CNN Caught Staging Faked Satellite Interview

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CNN caught staging a fake interview

CNN and sister channel Headline News have been caught faking a bizarre “satellite” interview between two reporters who were actually standing six car park spaces away from each other in the same Phoenix parking lot.

The two suspects are Ashleigh Banfield of CNN and Nancy Grace of Headline News. At first it seems like a normal TV “remote,” as Banfield interviews Grace from another location. Then the channel’s graphics alert viewers: both anchors are in Phoenix. That’s odd. Also: They’re both outdoors, sitting in what looks to be a parking lot. And is that same building behind them?

It seems that Grace and Banfield are sitting in the same parking lot, facing in the same direction, and judging by the speed of the vehicles in their shots, they cannot be sitting more than 30 feet away from each other,” wrote the Atlantic Wire’s Dashiell Bennett and Philip Bump.

Then things truly get bizarre. Watch the cars moving in the background of both shots:

While this parking lot fiasco might be classified as a small lie, it demonstrates that deceit and manipulation are fundamental to mainstream media operations these days. You know you are dealing with compulsive liars when they lie even when there is nothing to be gained by it.

According to Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist, CNN is routinely paid by the US government and foreign governments to selectively report on certain events. Furthermore, the Obama administration pay CNN for editorial control over some of their content:

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Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry is a writer at The People's Voice. He covers politics, business and entertainment. Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk, Baxter has travelled in over 80 countries and won arguments in every single one. Live without fear.
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    • Yeah, for a minute I thought I was in Hillary’s Alternative Pickle Universe…   This was up over three years ago, Nancy is gone for HN isn’t she? I have too much pride to pay for my propaganda so I don’t have Cable TV.  And didn’t Banfield start her own pet hospital for animal news organizations who won’t report the real news?

  1. I would not trust Nancy Dis-Grace as far as I could pick her up and throw her.  She is the worst media person ever.  That is why I no longer watch CNN
     or Headline News.  

  2. What ever happened to the free press? I knew the press was biased but literally controlled by the government? Wow!

  3. This is literally 3.5 years old,, so i mean, funny, but old, John Stewarts not been on the air in well over a year. There was actually a follow up where Fox news did the same shit

  4. It looks like both are standing in front of a TV screen with the same video playing. If they were really in a Phoenix parking lot their makeup would be melting off their face.

  5. I’m no fan of CNN, but there is a simple explanation for this. (Having worked in network news for 30 years on many, many breaking stories like Columbine and the L.A. Riots– where I was with CNN– I know how this works.) Banfield has a camera crew and is reporting for CNN. Grace has a separate crew at a nearby location and is reporting for HLN (owned by CNN.) Producers wanted them both on at the same time but each location probably had only one camera, and one lighting setup. For a two-person interview, you generally want three cameras (a wide shot and two singles.) So it’s easier to just cut between the two single shots.

    Now, if they were pretending to be places where they were not, that’s another story. But this is not unreasonable nor deceptive given the logistics. Smart? No. But welcome to 2016 where stories are shot with iPhones…

    • Yeah, as a broadcast professional myself, struggling to see the “lie” here. Guess what folks: the show is being run elsewhere, via satellite. 

  6. CNN is horrible…..but why the hell is this a posted “news” story today? This clearly happened years ago….as you have John Stewart’s Daily Show making fun of the incident. Sorry, but this news site is no better than liberal media outlets when you take the time to recycle old news and act like it is new…quite poorly, I might add.

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