Ever be so desperate for footage you use video of game-play from a video game to illustrate your point? CNN has found themselves the rightful subject of extreme mockery after they did just that.
As CNET hilariously noted:
“We’re not living in a post-apocalyptic nuclear shelter in the year 2287, but the news sure makes it seem like we’re inside Fallout 4.
In a CNN report on Russian hacking first posted December 30 and updated Monday night, the news network used a screenshot from the popular Bethesda game as B-roll footage to demonstrate what hacking looks like.
The two-second shot might have resembled a cyberattack, but to Fallout 4 players, it was pretty obvious where the random characters came from.”
I Love My Freedom reported:
First spotted by Reddit, the screenshot shows the menacing neon green letters that gamers will instantly recognize as being from the game.
In Fallout 4 — as well as Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas — the player can hack computers to gain information or unlock doors and safes. It’s performed like a word puzzle, where the player has to find a specific word in a huge mess of letters and random characters. It’s simple but fun, but it has absolutely nothing in common with actual hacking, which is what makes it perfect for mainstream news viewers.
One Reddit user joked: “If you want to talk about hacking on a major news network, your choices are either that or a scene from The Matrix.”
Regardless, in this case, CNN has rightfully earned their story the honorary title of “fake news.”
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