The allegations came after three terrorists used a van to mow over pedestrians last Saturday on the London Bridge. They then went on a stabbing rampage in a busy restaurant area of London. The three terrorists managed to kill eight people and injure 48 others.
Then last Sunday, CNN international correspondent Becky Anderson reported live from London near the scene of the terrorist attack. She lauded a group of Muslims that allegedly gathered near the scene to show solidarity with London and protest against Islamic extremism.
But a recording of the scene showed CNN producers and police directing Muslims, including women in hijabs, where to stand for the live camera shot. Despite the appearance staging, CNN denied they staged the scene and said it was “nonsense” to believe they did.
In her video, which she narrates, Jordan is seen wandering around the “protest” area where multiple news outlets are staged for live camera shots.
Behind the media line stand the Muslims who later appeared in CNN’s live shot. Instead of protesting with signs and holding flowers as CNN showed them, the Muslim women are corralled across the street conversing with one another and even taking selfies and appearing to practice being on camera. Then the video shows unknown people handing out the signs and flowers the Muslims are later seen holding in the live TV shot.
Nowhere near the area where the media was staged were there Muslims protesting against radical Islamism like CNN said.
Here’s what CNN told TheBlaze last weekend:
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. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.
It’s not clear whether the Muslims in CNN’s live shot were already at the scene or if they were called to the location by an organizer. It’s also not clear who was handing out the flowers or signs.
TheBlaze has reached out to CNN for additional comment.