“Absolute clownshow” — Fox News faces backlash for misquoting Jake Tapper on NYC terror

CAMBRIDGE, MA - DECEMBER 01: Jake Tapper, of CNN's State of the Union, speaks to a crowd at the Harvard Institute of Politics Forum before Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway and Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook enter the room for an event titled 'War Stories: Inside Campaign 2016' on December 1, 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

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Many came to CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s defense when Fox News misquoted him following the terror attack in New York.

On Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, killed eight people after driving a rental truck down a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan. He reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” in the attack. Tapper later criticized Saipov’s use of the chant, saying, “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.”

Former Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz criticized Tapper’s statement in a Fox News segment a few moments after he made a comment similar to Tapper’s, saying, “The overwhelming majority of Muslims don’t do this, but there is this radical element that does do that.” Fox News shared Chaffetz’s segment on its website using the title “CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Can Be Said Under ‘Most Beautiful’ of Circumstances.”

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The network then shortened Tapper’s statements even further by tweeting, “.@CNN’s Jake Tapper Says ‘Allahu Akbar’ Is ‘Beautiful’ Right After NYC Terror Attack.” Tapper criticized the network for insinuating that he supported acts of terror.

Though Fox News eventually deleted the tweet, many came to Tapper’s defense on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/925873705653297152

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/925876957249761286

Chaffetz also apologized for his mischaracterization of Tapper’s words.

Despite the deleted tweet and an apology from Chaffetz, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity attempted to continue the story on his own show.

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