Posted: 2/3/2011 15:25:14
Modified: 2/3/2011 15:45:11
While there is no disputing that China has recently test-flown
a stealth aircraft, their battle prowess may have been artificially enhanced by
the state television outlet CCTV. A recent report it broadcast showed an earlier Chinese fighter jet
firing a missile and destroying an aircraft. Internet denizens were quick to
note that the producers of the report likely spliced in a clip from the climactic
air battle in the 1986 film Top Gun.
According to the Wall
Street Journal, the standalone report was taken off the CCTV website
for a time and re-edited. The original newscast that contained the report was
removed from the archives, but CCTV was not fast enough in removing the report,
as archived copies have helped the story go viral. WSJ has video of the original report and provided a frame-by-frame
comparison of the explosion in question.
It’s not the first time that Chinese news outlets have used fictional
material as real events in their stories, using such sources as the spoof-laden
newspaper The Onion and the Fox
cartoon The Simpsons. Beijing has
recently been trying to crack down on this practice within the Chinese press,
but may not have expected to have to admonish its own news service. CCTV has so
far not responded to inquiries about the broadcast.
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