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Fake News: Trump 2020 Campaign Will NOT Simply Air Unedited Footage Of Democrats Talking

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:54:52 Z)

Will the Trump 2020 presidential campaign simply air unedited footage of Democrats talking as a strategy to win votes? No, that's not true: It is a satirical article intended to make a joke of the controversy between progressive Democrats and President Trump. While the campaign did release a video ad featuring clips of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of her "Squad" calling ICE immigrant detention centers "concentration camps," it is not the campaign's full strategy.

The story originated from an article published by the satire news website Babylonbee.com on July 16, 2019 titled "Trump 2020 Campaign To Simply Air Unedited Footage Of Democrats Talking" (archived here) which opened:

The Trump campaign has unveiled its 2020 campaign strategy of airing unedited footage of speeches and press conferences by far-left Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and that other one.

GOP commercials will air the footage around the clock. The speeches will not be edited in any way. Rather than pushing their own policy proposals, Republicans will just remind the nation of just who it is they're running against.

"We were pretty concerned when Trump was tweeting those racially charged things the other day," said one campaign strategist. "But now we're in the clear again. I mean, he'll say something problematic again soon. But we don't even have to defend it. We just have to show people the Dems tripping over themselves to say something even crazier."

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Trump 2020 Campaign To Simply Air Unedited Footage Of Democrats Talking

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Trump campaign has unveiled its 2020 campaign strategy of airing unedited footage of speeches and press conferences by far-left Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and that other one.GOP commercials will air the footage around the clock. The speeches will not be edited in any way. Rather than pushing t ...

This is an actual GOP video produced mostly using Democrat's talking:

We enjoy well done satire, when it is labeled properly. If you see the story on any other site presented as NEWS, we would consider that false.

But "The Babylon Bee" comes with following dislaimer on every page:

The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.

Some of their greatest past hits include:

With a track record like that it is clear that you shouldn't take anything posted on the site seriously and you definitely shouldn't confuse it with real news.

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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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