IN SHORT: In a video showing a “CNN team” of journalists taking cover as explosions are heard, a voice seems to tell them what to do. But the audio was added to the video after its broadcast.
The US-based TV news channel CNN has been caught faking a Hamas attack in Israel.
The video includes the CNN logo and breaking news text: “CNN TEAM TAKES COVER AS ROCKETS HIT NEAR ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER.”
It shows CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward and two men running down a road and then taking cover in a ditch. One of the men has a phone to his ear. Rocket fire is heard.
A man’s voice appears to direct the crew.
“Look round as if you’re in danger. Try to look nice and scared,” he says, for example. He also says: “Can you boost the volume on those explosions, please?”
The video has been posted with comments such as:
- @cnn got caught faking an attack by #Hamas in #Israel. Nothing these shameless hypocrites do surprises us anymore.
- CNN got caught faking an attack from Hamas in Israel. This is how much the western media tolerate mediocrity!
The Israel-Hamas war
Israel responded with its own rocket strikes into Gaza and declared war on Hamas on 8 October. The next day it closed Gaza’s borders, cutting off even essential supplies of food, water, medicine and fuel.
In late October the Israeli army began to invade Gaza.
By 10 November the war had killed more than 11,000 people in Gaza, at least 4,500 of them children. A further 2,700 people are missing.
But was the CNN video really staged?
Fake? ‘I know it is, I made it’
The video was posted on TheQuartering’s X (formerly Twitter) account on 11 October. It was also uploaded on Hambly’s YouTube channel, but then removed for violating the platform’s community standards.
Soon after social media users took issue with the video, Hambly posted a follow-up message on X.
“A few people missed the fact that this is an into [sic] from the longer coverage lol,” he said. “Yes of course the voice over isn't real but the fake acting IS real.”
He also posted that the fake narration was by his video editor: “My voiceover editor @stevenvoiceover fooled national news with his meme intro lol.”
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