Jimmy Kimmel and Andrea Mitchell Apologize For Suggesting Mike Pence Carried Empty PPE Boxes as Publicity Stunt


Television host Jimmy Kimmel apologized on Friday for suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence carried empty PPE boxes as a publicity stunt — a suggestion which has been debunked.

After Kimmel aired a video of Pence joking about wheeling empty boxes as a publicity stunt, it was later shown that Pence had just been joking with other White House officials, and had actually been wheeling full boxes.

A clip of Kimmel’s segment, however, had already received over 150,000 likes on Twitter.

“it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt,” Kimmel updated in a follow-up Twitter post. “The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.”

NBC News anchor Andrea Mitchell also made an update to one of her tweets — which had originally questioned whether Pence was engaged in a “Fake photo op” — noting, “Glad we asked…turns out he was joking! We checked the original tape. Reporter on scene says @VP did deliver PPE.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway, Vox journalist Aaron Rupar, political consultant James Carville, and members of former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign — among many others — all shared the misleading video and claim.

Mediaite published a debunking of the controversy earlier on Friday after the misleading edit was flagged by Buzzfeed’s David Mack.

Watch the full clip above via C-Span.

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