MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell retweeted a video Sunday published by Twitter user @Daudoo in which a female Muslim high school student allegedly defends herself when a white, male student attacks her.
The video, also published on Facebook, has "more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares, and more than 29,000 comments--many supporting the girl," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Here's the thing--the video was allegedly staged. James Walsh of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
...Dirk Tedmon, a spokesman for the school district, said Saturday that school officials who talked to families of the students after viewing the video learned that it was a “play fight” and intended as a joke. School safety and security staff confirmed the alleged incident never happened. By the time it was discovered to be a hoax, the video had gone viral, Tedmon said.
Has O'Donnell deleted his tweet? No. As of 2:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, the tweet remains on O'Donnell's feed.
O'Donnell has 1.2 million twitter followers, and it can be safely assumed that most of them are progressives. By leaving the video up without an explanation, O'Donnell is telling his 1.2 million followers that a Muslim girl was harassed by a white male.
In the current political climate in which many progressives link any act of violence toward Muslims with President-elect Donald Trump, leaving a fake video on one's twitter is a foolish idea. With his large online following, O'Donnell's tweet could misinform hundreds of thousands of people.
The video, which has already gone viral, has already been taken down by U.K.-based Islamic website ilmfeed.com. Now it's your turn, Lawrence.