Nov 15, 2009

Sean Hannity totally busted

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Sean Hannity Uses Glenn Beck's Protest Footage
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I have been working in television for the past 15 years. I know in detail how these things work: 1) you are assigned a story, 2) you send out a crew to shoot the necessary footage, 3) the footage is brought back to the studio and loaded into the Avid, or whatever editing system you are using, 4) you cut together your piece based on THE FOOTAGE AT HAND.

For footage from a different event that took place months earlier to find its way into an entirely new piece, well, someone had to: 1) make the decision to lie in the first place 2) locate the old footage, 3) cut the footage into the new piece, 4) a producer or the like had to approve the clip for air.
You don't even have to be a TV producer to know that Hannity was lying. A "mistake" is when someone inserts something they think is crowd footage and it turns out to be footage of a shark attack. But for someone to insert footage of a rather sparsely attended political event, whose politics are identical to those of the channel they happen to work for, and the footage they accidentally choose makes those crowds look bigger — well what are the odds against that happening, do you think?

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