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Fox News was not removed from Armed Forces Radio over Vindman testimony

November 22, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: The Department of Defense has canceled Fox News from Armed Forces Radio after the attacks against Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Fox News is still running on the network despite claims online. 

THE FACTS: As Vindman was set to testify Tuesday in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, false posts began circulating on Facebook suggesting that Armed Forces Radio had removed Fox News at the direction of the Department of Defense. 

One tweet grew from 477 likes at 5 p.m. to 6,000 likes by 5:30 p.m. EST. 

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The Armed Forces Network broadcasts radio and television programming to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The network is overseen by the U.S. Department of Defense. 

The Defense Department confirmed to The Associated Press that the claim was false.

“We have not cancelled Fox News from American Forces Network programming, either on our radio or TV services,” said Navy Capt. Bill Speaks, a Pentagon spokesperson.

Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who served in Iraq, has faced criticism from some Trump supporters for testifying in the impeachment inquiry. Vindman’s lawyer has called on Fox News to retract a segment where a guest on Laura Ingraham’s show suggested that Vindman was a spy. 

On Tuesday, The White House released a tweet questioning Vindman’s credibility. 

“Tim Morrison, Alexander Vindman’s former boss, testified in his deposition that he had concerns about Vindman’s judgment,” the tweet said. 

The Armed Forces Network was still playing Fox News as the false claim circulated online. 

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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