Days Later, Fox News Retracts Story On Phony 'Navy SEAL'

Days Later, Fox News Retracts Story On Phony 'Navy SEAL'

Fox News ran a story on October 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL and glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump.

"Heroes are the ones who didn't come home", Garofalo replied tearfully.

The sculpture impressed the hosts so much that one of them even said, "God bless John Garofalo".

"Fox News not withdrawing that story has drove me nutty", Shipley told Navy Times, according to the military news organization.

Shipley checked records and found that Garofalo had never been listed as a Navy SEAL.

The segment appears to have been taken down by Fox News at time of this report.

Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley contacted Fox News a day after they aired the segment asking them to retract the phony story.

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Neither was he awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other almost two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal.

"Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", the correction read. "The man woke something up in me", said 72-year-old John Garofalo from his warmly-lit workshop as B-roll showed him carefully carving stars into the giant sheet of glass.

Sometimes, the network's lust for patriotic punditry is so powerful that its producers will put Leathery Military Men on the air without bothering to check and see whether they are actually Military Men.

The network explained that they spent over two weeks working with Garafalo's family and National Personnel Records to "get to the bottom" of Garafalo's military past. Garofalo also showed off his Purple Heart and other medals from his time as a Navy SEAL in the Vietnam War. He posted a video to Extreme Seal Experience to Garofalo for lying about his military experience. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. The next morning he contacted Llenas on Facebook and told him that Garofalo himself had admitted he was a phony. "Did not served (sic) with a unit/vessel awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, or any unit citations", the record stated.

Along with the statement posted on its website, the network said it planned to offer an on-air correction Friday.

"You can turn this story around", he told Llenas, according to the Navy Times. Garofalo says that it was a lie that he got caught up in, one that he never meant to tell, but that just got bigger and bigger.

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