CNN has completely botched their coverage of Hurricane Harvey in a number of ways, but today’s nonsense if absolutely mind-boggling.
On Hollywood movie sets, there are folks whose sole purpose is to monitor production for so-called “continuity errors”; issues in movies where a character’s glass is suddenly full after taking several sips, or an actress’ hair style changes from shot to shot without explanation.
Unfortunately, the fictional storylines of CNN don’t receive such oversight.
Today, for example, CNN purported to show a reporter “randomly” coming across a victim of Hurricane Harvey trapped within his vehicle. In a moment that was surely meant to draw Pulitzer votes, this reporter “heroically” intervened to save the encapsulated Texan, all while the cameras just happened to be rolling, and while he just happened to have his microphone with him.
It took only a few moments for viewers to spot the ruse.
“CNN has been accused of staging a dramatic piece of footage where reporter Drew Griffin rescues a Texas man who drove his truck into a canal.
“Griffin said his crew were setting up a live shot when they ‘heard a sound’.
“The video then cuts to the moment when the vehicle becomes marooned in the water. After about 20 seconds, Griffin is seen running towards the vehicle. He is wearing khaki shorts and trainers.
“However, in the next clip, where Griffin is seen pulling the man out of the water, he is now wearing dark pants and boots.
“’It happens within seconds,’ said Griffin, although people pointed out that it would have taken Griffin more than a few seconds to change his clothing.
“’It wasn’t much of a desperate emergency if CNN’s Drew Griffin had time to change from a pair of shorts and sandals into a pair of long pants and boots?’ remarks the Conservative Treehouse blog.
“’CNN faked rescue video where their anchor “saved a man in a truck,”‘ claimed one tweet that got over 5,000 retweets.”
This isn’t the first bit of journalistic malfeasance by CNN in their coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
Just yesterday, CNN drew the attention of the FCC after one reporter refused to yield to a visibly upset parent who had just arrived in an evacuee shelter in Harvey’s wake. The mother, who was attempting to find dry clothes for their shivering child, was harassed by the reporter to the point of a profane outburst that was caught live on air. The CNN reporter stood by callously, continuing to attempt an interrogation of the victim – a move that had many condemning the fake news organization for their insensitivity and irresponsible lack of ethics.