to retweet a video produced by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and that he felt even worse that he allowed himself to be provoked.

“About last night: I gotta work on some things myself. I feel really bad about retweeting the Jimmy Kimmel video. I feel worse about being provoked. I apologize again to Mike Pence, to my Twitter followers, and to Ted. I’ve got to do better.”

The Kimmel video showed Pence carrying boxes of protective gear to a Virginia hospital. After Pence was told the remaining boxes in the van were empty he jokes to staffers about whether he could carry them “just for the camera.” Pence then closes the van doors without carrying any empty boxes.  He only delivered full boxes but the video was edited to suggest otherwise.

Scarborough’s tweet caught the eye of Cruz and the two engaged in a war of words via Twitter with the MSNBC anchor accusing the Senator of selling his soul to Trump and by doing so he loses every time.

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler said the video falls under the “deceptive editing-omission” guideline and that Kimmel avoided a Four Pinocchio rating because he deleted the tweet and apologized.

Apparently, the sincerity of the apology is irrelevant in this case.


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