Sly Fox News Celebrated A Fake Navy SEAL, Trump Will Stay Quiet

John Garofalo as seen during the Oct. 8 Fox News segment

Fox reported that Garafalo, 72, also received two purple hearts along with more than a dozen medals during his service.

Fox also issued a lengthy statement, claiming it hadn't investigated Garofalo's military past before the segment aired because he claimed it was "covert".

"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told Navy Times about his lie.

But on Friday, the 24-hour news network was forced to retract its story after it was revealed that Garafalo had doctored almost all of his military history.

There was a lot of "butt-kissing and boot-licking" going on in the comments section of the Facebook video where Fox News viewers called Garofalo a "great American" and "a great hero", he added. By then it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Today, almost two weeks after its initial report, Fox News officially posted a retraction, which Llenas also sheepishly read on-air this morning in what the on-air host gamely called a "quick correction".

"Unfortunately, all of Garofalo's claims turned out to be untrue", the correction read.

Fox News on Thursday retracted a story about a man claiming to have been a Navy SEAL and veteran of the Vietnam War - claims which were proven to be false.

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His sole decoration was a National Defense Service Medal, which is awarded to any service member who serves honorably during a "national emergency", including during the Vietnam War.

A Fox spokeswoman said Friday morning that the story had been corrected online and on all social media platforms.

John Garofalo appeared on Fox in an October 8 segment to show off a massive hand-cut glass presidential seal that he made as a gift to honor President Trump.

Fox News has issued an apology after airing an interview with a U.S. veteran who, it turns out, was not the hero he claimed to be. The publication said Garofalo told their reporter in a telephone interview that "It got bigger and bigger".

Why you gotta be so Purple Heart-less?

John Garofalo in the retracted Fox News segment. "And we certainly hope maybe the president is listening".

In a correction posted to its website and its Facebook page, Fox News said it had been in contact with Garofalo's family and with the National Personnel Records Center in the last two weeks about Garofalo's military record.

Garofalo served in the Navy from September 6, 1963, to September 6, 1967, according to military records obtained by the Navy Times.

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