Fake SEAL Wreaks Havoc With Fox News Story

 In Military, Politics

John Garofalo was interviewed n October 8 by Fox News reporter Bryan Llenas after he created a massive “Presidential Seal” for Donald Trump and told them he was a former SEAL and Vietnam Veteran. The interview went viral, garnering 1.5 Million views. Mr. Llenas showed off Garofalo’s many “medals” and called him a “tough, tough” man. One problem: he was never a Navy SEAL and was never in Vietnam. Fake SEAL.

Screenshot of Fox story


“The Vietnam War veteran served seven years as a member of the nation’s first Navy SEAL team. He was awarded 22 commendations, including two Purple Hearts…He was listed twice during his service in Vietnam as missing in action…God bless John Garofalo. We certainly hope maybe the president is listening.” Bryan Llenas

Garofalo did serve in the US Navy from 1963-1967, as an aviation boatswain’s mate ― aircraft handling, or ABH. The only award he was ever up for was a Defense Service Medal. Since the Fox story showed 22 medals…where did he get them and is this a federal offense?

Someone at Fox News did not verify his credentials prior to airing the segment. The day after it aired, the firestorm started with both family and real SEAL members asking Fox to retract the story. When the Navy Times contacted Garofalo, he admitted he lied about his service. But Fox left the story up on their social media and website as of Thursday. It has now been removed as of Friday, but not before they drew fire from everyone.

Navy Times reported,

Former SEALs who first confirmed Garofalo’s lie, and family members of the man, both said they have contacted Fox about retracting the segment.

The Fox segment was still up on its Facebook page as of Thursday afternoon. A Fox representative said in an email that it would run an on-air correction Sunday and corrections would be made on its website and Facebook page.

“Fox News not withdrawing that story has drove me nutty,”said Don Shipley, a retired SEAL who outs bogus military service claims and was the first to obtain official records disputing Garofalo’s story.

Shipley said he contacted Navy Times after Fox News failed to retract the bogus piece.

Shipley provided copies of Garofalo’s official military records and Navy Times confirmed the records’ authenticity with the National Personnel Records Center and Naval Special Warfare Command.

Shipley said he approached Fox about retracting the story the day after it ran.

Facebook correspondence provided by Shipley shows he messaged Llenas about inconsistencies in Garofalo’s military history and asked Fox to retract the story.

Twitter was abuzz with leftist attacks on Fox News for being “Pro-Trump” and accusing them of not taking down the story because Garofalo is pro-Trump. The sad fact is, yes, they should have checked him out before airing the segment.

The bigger question here is does Garofalo actually possess those medals, and if he does,could he be charged with stolen valor under the federal code? With Trump “friends” like this, who needs enemies?

  • Jim Flanagan

    Dale, as a retired navy vet, I make it a fact to
    Thank all Vietnam Vets. Thank you sir for all that you went through in country and I’m sorry for what you had to go through when you got back. You’re never alone brother!

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