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To what extent did CNN fake their “rescue”?

According to CNN, their correspondent Drew Griffin helped rescue a man from a truck yesterday in Houston (Hurricane Harvey). Actual quote from Griffin (in the video at presently at the preceding link): “There was no time to call 9-11”.

But, there was time for Griffin to change his outfit, putting on pants and boots. See this guy’s analysis:

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  • At 0:34-0:35, he points out that Griffin is in shorts and sandals.
  • At 0:50, after an intentional CNN edit with their camera stopped on a Handicapped sign, you can see that Griffin is suddenly in pants and boots.

At time of writing, this is 100% consistent with CNN’s own video (at the link above).

Of course CNN is allowed to do edits to compress the storytelling. And of course costume changes are allowed, and can be done in seconds. By themselves, those things are understandable and not lies.

But still: How can it be that “There was no time to call 9-11”, yet there was time for a costume change? A change in the rain, that was supposedly all unplanned?

CNN had a crew of multiple people on-scene. If there was time for Griffin to do an unplanned costume change, there was time for one of the other crew to call 9-11 immediately. Something’s fishy. At a minimum, Griffin told a lie. At a bare minimum.



  1. Wouldn’t put it past them.

    Comment by Kimthe — August 31, 2017 @ 3:13 pm - August 31, 2017

  2. NB: My fingers had switched the names “Harvey” and “Griffin”; now corrected.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 31, 2017 @ 3:17 pm - August 31, 2017

  3. I can remember THIS storm, …remember the “reporter” waxing-loquaciously about the flood waters with a canoe in the background — and then someone photobombed the set-up by splashing past with water barely over their ankles? …On a bicycle. …More Today Show hijinx.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 31, 2017 @ 3:56 pm - August 31, 2017

  4. …OOPS.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 31, 2017 @ 3:57 pm - August 31, 2017

  5. They did stuff then get all upset when they are called fake news.

    Ted Turner ruined broadcast news with the 24 new cycle.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — August 31, 2017 @ 5:10 pm - August 31, 2017

  6. Perhaps this cnn reporter is particularly adept at taking off and putting on cloths at little league ball parks, graveyards, & behind home depot dumpsters?

    Comment by Steve — August 31, 2017 @ 6:33 pm - August 31, 2017

  7. Richard Quest was unavailable for comment. Should someone check the bushes?…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 31, 2017 @ 7:32 pm - August 31, 2017

  8. Funny how 911 was, under Obamarx, reportedly reliable enough to justify disarming americans / calling for throwing the 2A to the trash, while, with president DJT around, even the 911 in Texas is presented as useful as an Econ 101 textbook on Bernie Sanders’ bed table.

    Comment by Cyril — August 31, 2017 @ 7:33 pm - August 31, 2017

  9. Brought to you by CNN —

    Cognition Never Needed.

    Comment by Cyril — August 31, 2017 @ 7:37 pm - August 31, 2017

  10. Does CNN stand for Cunning News Network?

    Comment by davinci38 — August 31, 2017 @ 10:35 pm - August 31, 2017

  11. Who says Clark Kent is dead. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Stuper Man!

    Comment by Sennacherib — September 1, 2017 @ 7:31 am - September 1, 2017


    These kinds of conspiracy theories are the true horrid underbelly of the internet.

    Anyone watching CNN live that morning — I was — saw how harrowing and affected by what happened everyone involved was. Griffin was clearly stricken by the idea that the man would likely no longer be alive if the crew hadn’t happened to be there and happened to have a rope with them.

    Unfortunately, Jones, Watson, and their ilk feel no shame pushing such fake news tripe simply to push their own “CNN is the devil” narrative.

    Comment by rusty — September 1, 2017 @ 12:21 pm - September 1, 2017

  13. #12, rusty, Except that CNN does regularly, Daily, push fakenews. Promoting, pushing proven & obvious false narratives, even speaking about chaos (or any number of issues) that doesn’t exist or that there’s no way they would know it exists, or that “sources” say things exist – is false reporting. A lie. Only once every blue moon would a news agency be allowed to hint or report that something “big” was happening & that further reporting was due. That’s NOT the case with CNN.

    Do you even know what journalism is supposed to be? With CNN’s record you can’t even, honestly & confidently, believe a cat up a tree story.

    Defending CNN & saying that everyone (boo hoo) is saying it’s the devil? Please. That’s type of defense is last gasp of a cheerleader for a losing team.


    Comment by Hanover — September 1, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - September 1, 2017

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