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Smear campaign of ABC News against Turkey exposed

Main stream media in US deliberately misleads its audience by using unrelated false videos to attack Turkey's image

Vakkas Dogantekin and Beyza Binnur Donmez   | 14.10.2019
Smear campaign of ABC News against Turkey exposed


U.S. news channel ABC has been busted after it shared a scandalous shooting video over the weekend and told its viewers that it is the footage of Turkey bombing the "Kurds" in Syria.

"This video right here appearing to show Turkey's military bombing Kurd civilians in a Syrian border town. The Kurds, who fought alongside the US against ISIS now horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies" -ABC News said, deliberately lying to Americans who try to learn what is going on in the world.

However, the video at stake was from a Knob Creek Machine Gun shoot in the U.S., which was shot in the U.S. state of Kentucky back in April 2016 and loaded to Youtube in 2017.

"WOW! @ABCNews Uses 2017 Gun Range Video and Lies to Pass It Off as Turkey Bombing the Kurds in Syria (VIDEO)," said American journalist Jim Hoft on Twitter. 

In the original video, one could actually see the onlookers with their cell phones.

People slammed ABC's deliberate false reporting and taking Americans for a fool.

Most of the commentators said ABC is doing it to hurt U.S. President Donald Trump who has refused to give up on NATO ally Turkey over terror group PKK/YPG.

Trump last week blamed his predecessor Barack Obama for cutting a deal with terrorist PKK in 2014 at the expense of a NATO ally. 

The Republican president has long branded ABC, CNN, Washington Post, New York Times and many others as Fake News which intentionally feed Americans with inaccurate stories. 

"It's offical folks, ABC News is just like China and Russia media, showing FAKE News to the people who do not know any better," said one of the comments under the story published by Hoft at www.gatewaypundit.com 

Another American said "ABC = Always Broadcasting Crap."

After receiving harsh criticisms, ABC published Monday a correction through its World News Tonight account.

"We’ve taken down video that aired on 'World News Tonight' Sunday and 'Good Morning America' this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy," it said.

"ABC News regrets the error," the news channel added.

Turkey on Wednesday launched Operation Peace Spring east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria to secure its borders by eliminating terrorist elements and to ensure the safe return of Syrian refugees and Syria’s territorial integrity.

Ankara wants to eliminate terrorist elements from the PKK and its Syrian offshoot, the PYD/YPG.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

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