It there’s a network that takes itself way too seriously, it’s CNN. First, they have the always somber Wolf Blitzer, then they have days and days of coverage of disasters, going far past the absurd.
Not surprisingly, their coverage of the London Pride Parade, which is really just a huge party, was very serious – especially when their reporter caught sight of what she thought was an ISIS flag, made especially suspicious by the fact that the man carrying it was wearing black.
The reporter, Lucy Pawle from London, just happened to come across the Pride parade when she saw the flag. It concerned her enough to call into CNN’s Atlanta headquarters.
“I was just trying to cross Regent Street,” Pawle said, “and I had to stop because the march was going down the street. When all of a sudden, this man, quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd – he was dressed in black in white whereas everyone else is brightly colored, you can see from the photo.”
Even she went on to admit that the flag was a bad mimicry of an ISIS flag. “If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic. In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledygook, but it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag.”
She apparently didn’t look closely enough at the flag because it’s not even “gobbledygook.” It’s sex toys. Trust me, this guy is no security threat. This is about as anti-ISIS a statement as you can get.
CNN didn’t pay attention to the fact that it was not in Arabic because their caption very clearly said “ISIS Flag Spotted At Gay Pride Parade.” People would actually have to turn up the volume to hear that it wasn’t an actual ISIS flag and, well, that’s a lot to ask.
The absolute best part of the video is at the end, where she says the seems “to be the only person who has spotted this.” She sounded concerned that no one, including apparently, an event organizer and the police, cared. So, what does a CNN reporter on the ground do when there isn’t actual news? Report it to millions (okay, maybe thousands) of frightened Americans who make it news.
Here’s the video:
NOTE: CNN has taken down the video, but the YouTube video is still up.
Featured image via YouTube video screenshot.