MSM Lie # 44 - Today Show fake canoe stunt
NBC's Today show was caught in an embarrassing video lie on Friday, just one day after I had referred to Matt Lauer as a "skilled propagandist."
NewsBusters explains the context:
In a deliciously ironic twist of fate, shortly before airing a segment aimed at embarrassing the Bush administration by suggesting that it had staged a video conversation between the president and soldiers in Iraq, the Today show was caught staging . . . a video stunt.
The Today show reporter was sitting in a canoe appearing to paddle in New Jersey floodwaters during a live broadcast:
There was one small problem. Just as the segment came on the air, two men waded in front of Kosinki . . . and the water barely covered their shoe tops! That's right, Kosinski's canoe was in no more than four to six inches of water!
Check out NewsBusters for the video.
This wasn't just a mistake or a blooper. The film crew and the reporter were caught misrepresenting what they were showing to the audience. They staged a scene that was not real. Seeing is not believing.
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