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Jake Tapper Slams ‘Sick’ And ‘Disgusting’ Fox News Report Smearing Him As A Terrorist Sympathizer

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Jake Tapper Slams ‘Sick’ And ‘Disgusting’ Fox News Report Smearing Him As A Terrorist Sympathizer

CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Wednesday ripped into Fox News for taking his comments about this week’s deadly terrorist attack in New York City completely out of context.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tapper addressed reports that the suspect shouted “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” upon exiting his vehicle.

“The Arabic chant ‘Allahu akbar,’ God is great, sometimes is said under the most beautiful of circumstances. And too often, we hear it being said in moments like this,” Tapper said.

Fox News published a misleading article with the headline “CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Can Be Said Under ‘Most Beautiful’ of Circumstances” on Wednesday.

The headline deliberately left out the second half of Tapper’s quote, which distinguished Tuesday’s attack from the “beautiful” circumstances he alluded to and is preceded by a tag saying “OUTRAGEOUS”.

On Wednesday, Fox News promoted the article with a tweet that further distorted the quote: “Jake Tapper Says ‘Allahu Akbar’ Is ‘Beautiful’ Right After NYC Terror Attack.”

Tapper fired back at Fox News’ intentional smear.

“Fox News is lying,” Tapper said in a tweet. “I said it can be said at beautiful moments (wedding, birth) and too often at times like this (horrific terrorist attack).

“‘Allahu Akbar’ is a prayer. If we don’t understand how radical Islamic terrorists justify their evil using religion, West cannot defeat it.”

“@FoxNews chooses instead to deliberately lie about what I said. Following the slime-coated path of @DailyCaller and @infowars. Disgusting,” Tapper continued, alluding to two right-wing websites. “And yes, I know they do this all the time. Still, literally the day after this horrific attack that they would launch this smear — it’s sick.”

He added: “There was a time when one could tell the difference between Fox and the nutjobs at Infowars. It’s getting tougher and tougher. Lies are lies.”

The misquote was immediately exploited by Fox News host Sean Hannity who despite replaying the clip in full on his show, continued to assert Tapper had said something wrong.

Hannity said: “Now shortly after the horrific incident you have liberal fake news, CNN’s fake news Jake Tapper – well he described the phrase shouted by the terrorist, ‘Alluha Akbar’, well he said that’s sometimes something can be said in ‘beautiful circumstances’.

Tapper responded to Hannity’s attack on Twitter:

Sebastian Gorka, the former deputy assistant to President Trump who was “pushed out” of the White House in August, also pushed the Tapper smear.

Gorka said: “I’m still trying to struggle with, what kind of mind goes on live television as seven bodies are on the streets of Manhattan and a chiiiilld, and then talks about the ‘beautiful phrase Alluha Akbar’ – where does that motivation come from for Jake Tapper.

“The desperation of trying to explain they did this to America because of animus to our foreign policy – I’ve got a newsflash… you know why what happened yesterday happened? Because they het who we are and what we stand for.

“We are the pinnacle of Judeo-Christian civilization, we believe in the dignity of the individual, we believe in liberty and democracy – that is why they are coming here to kill us.”

Tapper responded:


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