Jimmy Kimmel on Friday released a video showing Vice President Mike Pence joking about carrying empty boxes of personal protective equipment into a health care facility "for the cameras." Kimmel labeled the entire ordeal as a public relations stunt.
"A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing," Kimmel said in the now-deleted tweet.
Mike Pence caught on hot mic delivering empty boxes of PPE for a PR stunt. pic.twitter.com/IduvGhiPwj— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) May 8, 2020
But the real video shows Pence made the comment after carrying actual boxes of PPE.
Twitter rightfully labeled the video as "manipulated media," which can be seen in McDermott's tweet with the highly edited video.
Kimmel issued an apology.
it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 8, 2020
But the most popcorn-worthy moment of the entire ordeal came when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough for sharing Kimmel's video.
Hmm. When you’re on the defensive for being dishonest & corrupt, perhaps best not to forward fraudulent stories from Jimmy Kimmel (that he’s admitted were false)? You are claiming to be a journalist, after all.... https://t.co/tYsgKJGxpR— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
Scarborough deleted the original tweet and also apologized to Pence.
I guess Twitter is a full time job. I apologize to Mike Pence for retweeting a tweet that had been disproved. I’m deleting now.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 8, 2020
Instead of owning up to sharing fake news, Scarborough decided to launch an attack on Cruz.
Ted, when I make a mistake I admit it. You remain mired in shame because you kowtow to a man who called your wife ugly and said your daddy assassinated JFK. Me messing up a tweet or two will never erase the shame you carry every day of your life. https://t.co/eJa4qWzqA2— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 8, 2020
But the senator gave a mic-drop worthy response, reminding Joe that he has continually hailed attacks on President Trump since he took office.
Joe, you chased after Trump for 2 years like a teenage girl throwing her panties at the latest boy band; now you pretend to be this indignant paragon of virtue outraged at everything he says & does. All to get invited to DC cocktail parties & thrill the 13 people watching MSNBC. https://t.co/XG9P0Bwrbp— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 8, 2020
Apparently Cruz's remarks really triggered Joe. He replied in a mini thread, claiming the senator sold his soul to Trump. And somehow what universities and colleges the two went to have some sort of bearing in this argument?
Ted, Trump called your wife ugly and said your dad killed JFK. The difference between you and me is the closer Trump got to power, the more I criticized him. The closer Trump got to power, the more you sold your soul to him. You even sold out your own father’s name for Trump. https://t.co/jx83IE6JQ4— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 8, 2020
You lose this fight every time.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 8, 2020
You sold your soul to Trump.
PS. I don’t do cocktail parties. I went to University of Alabama and University of Florida. You’re a Harvard and Princeton boy who spends your life around lobbyists and billionaires. You can cut out the man-of-the-people BS. Nobody believes anything you say.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 8, 2020
The unhinged, anti-Trump BS that comes out of the media's mouth is precisely why the American people can't stand them. It's why CNN and MSNBC have low ratings. It's why more Americans are doing their own research and, quite frankly, started tuning out the talking heads on major networks and no longer reading the opinions of the "highly esteemed" that are published in the New York Times and Washington Post.
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