Is this what happens when your Corporate Overlords are too cheap to put journalist boots on the ground? ABC News broadcast a report Sunday that purportedly showed Turkish forces bombing the Syrian town of Tal Abyad.
ABC correspondent Ian Pannell delivers a grave voiceover as he intones, "This video, obtained by ABC News, appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town of Tal Abyad two nights ago."
Wow, good job, ABC guy, right? Except the video apparently shows a 2017 machine-gun shoot at the Knob Creek Gun Range in Kentucky.
ABC has not really explained how it "obtained" this footage and issued a dry, detail-free apology.
"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. ABC News regrets the error," the network said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
Questions about its accuracy? Seriously? Either it's Kentucky video or it's not. This statement leaves open the possibility that Pannell wasn't wrong in the first place, a position that seems rather indefensible at this point. The news from Syria seems grim, and juicing it up with random videos you found online doesn't exactly inspire confidence from your viewers.