An update on this story: clearly CNN supervised and oversaw this event, and the video quite clearly shows them doing so. A CNN spokesman, however, denies it: “This story is nonsense. The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media.” At the beginning of the video, the CNN announcer is clearly directing the protestors on where to set up. The only police visible are walking away, while two others are acting as props in the scene.
“Mohammad Raza of the London Fatwa Council, who took part in the demonstration, told MailOnline suggestions the event was staged were ‘completely false’. He said: ‘Nothing was set up. We all decided to go down there.'”
I’m sure they did. That is not at issue. What is at issue is the timing and the placement. CNN was clearly looking for and wanting to highlight Muslims who were against terrorism, and stage-managed their presentation for maximum effect. This is a quintessential example of the “fake news” phenomenon: when we were holding rallies against the proposed Ground Zero victory mosque in lower Manhattan, we never got any help on staging from CNN, and would not have expected any. Then, if the establishment media reported on our rallies at all, they misreported our crowds of 10,000 and 20,000 as 500 and 1,000, without running any video that would have shown the falsehood of their claims. But when a demonstration like this one that fits their narrative comes along, they do everything they can to depict it as larger and more important than it really was. CNN and the rest of the establishment media is not in the business of reporting news, but of presenting propaganda designed to manipulate people into accepting their Leftist political line.
“CNN reporter is caught up in ‘fake news’ row after being accused of ‘setting up’ a Muslim counter-terror protest,” by Richard Spillett, MailOnline, June 5, 2017:
CNN has denied online claims that it ‘set up’ a counter-extremism demonstration behind one of its reporters.
A group from the London Fatwa Council came to the police cordon near the London Bridge terror attacks with banners proclaiming ‘ISIS will lose’ yesterday afternoon.
But a video which emerged of the group apparently being positioned by TV reporters led to claims online that the channel was ‘creating a narrative’.
The video shows the group being ushered past the media and positioned so that cameras can see them.
A film shot by a bystander shows a group of protesters being brought past TV crews in London
Reporter Becky Anderson mentioned the protesters’ signs in her news report on the terror attack.
She said: ‘Behind me you can see a sign here, hashtag ‘turn to love”, hashtag ‘for London’, hashtag ‘ISIS will lose’, and flowers left in remembrance of those who left their lives.’
She called the demonstrators a ‘poignant scene’ and urged the camera to pause on them to viewers ‘how people feel here on the streets of London’.
The man who filmed the footage, a Twitter user called @markantro, tweeted: ‘CNN creating the narrative #FakeNews’
His video was shared more than 14,000 times on the social network and liked more than 16,000 times.
The man who filmed the footage, who describes himself as an ‘AnarchoCapitalist’, claimed white police officers left the protest scene around the time news crews were filming, leaving minority officers visible – another example, he claimed, of the footage being staged.
Former US diplomat Richard Grenell also retweeted the video, with the caption: ‘This is very disturbing.’
Both CNN and the demonstrators vehemently deny that anything was staged.
They insisted the same scene was filmed by other broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV, who had positioned themselves at the police cordon.
A CNN spokesman said: ‘This story is nonsense. The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media.
According to its website, the London Fatwa Council is a charity set up to offer legal advice ‘in accordance with Islamic law’.
The website states: ‘It acts as a voice for women silenced by violent, abusive and forced marriages.
The group says it is trying to build dialogue between faiths in and around Barnet.
‘The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.’
Mohammad Raza of the London Fatwa Council, who took part in the demonstration, told MailOnline suggestions the event was staged were ‘completely false’.
He said: ‘Nothing was set up. We all decided to go down there. We are members of a faith foundation which includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim members.
‘We went down there on our own initiative to lay flowers at the scene.’
He insisted any actions by TV crews was their own concern and his group had not been told what to do….