Former President Donald Trump is once again in the headlines after he shared a fake clip of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper supposedly making disparaging comments about the network on Twitter.
The clip, which was heavily edited, shows Cooper stating that he and CNN’s staff are “just pumping out b*” for the sake of ratings. However, the video was manipulated to make it seem like Cooper was criticizing his own network.
After the clip was widely shared on social media, CNN released a statement calling it “completely false.”
“Using a manipulated video to deceive the public is dangerous and unacceptable,” the network said.
Trump’s tweet was met with swift backlash, with many people criticizing him for spreading fake news.
This is not the first time that Trump has been accused of sharing false information on social media. During his time in office, he was often criticized for using Twitter to spread misinformation and attack his political opponents.
In fact, Trump’s feud with CNN and its journalists is well-documented. He frequently referred to the network as “fake news” and even banned several of its reporters from covering events at the White House.
The clip of Cooper is just the latest example of the former president’s willingness to spread false information online. It also highlights the ongoing problem of fake news and misinformation on social media, which can have real-world consequences.
As social media platforms continue to grapple with the spread of fake news, it is clear that the problem is not going away anytime soon. The responsibility falls on all of us to be vigilant and fact-check the information that we see online before sharing it with others.