Following the Halloween terror attack in New York City, CNN’s Jake Tapper is lashing out at Fox News for misrepresenting a statement he made during the course of coverage. The fuss revolves around how Tapper reported the ISIS-inspired nature of suspect Sayfullo Saipov’s actions, including how witnesses heard him shouting, “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after exiting his rental truck. On air, Tapper referenced how this Muslim prayer is often appropriated by extremists while carrying out terror attacks, and in doing so, he said this:
“The Arabic chant, Allahu Akbar — God is great — sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances, and too often we hear it being said in moments like this.”
Well, Fox News decided to call out Tapper with their “outrageous” label (in a story that’s still, at this time, available online) as evidenced in the below screencap (from CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski) with this title: “CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Allahu Akbar’ Can Be Said Under ‘Most Beautiful’ of Circumstances.'”
It’s not the most favorable way to frame Tapper’s statement, but things grew worse with a now-deleted tweet, which someone crafted to take Tapper’s words completely out of context: “@CNN ‘s Jake Tapper Says ‘Allahu Akbar’ Is ‘Beautiful’ Right After NYC Terror Attack.”
Needless to say, Tapper was irritated as heck over his recontextualized words and called out Fox News for “lying” and “[f]ollowing the slime-coated path of @DailyCaller and @infowars.”
At that point, Fox News apparently deleted the tweet-twisted version of Tapper’s words. He did not note the deletion, but Tapper continued to trash the rival network until Sean Hannity decided to make things even messier.
On the air, Hannity stoked further controversy by lecturing “fake Jake Tapper” over his words and his tweets that called out Fox News. Hannity added, “Maybe that’s why you have low ratings.”
In response, Tapper called out Hannity for “lying now.” And then Tapper kicked Hannity right where it hurts most — right in the Seth Rich conspiracy theory.