Yes, it’s a turkey shoot, but it isn’t Turkey that’s doing the shooting.
On Sunday, ABC News anchor Tom Llamas also aired the allegedly shocking footage, claiming it showed a fierce Turkish attack on Kurdish civilians.
“The situation rapidly spiraling out of control in northern Syria. One week since President Trump ordered U.S. forces out of that region, effectively abandoning America’s allies in the fight against [the Islamic State].”
Llamas then described the video as it aired on-screen.
“This video right here appearing to show Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town. The Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS. Now, horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies.”
Similar footage from the Knob Creek Gun Range’s biannual 2017 machine gun shoot came to light on Monday after ABC News’s broadcast. The original footage showed tracer rounds being fired by automatic weapons amid explosions, as a group of people filmed the tracer rounds on their cell phones.
And here’s the correction that ABC news thought solved it’s “mistake” of leading with the shooting and the bleeding when the bleeding was ten thousand kilometers from the shooting.
“CORRECTION: 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,” the network tweeted. “ABC News regrets the error.”
The Knob Creek Gun Range in the town of West Point, Kentucky, hosts a twice-yearly event called the “Military Gun Shoot & Military Gun Show.” If only those tracer rounds reached to the ABC studios. Maybe next year.