CNN pushes back on allegations network ‘staged’ anti-terror rally
CNN and its “Reliable Sources” host, Brian Stelter, are pushing back against claims the network “staged” an anti-terror demonstration in London after Saturday night’s terror attack.
At least seven people died and over 50 were injured this weekend after three men turned a vehicle into a weapon before stabbing additional victims near London Bridge. CNN correspondent Becky Anderson’s coverage of the aftermath on Sunday quickly spread on social media when a local man shared behind-the-scenes footage. Producers appeared to direct protesters and officers.
“CNN creating the narrative #FakeNews,” wrote Twitter user Mark Antro after uploading his video.
Mr. Stelter blasted “bloggers” for misrepresenting the network’s actions.
“Far-right twitterers are misleading folks about this video. Bloggers saying CNN was caught ‘staging fake news’ (1/2),” the host wrote. “Police allowed demonstrators thru cordon ‘so they could show their signs’ to media, @CNNPR says. CNN, BBC, AP ‘simply filmed them doing so.’ ”
The network also told Mediaite on Monday that charges of “fake news” are “nonsense.”