CNN pushes back on al­le­ga­tions net­work ‘staged’ anti-ter­ror rally

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Doug Ernst

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.”

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