NY Post, Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw Fall for Fake Taliban Hanging Story

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  15 comments

By:   Tommy Christopher (Mediaite)

NY Post, Ted Cruz, Dan Crenshaw Fall for Fake Taliban Hanging Story
GOP lawmakers Ted Cruz and Dan Crenshaw were among those fooled by a fake story that claimed the Taliban executed someone by hanging — from a Black Hawk helicopter which then flew the corpse over the city of Kandahar. It all started with a viral video that did, in fact, feature a man hanging below […]

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GOP lawmakers Ted Cruz and Dan Crenshaw were among those fooled by a fake story that claimed the Taliban executed someone by hanging — from a Black Hawk helicopter which then flew the corpse over the city of Kandahar.

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It all started with a viral video that did, in fact, feature a man hanging below a Taliban-operated Black Hawk helicopter, which was sent by a now-suspended account. The caption for that video made no mention of an execution, but simply said "Our Air Force! At this time, the Islamic Emirate's air force helicopters are flying over Kandahar city and patrolling the city."

That video was then tweeted out by others, who filled in their own version of what was happening in the clip.


Taliban hanging someone from a helicopter in Kandahar pic.twitter.com/TwCkVzUrnL
— Old Holborn® (@Holbornlolz) August 30, 2021


If this is what it looks like… the Taliban hanging somebody from an American Blackhawk… I could vomit. Joe Biden is responsible.

pic.twitter.com/muHLEi3UvK

— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 30, 2021

Cruz retweeted the falsely-captioned video, and wrote "This horrifying image encapsulates Joe Biden's Afghanistan catastrophe: The Taliban hanging a man from an American Blackhawk helicopter."

Then, after some line breaks for poignancy, he added "Tragic. Unimaginable."

Crenshaw retweeted the same video and wrote "In what f***ing world was it a good idea to just hand over a country to these people," because it would be offensive to write "fucking" in the caption of a snuff video.


In what f***ing world was it a good idea to just hand over a country to these people. https://t.co/fyO2fnxmfz
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) August 30, 2021

The New York Post was only slightly less credulous than Crenshaw and Cruz, posting the story with the suggestive headline "Shocking video shows man hanging below Black Hawk flown by Taliban," and only noting in the body of the story that "it is not immediately clear exactly how he is attached or if he is alive."

Aside from the fact that even in this video, it's obvious the man isn't being hung from the neck, the story fell apart even more completely when another video of the same scene clearly showed the man waving to people on the ground below, and freelance journalist Bilal Sarwary provided excruciatingly damaging detail.

"Afghan pilot flying this is someone I have known over the years. He was trained in the US and UAE, he confirmed to me that he flew the Blackhawk helicopter. Taliban fighter seen here was trying to install Taliban flag from air but it didn't work in the end," Sarwary wrote.


Afghan pilot flying this is someone I have known over the years. He was trained in the US and UAE, he confirmed to me that he flew the Blackhawk helicopter. Taliban fighter seen here was trying to install Taliban flag from air but it didn't work in the end. https://t.co/wnF8ep1zEl
— BILAL SARWARY (@bsarwary) August 31, 2021


A viral video claiming to show a man being brutally hanged from a helicopter in Kandahar was likely an attempt to fix a flag over a public building, not a hanging. A separate video of the incident shows the man is clearly alive and waving in the air. pic.twitter.com/x6T5iDhpc9
— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) August 31, 2021

Cruz eventually deleted his tweet and replaced it with a quasi-corrected one, but as of this writing, Crenshaw has not.

Watch the clips above via Twitter.

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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Right wing media on the march !

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

A member here wasted no time on Monday propagating this crap here.  NT is the first place I saw it since no reputable source was reporting it.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @1.1    2 weeks ago

Many of them will still believe someone was hung from the copter even though the story has been debunked. The truth barely fazes some of these people. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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1.1.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

There’s a dead giveaway that this was not a hanging.  The Taliban would have cut the rope at about 200’ off the ground.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2  Hallux  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Even the company that first reported the video included a warning that they had no idea if it was true, the wingnuts got trolled and they bit hard. It will take months to dissuade even one of them, the lie has had wings for several days and has fluttered to the far reaches of the Webosphere.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Hallux @1.2    2 weeks ago
It will take months to dissuade even one of them, the lie has had wings for several days and has fluttered to the far reaches of the Webosphere.

You are right.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2.2  Hallux  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

Gossip has an infinite number of members each wanting to be the first super-spreader to inform their super-spreader clans. Pandora is most envious.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3  Tessylo  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

Someone must have watched Scarface recently.  

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

Knee jerk shock and outrage!  Rumor has it that when Ted Cruz saw another video of an Afghan combing his daughter’s hair he immediately recognized the Taliban in the middle of beheading a child.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago

I love it when Ted Cruz and his cronies end looking like fools

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 weeks ago

Generally, they start out looking like fools, too.

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  Kavika     2 weeks ago

Cancun Ted exposes himself once again. LOL

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

Don Jr. is getting in on the act.

www.mediaite.com   /online/don-jr-changes-twitter-image-to-mock-biden-over-false-taliban-hanging-story/

Don Jr. Changes Twitter Image to Mock Biden Over False Taliban Hanging Story

By Jackson RichmanSep 1st, 2021, 1:33 pm 1-1 minutes   9/1/2021


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Donald Trump Jr . changed his Twitter banner to mock President   Joe Biden   over a false story of the Taliban hanging someone from a helicopter.

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The picture shows the insignia from Biden’s presidential campaign, but with the third stripe of the red “E” depicted a red helicopter and someone hanging from a rope.

The image is a reference to a video that has been circulating on social media claiming to show the Taliban, which now controls Afghanistan, hanging someone from a Black Hawk helicopter over the Afghan city of Kandahar.

This story is false and has been   debunked .

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Hal A. Lujah
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5.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  JohnRussell @5    2 weeks ago

A separate video of the incident shows the man is clearly alive and waving in the air.

original

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1    2 weeks ago

Good one !

 
 
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