LONDON, ENGLAND — Embattled cable news network CNN has reportedly been caught staging what critics say is a pro-Muslim rally in the wake of the latest London terror attacks.
In a video that surfaced on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFyN-Y0Is0), CNN reporter Becky Anderson can allegedly be seen directing several self-described “Muslim mothers” to stand behind her as, seeming on cue, the group begins rallying support for London Police.
The video, which quickly went viral, caused a wave of backlash on social media, with even some of the networks most frequent viewers slamming the network over claims of “fake news”.
CNN, which has faced allegations of staging news stories to promote left leaning political agendas in the past, denied the allegations on Monday in a statement to Fox News.
“This story is nonsense,” a rep for CNN told Fox via email (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/06/05/cnn-denies-staging-pro-muslim-shot-after-london-terror-attack.html). “The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.”
“You an clearly see at the beginning of the video on social media that a group of press photographers is asking the demonstrators to stand in front of them so that they can see them — there’s nothing sinister going on there,” the spokesperson added.
Despite CNN’s denial, the network is no stranger to similar controversies.
One of the most famous examples of CNN trickery involves an interview in which network anchor Anderson Cooper claimed to be reporting live from the funeral of a child he said had died during the alleged Sandy Hook school shooting (http://www.naturalnews.com/039127_Anderson_Cooper_blue_screen_fake_news.html).
During the piece, Cooper, supposedly interviewing loved ones at the scene, turns to the side and his nose seemingly disappears. This, say photographic experts who were quick to catch the slip up, occurs when a reporter is placed in front of a “green screen”, a technological prop that allows producers to project an image behind the reporter, making it seem as though he or she may be somewhere they are not. Green screens are typically used only in sound stages. Never when a reporter is actually on scene.
The Sandy Hook shooting was later used to justify a wealth of anti-Second amendment executive orders by then president Barack Obama, with whom the network had worked closely throughout his presidency.