On Thursday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest host Brian Kilmeade showed a clearly photoshopped image of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed off on the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort that took place on Monday. The manipulated graphic took a 2017 post from Reinhart while he was waiting out a hurricane hoping to watch the New York Giants, and grafted that over an image of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein getting his foot rubbed by his now-imprisoned cohort Ghislaine Maxwell. Even though the image Fox News showed was credited to the Twitter handle @whatimemetosay, Kilmeade tried passing it off as real.
— what.i.meme.to.say (@whatimemetosay) August 10, 2022
“Also, a picture of Bruce Reinhart,” Kilmeade said while bringing up the image. “This is the judge in charge of the... of the uh… of the, um… as you know, of the warrant, and we’ll see if he’s going to release it next. He likes Oreos and whisky.”
This isn’t the first time Fox News has been caught trying to pass off fake images as real. The network did the same thing in June 2020 during the George Floyd protests when it showed a fiery image of Minneapolis and claimed it was Seattle.
Fox was quick to be called out.
Fox News is the professional wrestling of “news” shows.
Most people know that it’s fake, but for some reason they still enjoy watching it.
— Charlie Griefer (@charliegriefer) August 12, 2022
— FuriousOptimist (@FuriousOptimist) August 12, 2022
Even Sean Hannity pointed out that the image was clearly fake as they transitioned to his show, but Kilmeade pushed back a bit.
“Sean, can you relate to that?” Kilmeade asked. “I think that’s actually a picture of Jeffrey Epstein with somebody putting his head on there,” Hannity replied, "I’m guessing. I don’t know.” “It might be his plane,” Kilmeade responded. “Who knows?”
UPDATE Aug. 12, 2022: In a tweet posted Friday afternoon, Kilmeade finally acknowledged that the photo he posted was fake.
Last night while subbing for Tucker Carlson, we showed you an image of Judge Bruce Reinhart w/ Ghislaine Maxwell that was sourced on screen to a meme pulled from Twitter & wasn’t real. This depiction never took place & we wanted to make clear that we were showing a meme in jest.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) August 12, 2022
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