Fox News Retracts Story About Fake Navy SEAL

Sergio Conner
October 20, 2017

Viewers took note immediately, according to Navy Times: Don Shipley, a retired SEAL himself who has experience revealing cases of stolen valor, told the publication that he notified the Fox News reporter the day after the story ran about Garofalo's phony claims. He was never a US Navy SEAL.

It is true that Garafalo "served in Spain and he gifted two presidential seals to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush", Fox News said in its retraction. In the report, which was nationally broadcast October 8, Garofalo was identified as being a Vietnam War veteran, a member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team and the recipient of 22 commendation medals, including two Purple Hearts. Never won a single Purple Heart, let alone two.

In the retracted segment, Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas repeatedly praised Garofalo for his service.

Earlier this month, Fox News had the above interview with a 72-year-old man named John Garofalo who claimed to have been a decorated Vietnam War veteran, serving seven years on the first ever Navy SEAL team and awarded two Purple Heart medals. And he never served in Vietnam.

"All of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", Fox's correction stated.

Additionally, an on-air correction will run Sunday. But it wasn't until yesterday-11 days after the piece was broadcast-that the network retracted the story and apologized.

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"God bless John Garofalo", said Fox News' Eric Shawn at the end of the segment. "We certainly hope the president is listening".

"Over the last two weeks, we've worked with Garofalo's family and the National Personnel Records Center to get to the bottom of a military past that Garofalo had claimed to be covert", the correction states.

But on Friday, the 24-hour news network was forced to retract its story after it was revealed that Garafalo had doctored almost all of his military history.

"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told the Navy Times.

A Freedom of Information request shows "Naval Special Warfare Command having no records of Garofalo in the history of the elite units' ranks", according to Navy Times.

"What I did I'm ashamed of, and I didn't mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs", he said.

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