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Used Old Footage From the Gulf War and Made It Appear as Though
Palestinians Were Rejoicing Over the Terrorist Attacks On the U.S.-Fiction!
of the eRumor An email from a Brazilian
student has been circulating on the Internet at lightening
speed. It alleges that CNN used Gulf War footage from 1991,
saying that it was actually showing Palestinians rejoicing in the
streets over the terrorists attacks on the United States in September,
It is not true. CNN has
officially denied the claim. Also, the person who originated the
email has now said that his information was wrong and he no longer
believes the story.
It is true that there were Palestinians dancing in the streets and
celebrating the terrorist attacks. A spokesperson for CNN told
TruthOrFiction.com that the footage they used was authentic and was
taken shortly after the terrorist attacks.
It is regarded as unethical among reputable news organizations to use
film or video from one event and represent it as being from another
event. When footage is used from a time or place other than what
is being reported, it is customary to indicate that for the
viewer. If it had been proven that CNN used 10-year-old pictures
as though they were current, it would have been a major embarrassment.
The eRumor got its start from a university student in Brazil. He
said that a teacher of his had videotapes from 1991 that proved that
CNN had mislead its viewers and had complained to CNN and other news
organizations about it. The student was deluged with requests
about the teacher's claims so he contacted her outside of class about
it and he says she denied having any videotapes. She is quoted
as having said only that she remembers seeing the footage in 1991,
even though she told the class differently.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
important point in the power of press, specifically the power of
All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news distributors and
one of them - as you well know - is CNN.
Very well, I guess all of you have been seeing (just as I've been) images
from this company. In particular, one set of images called my attencion:
the Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating some
cake and making funny faces for the camera.
Well, THOSE IMAGES WERE SHOT BACK IN 1991!!! Those are images of
Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait! It's simply unacceptable
that a super-power of cumminications as CNN uses images which do not
correspond to the reality in talking about so serious an issue.
A teacher of mine, here in Brazil, has videotapes recorded in 1991, with
the very same images; he's been sending emails to CNN, Globo (the major TV
network in Brazil) and newspapers, denouncing what I myself classify as a
crime against the public opinion. If anyone of you has access to this kind
of files, serch for it. In the meanwhile, I'll try to 'put my hands' on a
copy of this tape. But now, think for a moment about the impact of such
images. Your people is hurt, emotionally fragile, and this kind broadcast
have very high possibility of causing waves of anger and rage against
Palestinians. It's simply irresponsible to show images such as
Márcio A. V. Carvalho State University of Campinas - Brazil
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