There’s something magical that is in the air when October comes around every year, pumpkin spice lattes, cooler temperatures, and the Machine Gun Shoot at Knob Creek Gun Range in Kentucky. If you’ve never been, as a gun enthusiast I highly recommend you make this rite of passage. It’s a weekend full of being surrounded by full auto firing, and wearing hearing protection is required. One of the big events is on Saturday night that can only be described as an orchestrated war zone. They have barrels of gasoline that take rounds of tracer fed ammo from helicopters, that yields giant fireballs that reach above the trees. It’s an experience that stays with you in a safe and controlled environment.
Then ABC World News Tonight and Good Morning America is looking for coverage an actual war zone, and apparently they were running short, so they ran with video coverage from the 2017 Machine Gun Shoot instead. You can see here from the pictures the difference between an actual war zone and the Knob Creek event that is held twice a year.
Fans of Knob Creek Gun Range who frequent the event took to social media to let the world know ABC News was passing off fake footage. In the screenshot above, you can see what looks like similar fireballs, well folks the reason they look similar is because they are the same fireballs.
Shortly after the call out by those on social media, ABC retracted the video, and released this statement on Twitter:
“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.”
“Good Morning America” also tweeted out a correction on Monday that was identical to the one released by “World News Tonight.”
Facebook users created a meme to mark the situation, poking fun at Facebook’s feature to mark yourself safe after an event.
When will the news stop trying to be so dramatic, and filled with false tales?