'In a Climate of Wildfire Misinformation, This Is Super Irresponsible'
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg's performance at Wednesday night's Democratic debate was by most accounts at best terrible, but that didn't stop the campaign from pushing out a fake, doctored, and highly-edited clip suggesting the other candidates on stage were silenced by a claim he made.
"I'm the only one here I think that's ever started a business," Bloomberg said during the debate, as this actual clip shows.
Here, I made the clip of what actually happened when Bloomberg asked who else had started a business. It was not 20… https://t.co/gC4Fp8sOMP— Dominic Holden (@Dominic Holden)1582215185.0
But in the Bloomberg clip, his remarks are followed by 20 seconds of very uncomfortable presidential candidates being stunned into silence – including actual crickets chirping – by his attack.
Anyone? https://t.co/xqhq5qFYVk— Mike Bloomberg (@Mike Bloomberg)1582212643.0
The responses to Bloomberg's fake video came quickly:
@MikeBloomberg Going with deep fakes now are we?— Pedro Nicolaci da Costa (@Pedro Nicolaci da Costa)1582213540.0
Apparently the latest business Bloomberg started: A company that takes footage from his disastrous live TV appearan… https://t.co/puRimzHV6v— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1582215803.0
This is a fake video, James O'Keefe style. It was stitched together with clips from elsewhere in the debate to prod… https://t.co/xnx2Cgr4PM— Hunter (@Hunter)1582215343.0
Bloomberg's team is tweeting doctored videos from last night's debate. In a climate of wildfire misinformation, thi… https://t.co/fbFGRZM2TC— ella dawson (@ella dawson)1582215334.0
1) This video is fake 2) The Trump presidency is a refutation of the idea that "starting a business" qualifies one… https://t.co/uemKgQASf2— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1582215448.0
i dont recall this going like this. https://t.co/ndkcqY0Vut— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman)1582215833.0
this isn't how this exchange happened https://t.co/7nHfcHqHNT— Rosie Gray (@Rosie Gray)1582214480.0
Here we go again on the deceptive editing platform moderation argument https://t.co/joTGDz3OSw— Quinta Jurecic (@Quinta Jurecic)1582215101.0