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The hosts of "The Breakfast Club" radio show, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy, tore into Fox News for "absolutely, positively" lying in its coverage of part of their interview with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) earlier this week.
"They've been calling it 'Reefergate,'" Charlamagne Tha God told MSNBC's Ari Melber on Thursday night.
Envy said Fox News "absolutely, positively lied" in its coverage of the interview.
"I mean, we wanted to humanize her, not just talk about politics, talk about what she likes, what she does and I asked what she listens to and she said she listens to Snoop Dogg and Tupac at the same time my co-host was still talking about the marijuana and it was just a funny exchange," Envy said.
Fox News published a story earlier this week titled, "Kamala Harris says she listened to Snoop Dogg, Tupac while smoking weed in college years before they made music."
It was based on the interview Harris, a Democratic candidate for president, gave to the popular radio hosts.
The most memorable moment of the interview came when one of the hosts asked her if she had ever smoked pot. Harris admitted to doing so in college.
She was then asked what music she likes and what music she liked to listen to while smoking pot.
"What does Kamala Harris listen to?" Envy asked in the interview before Charlamagne abruptly asked: "What were you listening to when you was high? What was on? What song was on?"
"Was it Snoop?" Envy continues asking Harris.
"Yeah, definitely Snoop," Harris said in response to Envy. "Tupac for sure."
The two hosts said it was clear that Harris was answering the question about what music she listens to, not what music she was listening to when she was high.
The Fox News story, however, concluded that Harris was answering the question about what music Harris was listening to when high.
The article stated that "the radio hosts failed to check Harris on the inaccurate info" in the interview, noting that Harris finished school before the 1993 release of Snoop Dogg's debut album "Doggystyle" and the 1991 release of Tupac's first album "2Pacalypse Now".
"Fox & Friends" also dedicated a segment, as seen in the above clip, to what many right-wing outlets portrayed to be an embarrassing gaffe made by the senator on Wednesday morning.
"But she was actually answering me and people took it that she was answering Charlamagne and said she was lying which is not true," Envy said.
Angela Yee, another "Breakfast Club" host who was not in the studio for the Harris interview, also told MSNBC that Fox had misinterpreted the answers.
"I'm not gonna lie, I wasn't there that day. So I was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe she said that.' Because after you see everything on social media, I wasn't there, so I was like, 'Wow she totally lied,'" Yee said.
Charlamagne said those on Twitter echoing the Fox story are doing the network's bidding.
"The black Twitter people you see that are going in on Kamala because of this, y'all are doing the work of Fox News. Fox News got y'all. They got y'all," he said.