crasch (crasch) wrote,

CNN video of cheering Palestinians was shot on the day of the attack.

Claim: CNN used old footage to fake images of 'Palestinians dancing in
the street' after the terrorist attack on the USA.

Status: False.

Origins: Cutting straight to the chase, no, CNN did not air decade-old
footage of Palestinians dancing in the streets. Eason Jordan, CNN's
Chief News Executive, confirmed that the video used on CNN was in fact
shot on Tuesday, 11 September 2001, in East Jerusalem by a Reuters TV
crew, not during the Persian Gulf conflict of 1990-91 -- a fact proved
by its inclusion of comments from a Palestinian praising Osama Bin
Laden, whose name was unlikely to have come up ten years earlier in
connection with the invasion and liberation of Kuwait. As well, the
person who made the claim quoted above has since recanted.

The footage was real. It's a shame, in fact, that its provenance
was doubted because the lives of journalists who have attempted to
capture similar acts on video have been threatened. That this tape
made it out at all is a miracle.

Yet even if the footage had been recycled from an earlier time, we
have to ask why there would have been an uproar over it. Credible
journalists were on hand and were observing the celebrations. If
they hadn't been able to make video recordings to display as a
backdrop to their reports, would harm have been done if stock
footage were run instead, footage that would give the viewing
audience a far better idea of the feel of events than a flat
voice-only report would have?

News shows continually make use of stock film clips when the images
called for by the piece are so mundane it would be foolish to send
a news team to film fresh shots. No one needs to film that
particular day's herd of tourists entering the White House when
stock footage of other tourists doing exactly that is sitting in a
newsroom's archive and can be run as a backdrop to a reporter's
piece on a Whitehouse-related story. Likewise, stock footage can be
used when actual footage is impossible to come by.

The primary issue should not really be whether older video footage
was used to represent a current event, but whether the news of
event was reported accurately. That is, was it correct to report
that at least some Palestinians were "celebrating" the news that
terrorist attacks had been made against the United States of
America? Certainly CNN wasn't the only news organization to report
that information, as other outlets such as Reuters and the Los
Angeles Times carried the same story. Also, other news outlets such
as Fox News and The Jerusalem Post reported that journalists were
threatened for capturing images of Palestinian celebrations, making
real footage of the event harder to obtain [...]

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