We hear so much from the Trump administration about fake news, and in the age of the internet and social media, it’s hard to escape when someone reports or posts something that isn’t true.
And guess what: Trump acolytes aren’t immune. On Sunday night, White House social media director Dan Scavino stepped into some trouble.
Just after 3:30 p.m. EST, Scavino tweeted a video of what he claimed was a flooded Miami International Airport. In the tweet, Scavino noted that he was sharing information about the storm with Trump and Mike Pence.
That’s concerning – because the video he posted was a hoax.
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 10, 2017
Turns out the video Scavino shared was from a YouTube channel that has a reputation for recycling video from past disasters. Scavino deleted his original tweet, but he didn’t offer an explanation until half an hour after deleting his tweet – and about an hour after the Miami International Airport called him out.
Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In trying to notify all, I shared – have deleted. Be safe!
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) September 10, 2017
Earlier Scavino misidentified the location of another image he tweeted and wound up deleting that tweet. Was Scavino lying, or did he make a couple of honest mistakes? Either way, it’s a tad ironic that the administration so sensitive to fake news would create some of their own.