Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for posting manipulated video of Pence pushing 'empty boxes'

May 8, 2020 / 2.1K views

Jimmy Kimmel was caught up in pushing fake news this week when he shared a manipulated video of Vice President Mike Pence pushing allegedly empty boxes of PPE in what was called a publicity stunt.

Twitter marked the video as manipulated, but by then, left wing journos and pundits had already pushed Kimmel's post around as though it was legit.

What really happened is that Mike Pence was asking about carrying empty boxes for the filming. Maybe because it's easier.

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Jimmy Kimmel ended up deleting his first post and then posted his apology, saying "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."

It isn't so much an apology, but more like a back-handed comment.

Twitter also posted this statement about the video:

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Pence ‘delivering empty boxes of PPE’ video is edited, C-SPAN footage shows

A video clip from ABC's late-night comedy program Jimmy Kimmel Live! claiming to show the vice president delivering empty boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) to a healthcare center in Virginia is selectively edited, according to multiple reporters citing original C-SPAN footage.

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– On Thursday Pence appeared at a healthcare center in Alexandria, Virginia, to deliver boxes of PPE – A video clip from Jimmy Kimmel's late-night ABC program purporting to show the vice president carrying empty boxes for a photo op circulated early Friday – This video clip is misleading and selectively edited, according to multiple journalists. Footage provided by C-SPAN reveals that the VP had carried full boxes into the facility before joking with staffers about the empty ones

The original clip is about 9 minutes long and viewers can tell that Mike Pence is joking. Not only that, but the manipulated video is cut off at a certain point in attempt to give it a new context.

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