Earlier this month, Fox News ran with a story about a decorated Navy SEAL who loved President Trump so much he carved a mammoth presidential seal out of glass, with the reporter labeling him a "tough, tough man".
"Heroes are the ones who didn't come home", Garofalo replied tearfully. Introduced on the network October 8 as a former Navy SEAL who served in Vietnam and earned 22 commendations and two Purple Hearts, John Garofalo has since admitted to the Military Times that he greatly exaggerated his military credentials.
According to the Post, both the man's family and the Navy SEALs contacted Fox to let them know the story was incorrect the day after it aired; however, it remained on the site. He was never a SEAL.
However, Shipley watched the segment on Fox News later that night. "Even though he showed us medals, Garofalo was not awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other almost two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal".
"You can turn this story around", Shipley wrote to Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas. "It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told Navy Times.
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".
While Garofalo did serve in the Navy, he was never a member of the SEALs, he never received even one Purple Heart and the closest he got to Vietnam was Spain.
Shipley said he reached out to Llenas via Facebook, telling him that Garofalo was not a Vietnam War veteran.
Not until Thursday did the network publish a correction and as of Friday morning the video is not available on their Facebook page.
If Fox News wants to use its time and energy to push out inane puff pieces on a veteran's transformation from decorated servicemember to MAGA-philic glass carving enthusiast, that's their prerogative.
"As soon as I heard that, red flags went straight up", Shipley said, adding that there were less than 300 SEALs who had served in Vietnam and that it was the "No. 1 fake claim" imposters used.
"It got bigger and bigger", Garofalo told the newspaper in a telephone interview.
"What I did I'm ashamed of, and I didn't mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs", Mr. Garofalo told the Navy Times.