Edited video of VP debunked


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Doctored videos of the VP were posted to Twitter and are now marked manipulated media.

On May 7, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence was taking part in handing out boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at a public event hosted at the Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia, just south of Washington, DC.

Shortly after, a video taken at the event by Matt McDermott, who was also present at the event, was posted to Twitter. In the video, Vice President Pence is seen saying “Can I just carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?”

Twitter immediately responded with angry responses to the video. Many believed that Pence was just there as a publicity stunt while Americans are trying to limit the spread and treat those who are very ill, as well as the many Americans who have passed away as a result of the coronavirus. 

However, things do not always pan out as expected. Later that day, C-SPAN released the full video of the interaction. When viewed in its entirety, the earlier Tweet was proven to be edited down and took Vice President Pence’s remarks out of context.

The video released by C-SPAN showed Pence talking to one of his staff members at the event, who told him that “Those are empty, sir” and that “We are good to go.” After this, the comments previously posted on Twitter about Pence only carrying empty boxes for the camera were stated, then Pence and the staffer laughed with one another, clearly joking.

Even after the true story regarding the video was revealed, Matt McDermott has not removed the inflammatory, and now revealed to be edited, video from Twitter. Twitter has since marked the post as “manipulated media,” signifying that the video deliberately misrepresented Vice President Mike Pence.