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03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Wolf Blitzer Tries To Trick Viewers With Spliced Video Of McCain's Al Qaeda-Iran Gaffe

Media Matters Summary:

Discussing Sen. John McCain's false claim that Iranian operatives are "taking Al Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back," CNN's Wolf Blitzer falsely asserted that McCain "quickly corrected [it] after some prodding from his Senate colleague, Joe Lieberman." Blitzer then aired a spliced video of McCain's misstatement immediately followed by his "correct[ion]."

In fact, as The Washington Post reported, it was later in the press conference when McCain was "[p]ressed to elaborate" on his claim and after he reiterated that "Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran," that Lieberman "stepped forward and whispered" in his ear. McCain then corrected himself.

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The following day, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd said that the media is giving John McCain a pass on the slip:

Media Matters Summary:

On MSNBC Live, while discussing Sen. John McCain's false claim that Iranian operatives are "taking al-Qaeda into Iran, training them and sending them back," NBC News political director Chuck Todd asserted: "[T]his was not a one-time slip and ... had Clinton or Obama done something like this, this would have been played on a loop, over and over."

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