[VIDEO] OOPS: CNN Commentator Believes Hoax Story That Mother Died After Travel BanPosted: February 2, 2017 | |
CNN political commentator Errol Louis repeated a false story that has been proven to be a hoax on air Wednesday, alluding to an Iraqi mother who purportedly died because she was unable to enter the United States after President Trump’s travel ban was implemented.
Louis appeared on “CNN Newsroom” with host Carol Costello to discuss Trump’s executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days over terrorism concerns.
A man from Detroit, Mike Hager, had told a local news station on Tuesday that his mother died in Iraq because she was unable to return to the U.S. for medical treatment once Trump’s travel ban was put into force. However, the leader of a nearby mosque, Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, confirmed the next day that Hager had fabricated his story.
Louis referenced Hager’s story as truth while criticizing Trump’s executive order on CNN.
Costello asked Louis why White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused earlier at a press briefing to call Trump’s order a “ban.”
“So, Errol, I’m struggling as to why we’re having this semantics war?” she asked…(read more)