Fake and “deceptive” videos of John Fetterman struggling to talk after stroke, sent viral by conservatives

Fake and “deceptive” videos of John Fetterman struggling to talk after stroke, sent viral by conservatives

John Fetterman’s videos claiming to be real were in fact edited to exaggerate an existing language problem facing the Democratic candidate for the US Pennsylvania Senate seat, a report says.

The current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania had speech problems from a stroke in May, which some, including a Washington Post Monday’s editorial – they called it “disturbing” and “arrest”.

While these concerns remain valid, an NBC News report Wednesday identified multiple videos that had been manipulated and edited to exacerbate the Democratic candidate’s speech problems.

Clips that appeared on both TikTok and Twitter, some of which were removed for violating the site’s policies, showed that Mr. Fetterman stopped abruptly or remained silent when the audience was actually applauding.

Other videos reportedly cut it off in mid-sentence to make it seem like it didn’t make sense, in clear violation of the disinformation and “integrity” guidelines set by Twitter and TikTok, the latter of which removed the footage reported by NBC. News.

Twitter, which did not immediately move to remove the spoofed videos, was contacted for comment by The independent. The rules set by the social media website state that “synthetic, manipulated or out of context media” that “may cause widespread confusion on public matters” are prohibited.

The revelation that fake videos of the Democratic Senate candidate were shared online follows months of criticism directed at Mr. Fetterman, that the Washington Post he claimed in his editorial he hadn’t held a press conference.

“Since returning to the election campaign, Mr. Fetterman has discontinued his performances. He stammers, looks confused, and keeps his remarks brief. He did not hold press conferences, “the article reads.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the seat in the US Senate (AP) of the state

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the seat in the US Senate (AP) of the state

He continued: “Mr. Fetterman asks voters for a six-year contract without giving them enough information to make serious judgments that he is up to such a demanding job. We have called for full disclosure of medical records of candidates for federal office from both sides, including Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and we believe Mr. Fetterman should release his medical records for independent review. “

The current lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania has already agreed to a televised debate with his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, on October 25, two weeks before the voters went to the polls.

In a statement, the Oz campaign claimed that Mr. Fetterman only accepted the debate “after he was hit with massive criticism from state and national editorials and commentators for dodging himself.” The Oz campaign also complained that Mr. Fetterman had “insisted on finding accommodations for his health condition,” although it wasn’t clear what they were, the Associated Press reported.

Mr. Fetterman has received praise from Democrats for running a stylish social media campaign in which he sought to portray Dr. Oz as a newcomer to his state, having previously lived in New Jersey.

Joe Calvello, a spokesman for Fetterman, told NBC News that the fake videos were “sad” and “desperate”. He added that “Dr. Oz’s MAGA allies are deceptively editing videos of John talking to tease him as he recovers from a stroke.”

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