There’s nothing more egregious than misleading video edits, and now Fox News’ intrepid reporter Bill Melugin is calling out the deceptive editing that made it seem as if he was spreading false rumors.
In fact, it was the exact opposite—he was dispelling the rumors, and the blatant deception evinced by the video edit elicited a rare public condemnation by the usually unflappable reporter. The misleading edit was shared and allegedly altered by Timothy Burke, a former reporter for Deadspin and The Daily Beast.
Burke’s six-second video was posted to Twitter and chalked up over 322,000 views in a short period of time.
Problem is, the video was edited to spread a deliberate falsehood obviously intended to incite the left-wing Twitter mob.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 24, 2022
The brief clip of Melugin has him saying: “There were rumors that were flying around that there was some sort of border patrol chase, I have not heard anything…” and then the clip cuts off.
Burke writes in his tweet: “took about two minutes to repeat an unverified rumor on-air that it was ‘some sort of border patrol chase.'”
But it turns out the full quote from Melugin’s reporting was quite different.
“We are not hearing anything about a chase,” Melugin explains in the unedited clip. “There were rumors that were flying around that this was some sort of Border Patrol chase. I have not heard anything of the sort. I have not confirmed any of that information. I have no reason to believe any of, that those rumors are credible at this moment.”
Melugin also took to Twitter to rip the video, and he didn’t hold back.
“The reason you edited it down to six seconds is because you cut out the part where I shot down these rumors entirely you absolute hack,” he said.
The reason you edited it down to six seconds is because you cut out the part where I shot down these rumors entirely you absolute hack. https://t.co/NsMaGv1Wbu
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 25, 2022
Good for you, Bill. Meanwhile, Melugin’s tweet racked up over 11,000 likes and 2,166 retweets in short order—as opposed to the mere 475 likes Burke’s original tweet garnered.
There was some speculation in the early hours after the shooting that the suspect may have been an illegal alien, given Uvalde’s proximity to the border and the notable presence of Border Patrol agents at the scene. Afterward, it was determined that the shooter was 18-year-old local resident Salvador Ramos, and the DHS confirmed that the Border Patrol agents had responded to a request for help from local law enforcement agents.
“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives,” DHS assistant secretary of public affairs Marsha Espinosa said in a statement.
Espinosa also explained that a Border Patrol agent was wounded after exchanging gunfire with the shooter.
At least one Border Patrol Agent was wounded by the shooter during the exchange of gunfire. On-and-off duty Border Patrol Agents arrived on the scene to assist with transferring students safely to their families and providing medical support.
— Marsha (Catron) Espinosa (@MCatronDHS) May 25, 2022
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