CNN Mocked for Using Screengrabs from Fallout 4 in Russian Hacking Story

CNN has been mocked after the news network was caught using screengrabs from the popular post-apocalyptic video game Fallout 4 in a story about “Russian hacking.”

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Vigilant Reddit user Poofylicious spotted something familiar about a recent story about President Barack Obama imposing sanctions on Russia over alleged “Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

CNN uses Fallout hacking footage to show how Russians hack. from fo4

The network had used a screengrab of the very popular video game to tell its story. The post-apocalyptic role-playing adventure features a mini game where players “hack” terminals to get access to computer systems and internal correspondence. The video clip has since been updated and no longer shows the awkward moment.

In reality, the hacking game is more like a word puzzle in the jumble of letters on the computer screen. Although it doesn’t portray hacking in reality, CNN deemed the footage ideal to use for a story about Russian hacking.

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Poofylicious took a screen grab of the CNN story and the news soon spread on Reddit and other social media platforms.

https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/816135033740283904

https://twitter.com/NYJetsFan74/status/816272895957729280

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While the Fallout image was only used for a few seconds of B-roll during the story, the network has been lambasted for more serious forays into ‘fakenews’. Redditors and social media users were quick to mock the news organization for using the video game footage, with many describing the move as another example of ‘fake news.’

https://twitter.com/TheTrumpenreich/status/816135964544245760

https://twitter.com/DwyerEllen/status/816138830558466048

https://twitter.com/Americooligan/status/816168719277850624

https://twitter.com/LiberalRipper/status/816121311680483328

Even Bethesda Game Studios, creators of the Fallout games got in on the joke.

https://twitter.com/Shortwave13/status/816070644618199040

Others used the opportunity to mock the Russian hacking narrative.

https://twitter.com/MarkTrueblood/status/816078727524352000

https://twitter.com/taswegian001/status/816129282946658304


Source: RT

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