Bill Melugin, a rising star correspondent for Fox News notable for his in-depth coverage of President Joe Biden’s immigration and border policy disaster, lashed out over a deceptive edit of a report he did earlier this week following the horrific shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
As noted by The Blaze, the video was edited to make it seem as though Melugin was spreading an unverified rumor regarding the massacre.
Melugin, who was working out of Fox News’ Los Angeles bureau, responded angrily to the edit by former Deadspin and Daily Beast correspondent Timothy Burke.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 24, 2022
The six-second clip was viewed more than 384,000 times by the time this report was filed.
The full quote from the report completely undermined Burke’s accusation. “Here’s the full clip, liar. Melugin was not repeating an unverified rumor, he was expressing doubt about an unverified rumor,” GOP operative Arthur Schwarz noted in a post along with the video.
“There were rumors that were flying around that this was some sort of Border Patrol chase,” said Melugin. “I have not heard anything of the sort. I have not confirmed any of that information. I have no reason to believe any of, that those rumors are credible at this moment.”
Following Burke’s deceptive post, Melugin also ripped into him.
“The reason you edited it down to six seconds is because you cut out the part where I shot down these rumors entirely you absolute hack.” Melugin tweeted.
The reason you edited it down to six seconds is because you cut out the part where I shot down these rumors entirely you absolute hack. https://t.co/NsMaGv1Wbu
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 25, 2022
“While Burke’s tweet with the misleading video received only 456 likes and 90 retweets, Melugin’s response garnered more than 11.1k likes and 2,166 retweets,” The Blaze noted, adding:
Some on social media conjectured that the shooter, who was later identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, might have been an illegal alien based on the presence of Border Patrol agents at the crime scene. A statement from Homeland Security assistant secretary of public affairs Marsha Espinosa clarified that Border Patrol agents responded to a call for help from Texas law enforcement agents at the shooting.
“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives,” Espinosa explained.
Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives.
— Marsha (Catron) Espinosa (@MCatronDHS) May 25, 2022
Another report noted that a Border Patrol agent rushed into the mass shooting, then engaged and killed the assailant who had barricaded himself in a classroom.
Following the massacre, several people called for increasing school security in the U.S. rather than sending tens of billions to other countries.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, is one of them who a plea for enhanced security measures and funding at schools across the country Tuesday evening.
“Armed guard, single point of entry, teacher training,” he tweeted, adding, “We send out $Billions to other countries all the time. Why not fund school safety in America?”
-Single point of entry
We send out $Billions to other countries all the time. Why not fund school safety in America?
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) May 25, 2022