CNN Analyst Tweets Fake News About Trump Getting Booed During 'Celebration of America'
American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan, who is also a CNN political analyst, embarrassed herself on Twitter today, falsely tweeting that President Trump was "heckled and booed" during a White House event.
The president on Tuesday replaced the Philadelphia Eagles' planned visit to the White House with a "Celebration of America" event featuring the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army Chorus.
After they performed “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the president stepped up to the podium to deliver some remarks.
In a now-deleted tweet, Ryan said:
Breaking: Reporters on the South Lawn have confirmed the @realDonaldTrump was heckled and booed when he came out to celebrate America.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) June 5, 2018
But nothing of the sort had been "confirmed." In her rush to report something that would reflect badly on Trump, Ryan had stepped on a fake news rake.
What the videotape makes absolutely clear is that, yes, Trump was indeed heckled by some lefty nutjob at the event, but the patriotic crowd had booed the heckler.
"Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem!" the heckler bellowed, while surprised members of the audience looked around and lustily booed.
"Thank you very much, everybody," Trump said. "Appreciate it."
You can hear the incident in question more clearly here.
The notoriously anti-Trump CNN reporter went on to tweet out some corrections after her first tweet got thousands of likes and retweets, but as is usually the case with fake news tweets, her corrections only received a tiny fraction of the attention the original, inaccurate tweet got.
Just last week she shared a story from The Root that suggested Trump was running a child sex-trafficking ring. Last Thanksgiving Ryan accused press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of posting a fake picture of a chocolate pecan pie that she claimed to have made herself.
Back in December, Ryan spread a fake news story about former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman getting fired and escorted out of the White House.
The Secret Service debunked the story:
This story has been corrected to reflect Ryan's network affiliation