Fox News has retracted a story it ran earlier this month about a glass artist who claimed to be a retired Navy SEAL after discovering that he lied about the specifics of his time in the military.
John Garafalo - who told Fox News he was a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL - was featured in an October 8 segment in which he delivered an emotional recounting of his service, doled out praise for the president, and brandished his medals - which included two "Purple Hearts".
"Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", Fox News said. Problem is he never served in Vietnam and he was never a Navy SEAL.
When contacted by the publication, Garofalo admitted to making up stories about his service, and he apologized to the Navy SEALs for lying about being one of them. "He was awarded 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts". Garofalo claimed he served during the Vietnam War as a member of the nation's first Navy SEAL team.
A Fox News anchor then concluded the segment, calling Garofalo a "great guy" and saying, "I hope he gets to meet the president". "We certainly hope maybe the president is listening".
"Fox News not withdrawing that story has drove me nutty", Shipley told Navy Times, according to the military news organization. He served in Spain and he gifted two presidential seals to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
FNC says the network has spent the last two weeks working "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".
A Fox spokeswoman said Friday morning that the story had been corrected online and on all social media platforms. Although he did serve four years in the United States Navy, it was in aircraft handling, a position that involves "overseeing various ground-based functions involving aircraft". "The man woke something up in me", said 72-year-old John Garofalo from his warmly-lit workshop as B-roll showed him carefully carving stars into the giant sheet of glass. Garofalo spoke to Navy Times, admitting he had been pulling the ruse for years. You, too, could be an official Fox News Leathery Military Man!
As it turns out though, the only element of this story that actually got injured in the line of duty was the network's thin line of credibility. 'What I did I'm ashamed of, and I didn't mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs'.