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Daily Beast contributing editor falsely accuses Tucker Carlson of editing an image of AOC to have ‘googly eyes’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s producers are being accused of editing a photo of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that was aired during a segment of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Wednesday.

In a since deleted tweet, Daily Beast contributing editor Justin Baragona tweeted an image of of Ocasio-Cortez featured on the show with the caption, “So it appears that Tucker’s producers added ‘googly eyes’ to AOC in this image.”

However, the photo was taken of Ocasio-Cortez in May 2018 and was not edited.

Baragona acknowledged his mistake and took down the tweet.

“Taking down this tweet as the image of AOC has been out there since at least May 2018,” he wrote.

“Anyway, I’ll take the L and the addition to the list @SirajAHashmi,” he added.

In a separate post, Baragona wrote, “Every day you log onto Twitter, you hope to get through it without being it. Tonight, I was it. And I absolutely deserved to be.”

“Word of advice — if you don’t want to be IT, make sure you don’t send out factually inaccurate tweets that can be easily verified and debunked,” he added.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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