Associated Press reporter Matt Lee was not about to let State Department spokesman Ned Price get away without providing evidence to back claims that Russia plans to film and broadcast fake videos to justify invading Ukraine.
At a media briefing Thursday, Price told reporters that the Biden administration suspects Russia is planning to produce and broadcast "a video with graphic scenes of false explosions - depicting corpses, crisis actors pretending to be mourners, and images of destroyed locations or military equipment - entirely fabricated by Russian intelligence" to justify a further invasion of Ukraine.
"Well, it's an action that you say that they have taken, but you have shown no evidence to confirm that," Lee said to Price. "And I'm going to get to the next question here, which is, what is the evidence that — I mean, this is like, crisis actors? Really? This is like Alex Jones territory you're getting into now. What evidence do you have to support the idea that there is some propaganda film in the making?"
Price and Lee then engage in a fruitless, albeit entertaining, back-and-forth in which Lee repeatedly asks for evidence to support these allegations, and Price repeatedly claims that the allegations themselves are all the evidence he needs.
The Hill's post of the exchange on Twitter has been retweeted nearly 10,000 times:
Watch the full exchange below: