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The ABC in the U.S. has been caught out putting up fake footage on their news item on the Turkish invasion of Syria. They used footage from a machine gun club night shoot event in the U.S. and were claiming it was the Turks hammering the Kurds. They've apologised for the mistake and taken it down from their website. Only problem is, it couldn't have been a mistake as they cropped out all the foreground that showed the spectator crowds and any shooting range infrastructure to try to disguise the fact it was a fraud. It's one thing to do something dishonest, but to try and lie your way out of it just deepens the hole.

 

A lot of news agencies will omit sections of video to change the context to suit their narrative, but technically it's not as crooked as those that substitute totally false footage. Thankfully, the totally fake footage doesn't happen near as much as creative editing of real footage. Another example I can remember is the Russian Presidential election campaign from a couple of elections back. It was that era when the U.S. was hoping for an Arab Spring type event in Russia to give Vladimir Vladimirovich the boot. Fox ran footage of violent riots and demonstrations in Moscow to show protests against Putin. It had burning cars, shops, the lot. It only took minutes until the footage was identified as that of the Greek economic riots months before. It went viral quickly, but Fox just shrugged it off as a mistake. It goes without saying it would have been an innocent mistake; the Murdoch press would never, ever do anything like that intentionally, as we all know.

 

 

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It's done often by a lot of them . It seems they have to have some "visual" to back up a voice. No It's not a mistake unless it's one of policy.. They think it won't be picked up. You will probably get this more and more as the money is removed from the establishment and media profits dwindle. Nev

 

 

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With the machine gun club footage, the sound was lower than the newsreaders narrative, so you couldn't hear the crowd noise in the original footage. The foreground was cropped out. In the original  (night) footage, you can see lots of phone screens lit up as the spectators film the event.

 

I think you're right, Nev. There probably would have been no malicious attempt to falsify what's happening, just a case of the ABC finding some convenient footage to suit. The Russian example could fit that category, but most likely was intentionally deceptive. There were some protests, but a lot tamer than the extinction rallies in our country lately. To run false footage portraying it as violent riots is a bit out of the mistake level.

 

 

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A good example of fake news on CNN's World News section. Breaking news of airstrikes in Syria's Eastern Ghouta  killing and injuring large numbers of civilians.

 

The main world news page with the Middle east headline:

 

https://edition.cnn.com/world

 

The page with the story:

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/19/middleeast/syria-eastern-ghouta-airstrikes/index.html

 

Some points to note here: The url shows the date in February, 2018, when CNN first ran the story with the disclaimer ' CNN could not independently verify the claim. ' It's scary to think how many sheep read this garbage and take it as gospel.

 

The news story is the exact word for word report from two years ago. Eastern Ghouta has been under government control for two years and the city is currently being rebuilt, not bombed. I read about CNN's blunder today on RT, and to be fair to CNN, as RT commented, it was more likely to be an editor's mistake with a wrong mouse click rather than intentional.

 

The problem is that millions will read it and believe it has just happened, and not read CNN's retraction in the future if they ever make one.

 

 

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