CNN Caught Using Fake Footage in News Report on Russian Hacking

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CNN Caught Using Fake Footage in News Report on Russian Hacking

This isn’t the first time the Mainstream Media has been caught doctoring footage. However, this attempt is a new low, as CNN uses footage from a video game to make news video appear more authentic.





Culpepper Adams

January 3, 2017

You just can’t make this stuff up – unless of course, you’re CNN.

The old media is feeling the effects of its own delusional creations, that is, it’s never-ending attack on so-called “fake news.” However, instead of some “crazy right-wing website,” this time it was CNN doctoring up the special effects.

As reported by The Independent, CNN had nothing to say when it was asked about the choice to use imagery from a popular video game, Fallout 4, in a report about Russian Hacking.

The implications of something like this are greater than what meets the eye, and really amplify a larger problem at play.

The average American consumes their daily intake of news and information in sound bites. In fact, Pew research suggests, the average American spends about 32 minutes per day watching Television News, which is the form if news that delivers the “sound bites,” if you will.




Typically, the top news stories of the day are played during prime time hours. The stories are delivered to the viewer in such a way that convinces the viewer, this is what happened, end of story. Due to the fast paced delivery and smiling faces, reinforced by the “experts from Washington,” the viewer walks away thinking: “well, I guess that is what happened.”

This is how a narrative is created.

This type of broadcast can be extremely dangerous to a population, especially when the average person, as noted earlier, gets their news in sound bites. In other words, they hear key phrases, see key images they recognize (mainly due to the fact that they are repeated for weeks on end to carry the narrative), and due to the emotive sequences that target your emotions. What you’re left with is a “download” of information.

Although CNN used an image from a video game to “show an animation or reference hacking” as many people put it, this form of plausible deniability is simply a cop-out for the real intention. The real intention of course, is to leave the viewer convinced that Russia is to blame for the Hacking Scandal and Election rigging. A simple image, like the one that was used, is enough to play a trick on the mind and leave the viewer with a feeling of having seen actual evidence on the news.

The NDAA of 2017 and the CPDA

With the passing of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017, which included the Orwellian Countering Propaganda and Disinformation Act, these seemingly small or barely noticeable tidbits are part of a larger agenda.

The Countering Propaganda and Disinformation Act uses language that legalizes the use of propaganda and disinformation abroad and at home, so this is something to watch out for. Furthermore, the bill itself focuses heavily on Russia, largely due to the allegations by the US, and the CNN article in question is a perfect example of how this is used in the real world (as the video in question is directed at Russia).

What is dis-information?

Another important point to make about the dangers the bill poses, are realized when you break down what disinformation actually is. In simple terms, disinformation could be described at the “breakdown” of information. In other words, removing good or real information and replacing it with the “status quo” and/or the narrative Big Brother wants you to know and think.

In conjunction with good old propaganda, which has clearly never stopped in Western Media, this dangerous duo is a one-two punch on truth and information. Of course, the dissenters or voices independent of the machine will be demonized, ostracized, and discredited by any means necessary.

Andrew Pontbriand
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Andrew Pontbriand

Founder of www.thenewmediatimes.com - Former writer for websites such as Activist Post and The Anti-Media. Entrepreneur, coin collector, researcher, and American National.
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