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Palestinian arrest on Fox News broadcast was out of order, not staged | Fact check

The claim: Fox News broadcast shows staged arrest

A Nov. 23 Instagram video (direct link, archive link) shows a Fox News reporter covering the arrest of a Palestinian man by members of the Israeli military. The man is shown being escorted away while wearing only his underwear and a blindfold, but a quick clip at the end of the video shows him with a pair of pants halfway up his leg.

"In an alarming trend, news agencies including CNN and Fox News, are accused of disseminating misleading information, fabricating videos and falsely influencing public opinion, and changing the original narrative in the current war against civilians in Gaza," reads the post's caption. "This video captured by a @foxnews reporter purportedly shows Israeli forces apprehending an individual supposed to be an armed Palestinian on October 7th. However, the same individual appears at the end of the video wearing his clothes!"

The video clip in the post says the man being arrested was "acting."

The post garnered more than 2,000 likes in six days. Similar versions of the claim were shared on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and X, formerly Twitter.

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Our rating: False

The arrest wasn't staged. Unedited footage shared online by the reporter in the video shows the man undressing and being arrested.

Edited footage not proof of staged arrest

Fox originally aired the broadcast on Oct. 12, five days after Hamas attacked the Supernova music festival in Israel. As is shown in the Instagram video, the scene concludes with a quick shot of the man with his pants halfway on.

But this isn't proof of a staged arrest. The footage aired on Fox and shown in the post was simply presented out of order.

Trey Yingst, the Fox reporter featured in the broadcast, shared the full, unedited footage of the man's arrest on X and Instagram. The man is shown with his pants halfway up his leg at the beginning of the video (the scene from the end of the news clip), but the extended footage shows the man proceeding to take the rest of his clothes off in front of a group of soldiers.

"There’s a post about our reporting circulating online regarding this clip from October 12th, claiming the man is a crisis actor," Yingst says in the posts. "Here’s the entire raw video. You can see the man who was arrested take his clothes off, before he is taken into custody."

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Alexandra Coscia, a Fox spokesperson, told USA TODAY that the claim about the arrest being staged is false and the out-of-sequence clip was used to transition to the next segment.

The man's arrest was captured by CBS News and NBC News as well, and both broadcasts showed him kneeling on the ground in front of a group of soldiers and undressing.

USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

PolitiFact and Lead Stories also debunked the claim.

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