MSNBC Used Fake Photo of Crowds in Florida
MSNBC has been reporting in horror about the crowds of spring breakers ignoring the dangers of the still present pandemic – the only problem is they have been using footage of spring break 2019 – from before the rise of COVID. Can you say, “Fake News?”
“Today’s center of the #COVIDIOTS universe is Miami Beach, Florida,” MSNBC analyst Fernand R. Amandi tweeted last week, complete with a photo of a packed beach. The only problem is the particular photo was not from last week, but from a 2019 Sun-Sentinel article about Miami Beach law enforcement cracking down on rowdy spring breakers, nearly a full year before the pandemic shut down the United States.
However, that did not stop MSNBC host Joy Reid from sharing the photo with her 2 million followers and wrote, “That literally looks like a microscopic image of a petri dish,” complete with sick-face emojis. Reid has a long history of, shall we say, reporting “inaccuracies” to promote the cable news outlet’s liberal agenda.
The tweet has been retweeted more than 2,500 times, with some users appearing to fall for it, but others blasted Amandi for spreading the misleading picture and called for it to be taken down.
Amandi acknowledged the mistake, although true to Twitter form when it comes to controversial or misleading posts from the left, the correction appeared to get far less attention than the original misinformation.
Amandi’s apparent “retraction,” said, “It has come to my attention that the picture in the original tweet isn’t from this week, but that does not change the fact that Miami Beach has been overrun by thousands of maskless Spring Breakers who are not abiding by the CDC pandemic guidelines as these recent photos confirm.”
According to Fox News, even after Amandi acknowledged the falsehood of the original tweet but did not delete it, another MSNBC contributor, Jason Johnson, shared the same photo again and wrote, “This is why schools won’t open again this fall.”
Liberal media members have had Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R. in their crosshairs throughout the pandemic due to his support of former President Trump and his policy of keeping the state largely open.
MSNBC was among many left-leaning outlets that panicked over the Tampa Bay-held Super Bowl last month, running dramatic headlines about it being a potential “super spreader” event. However, officials said afterward that the festivities were only linked to a few dozen cases around Florida and the rest of the country.