This video first appeared on YouTube roughly a year ago, but I did not see it until just now. Using behind-the-scenes footage, it shows CNN "war correspondent" Charles Jaco allegedly in Saudi Arabia covering a missile attack. (For better quality, see here. You can see more behind-the-scenes footage -- plus a remake of the above scene with different costuming -- here, or just scroll down to the bottom of this post.)
I beg you to stick with this clip until the very end. The last minute of this video is mind-blowing. This is not an exercise in evidence-free paranoia-mongering.
In the past, I've often talked about the day the statue of Saddam was pulled down during Gulf War II. American teevee viewers thought that the act was a spontaneous demonstration by the citizens of Baghdad. In fact, the people who actually lived in the city were kept behind barricades. The whole thing was staged, with Ahmed Chelabi's rent-a-goons playing the Baghdadis.
That same day, the Los Angeles ABC affiliate showed what they claimed to be footage (allegedly taken that very morning) of Saddam's fearsome Republican Guard mounting a counter-offensive against the Americans in Baghdad. I had seen the same footage two days earlier on a foreign-language cable channel. It was shot in a completely different city by a French crew -- and the "Republican Guard" were actually a handful of dunderheaded extremists from Syria. The real Republican Guard was bought off and did not fight.
After relying on a questioned document, Dan Rather was tossed out of the news business. But Charles Jaco still works in what he is pleased to call "journalism." As do, no doubt, many of the dozens of people at CNN who knew about this massive deception.
Waldo, you're an idiot. You didn't even watch both videos all the way through. This is a studio -- the blue background is a wall. You can see the fucking edge of it! The sound effects are fake. There was no missile firing. None of those people were even slightly worried as soon as the cameras stopped running.
Jaco does local TV here in St. Louis. He's sort of the regional-news overview-and-interviews guy, with a regular talking-heads segment that is relatively credible. He took the Fox-affiliate TV gig after running afoul of the conservative ownership at an AM radio powerhouse. I surmise that he leans left, or at least comes from the reality-based community. So without some more context or outside reporting, I can't draw damning conclusions from these CNN outtakes. I accept that TV news, with its confined field-of-vision and technological constraints, distorts. I accept that the MSM has been dropping the ball on the Middle East since the first Gulf War. I don't accept that this outtake footage proves that there weren't missile strikes around that time which put Jaco and others in jeopardy. Like my own newspaper editors would say, "I need more information."
posted by Trojan Joe : 4:33 PM
TJ, the sound fx completely disappear the moment they are off the air! No sirens, no crowd noises, nothing. The palm trees are casting shadows on the blue "sky." It's a set!
The setting does indeed look like it's indoors. I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that this is a re-enactment imposed on CNN by either cumbersome equipment or Saudi restrictions. Certainly the leather-jacket do-over is fishy. Or maybe it's an outright propaganda scam, like the Saddam-statue nonsense in Baghdad. But I do note that in the first portion of the outtake video, Jaco receives an apparently real "all-clear" before he gets to eat his hamburger. So maybe something was really happening. (Outside the hotel/studio? Far, far away?) If I had the place and time particulars, or maybe a contemporaneous report from Arab media, I could question Jaco from a position of authority the next time we're carousing at the St. Louis journalists' fraternity lodge.
posted by Trojan Joe : 5:37 PM
Joseph, After reading the first couple of comments on this post, you must not be wondering any longer how MSM gets away with fake news, fake experts and fake headlines.
posted by beeta : 6:15 PM
I was hoping the anchorwoman was Donna Kelly, whom I miss seeing terribly (wasn't-- it was the other brunette of that era).
From what I've heard, in the second Gulf war and in its buildup, CNN had military psyops specialists brought into their newsroom for their expert guidance in propaganda building.
Michael Moore recently appeared on the Hannity show, and fulfilled his part of a bet they had when he held up a sign 'Hannity was right!' 'in front of the White House.' It was fairly clearly NOT in front of the WH at all, but in front of a FNC stock background photo of the WH, as MM chuckled in acknowledgment. Often, television reporters do that same fraud, but without the acknowledgment. So it is now an apparently accepted part of 'journalism' 'tradecraft' to do these kinds of visual lies.
This is not as bad, although of a piece, with the practice of intel groups killing friendly civilians and even their own military forces to blame their terrible enemies for the deed. (See Operation Gladio, Operation Northwoods, for examples of that practice.) Ersatz wars, ersatz realities.
I don't know what's going on here but when they get to the part about Dan Quayle you can see a satellite dish in the back ground. It looks like they are set up between two buildings or a building and a plywood temporary structure. This has no bearing on the authenticity of the news cast just the location.
posted by MrMike : 10:39 AM
Does this mean they didn't really land on the moon?
posted by Anonymous : 12:11 PM
Clearly this is a "Violation Of The Public Trust". An FCC Complaint needs to be filed and Charles Jaco shut down. He is an abusive, leftist bully on the daytime radio show he hosts on KTRS AM 550 out of St. Louis. I encourage you all to file an online FCC complaint to stop this type of abuse of the Public Trust. Time to use the system against them. File here online: http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm?err=1