As for the tweet seen in the Newsmax “Black conservatives” screenshots, it was real and recent as of April 2022. Media Matters for America (MM4A)’s Jason Campbell shared it on the morning of April 20 2022:
This is an actual screenshot from Newsmax. I did not edit this. pic.twitter.com/zTevhmwMAH
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 20, 2022
Campbell’s “actual screenshot from Newsmax” featured a chyron, reading “Left considers Black conservatives to be traitors.” A Newsmax host appeared on the left side of the screen, and four individuals’ images were shown on the right:
- Sheriff David Clarke (misspelled as “Daivd”);
- Herman Cain;
- Ben Shapiro; and
- Ben Carson
Of the four, two of the people shown were appeared to be odd choices in the context of the putative segment. Cain was a Black conservative, but he died in July 2020 of COVID-19; Ben Shapiro was not dead, but neither was he a Black conservative.
Several articles addressed the Newsmax “Black conservatives” screencap, which appeared on-air on April 19 2022. The Daily Beast’s “Newsmax Host Includes Ben Shapiro Among ‘Black Conservatives'” included video of the segment, and it reported:
Newsmax host Greg Kelly included Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro — who is very much not Black — among a list of Black conservatives on Tuesday night, going so far as to describe Shapiro as “one of the heroes” of the Black conservative movement.
As [Kelly spoke about Black conservatives], the program aired a graphic, blaring the caption “Left Considers Black Conservatives To Be Traitors,” which included Shapiro alongside three other conservative Black men (including Herman Cain, who in 2020 died from COVID-19.)
Mediaite’s “Newsmax’s Greg Kelly Hails Ben Shapiro as ‘One of the Heroes’ of the Black Conservative Movement” quoted Kelly’s commentary as the graphic appeared on screen. In that excerpt, Kelly stated that Cain was deceased and Shapiro was not Black (but one of the “heroes” of “the movement”):
[Black conservatives are] out there, but they’re shunned because, boy oh boy, what they have to say. And the late Herman Cain and, of course, Ben Shapiro, not Black but one of the heroes of the movement. This really disrupts the narrative and that’s why they are marginalized. They shouldn’t be. They should be celebrated and listened to.
On Twitter, Kelly praised Mediaite’s explanation:
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) April 20, 2022
On April 20 2022, a purported screenshot of a Newsmax “Black conservatives” segment spread virally. The screencap was real and unaltered, originating with a segment hosted by Kelly on April 19 2022. Although the image was not misleading, it didn’t include the context in video of the segment. As the image appeared on screen, Kelly referenced the “late Herman Cain,” and added that Ben Shapiro was “not Black, but one of the heroes of the movement.”