Fox News’ Sandra Smith Accusing Man Forcibly Removed from United Airlines Flight of Not Being ‘A Genuine American’ Is Fake News
By Erica Abbott
Reports that Fox News anchor Sandra Smith accused the man who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight of not being “a genuine American” are false. While Smith and Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera did discuss United’s public relations disaster, Smith never accused the passenger of not being “a genuine American.”
According to PolitiFact, the fake claim originated on the Newslo network, which describes itself as “the first hybrid news/satire platform” on the internet. The article claimed that during a recent Fox News discussion, Smith said that the passenger’s behavior indicated that he was from another country. It purported:
Smith continued, “But look, I get where you’re coming from with this, but at the end of the day, we’re talking here about an airline, a company that exists solely for the purpose of transporting passengers from one place in the country to another. If you just consider the fact that 15 or so years ago we had two airplanes crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, I think you’ll understand that they were right to be edgy. And that goes especially in a situation in which the passenger in question was not a genuine American. As a matter of fact, if you take a look at the video of what happened on the plane, it’s obvious that his behavior suggests that he’s from another part of the world, and that’s that.”
“What’s more, I would even go so far as to say that the man had it coming for one simple reason. If that had been a white person, they would have likely stepped out of the plane and waited for the next flight, not to mention that they would probably also have been compensated for the inconvenience in some way or another. Instead, since this guy wasn’t white, his reaction was also different from that of a white person, which is why he refused to give up his seat. If he’d done that, everything would have gone more smoothly and without incident. This way, because he was stubborn, he ended up getting the short end of the stick. That’s just not how white people behave, and non-whites in this country need to learn that. We’re more civilized than the rest, which is why we’re at the top of the food chain. The guy had it coming, end of story,” she concluded.
Smith never accused the United passenger of not being “a genuine American,” however, there is some truth to the article overall. The article mixes fact and fiction by including “Show Facts” and “Hide Facts” buttons on each story. In this case, selecting the “Show Facts” button will reveal that only the first paragraph, in which Smith and Rivera discussed business practices in the airline industry, contains factual information. The rest is false.
In an April 12 discussion, Smith did, in fact, link the forced removal of the passenger to overregulation. She did not, however, accuse the passenger of anything. The article was republished on USPOLN Go to the full article.