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Fact Check-Altered Fox News segment showing Sean Hannity with Ron DeSantis

Social media users are sharing an altered video that appears to show a Fox News segment with host Sean Hannity, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Lara Trump discussing an unidentified “raid”.

Examples can be seen (here ) and (here )

The text in the original tweet containing the video reads: “Ron DeSantis went on Hannity and things got SPICY”.

The video begins with Hannity saying: “When this raid happened, and it was a raid...” before appearing to be interrupted by DeSantis, who disputes the use of the word “raid”.

He said: “It’s not a raid. With all due respect. It was not a raid. They were serving valid process in accordance with the laws and constitution of the United States and the state of Florida. They did it with integrity. They did it with honor. And to say it’s a raid, is disinformation…”

The alleged back-and-forth then continues without providing details on what the “raid” is and when it took place.

But this debate did not take place. Rather, the alleged segment is a product of splicing and combining separate videos from different topics on different dates and editing them together to make them appear as part of a single conversation.

The clip of Hannity can be traced back to an August 2022 Fox News segment about the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid at the Mar-a-Lago retreat of former U.S. President Donald Trump ( here ).

More information about the Mar-a-Lago raid can be found here.

The clip of DeSantis, meanwhile, can be traced back to Dec. 11, 2020 ( here ).

It shows DeSantis discussing the raid of the home of a top data scientist – a separate event to the Mar-a-Lago raid. U.S. law enforcement searched the home of Rebekah Jones, who helped build Florida state’s online COVID dashboard, in December 2020, on suspicion of hacking a state Department of Health communications system.

Jones had previously alleged she was fired from her government job because she refused to manipulate data. Read more on the case here.

In response to the spliced Fox News video, Hannity (here ) said: “WARNING IF YOU SEE THIS ON TWITTER IT IS EDITED FAKE NEWS. This never happened!! They spliced in comments the Governor made years ago. Twitter needs to step in and remove this immediately!!”

Twitter has added a “manipulated media” label to the original tweet. Read more information on Twitter’s labelling policy here.

VERDICT

Altered. The video has been edited to include a 2020 video of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis talking about the Rebekah Jones raid.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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