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FOX News uses pictures of Eagles players praying to make it seem like they were kneeling during the National Anthem

Now THIS is fake news.

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Warning: the video you’re about to watch is propaganda.

FOX News aired this clip on Tuesday morning while discussing how the Philadelphia Eagles were disinvited to the White House “due to the National Anthem controversy.”

As you can see, there are a number of still shots of Eagles players (and former Eagles players — a 2016 picture of Jordan Matthews is included for some reason) kneeling in this video. Clearly, the Eagles are being incredibly disrespectful to America!

Except they’re not. They’re not even kneeling during the National Anthem. Those photos are pictures of players praying in pregame warmups. I know this because I was at the games. Players from both teams stand on the sideline facing the flag during warmups. No one is kneeling in the end zone.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who caught the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII, reacted to the images of him being used in this clip.

Chris Long also weighed in.

Long is correct. Not one member of the Super Bowl champion Eagles knelt for the National Anthem last season.

Some have responded to this claim by pointing out that former Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks was kneeling during the National Anthem before a preseason game last year. That is true. But he wasn’t a member of the Super Bowl team. He was released on August 30.

I’d also like to point out that no Eagles player stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem last year, which Donald Trump implied they did in this tweet.

Maybe he got his Pennsylvania football teams mixed up because the Pittsburgh Steelers did stay in the locker room at one point. Or maybe he just doesn’t care about being truthful. Hard to say.

In any case, it’s pretty pathetic that some people resort to lying and twisting facts to fit their agenda.

Sometimes, it’s just straight up hilarious. Case in point:

As we already explained, Brooks was not a member of the Super Bowl roster. I like how the same picture of him is included twice as if that offers more proof. Elsewhere in the tweet, Torrey Smith is kneeling during pregame warmups.

But the best part of all is that Jason Peters is kneeling in the Eagles’ indoor practice bubble at the NovaCare Complex! He’s not even on a stadium field.

This misinformation spurred some funny parody tweets.

If you feel disappointed in the Eagles for some reason, well, that’s your right. But don’t base your opinions off of straight up lies and propaganda.


UPDATE: FOX News issues an apology.

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