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CNN Shows Footage from Video Game in a Story About Russian Hacking

CNN just gave America another great example of the inherent dishonesty in corporate-owned media.

For background video in a story about President Obama sanctioning Russia over U.S. intelligence agencies’ findings that Russian-sponsored hackers influenced the November 8 election, CNN used a snippet of a video game computer screen from the post-apocalyptic action game Fallout 4. Reddit user “Poofylicious” discovered the Fallout 4 screenshot and posted it to the site’s Fallout 4 subreddit:

CNN used the Fallout 4 imagery as b-roll, which is background video footage that plays as a narrator is talking. Around the 1-minute mark of the CNN segment, a closeup of numbers and characters on a computer screen is shown while the presenter is discussing President-elect Donald Trump’s response to what President Obama described as “Malicious cyber-enabled activities.” Trump is then shown giving an odd quote at a recent Mar-a-logo press conference in which he made a widely mocked remark that seemed to betray an ignorance of modern technology.

“I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly,” Trump said at the time. “The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”

The network’s flub comes at a particularly stressful time for the media industry, as outrage over “fake news” has American media consumers especially skeptical of sources that obfuscate or embellish the truth. In September of 2016, a Gallup poll reported that Americans’ trust in the media was at an all-time low, with only 38 percent of respondents stating they trusted what they saw in the media. Only 26 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 trusted the media.

Fallout 4 developer Bethesda Softworks has yet to respond to CNN’s use of its game in a broadcast segment. CNN has not yet acknowledged that it used video game footage in its story.


Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or friend him on Facebook.

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