Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fireworks Deception: 'Milli Vanilli' PBS Fields Fire For Fake 4th Show Billed as Live

Is nothing sacred anymore??? This is why the media cannot be trusted.

PBS came under heavy social media fire for its broadcast of the Washington, D.C., Independence Day fireworks' show – a broadcast billed by the publicly funded television station as "live," but which actually contained splices and clips of previous years' displays.

The station defended its actions by saying in several messages the cloudy weather and overcast conditions made it tough to see the fireworks.

"With the weather being overcast we showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. #July4thPBS," the station said, on it "A Capitol Fourth" Facebook page.

And on Twitter, PBS wrote: "We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS."

But it was the deception more than the actual deed that angered and outraged PBS viewers.

It wasn't until 10 p.m. Eastern Time, well into the show that was being billed as a "live" broadcast, that PBS admitted the images its station was beaming were taken in part from past years' shows, NBC News reported. And that admission only came after angry viewers pointed out the scene PBS was broadcasting was of a clear and beautiful evening – rather than the overcast and cloudy skies that dotted Washington, D.C., on Independence Day.

One Twitter user wrote, NBC News found: "@July4thPBS Only in DC could a PBS show become a scandal."

Another referenced a pop singing duo busted for lip-synching during a concert billed as live: '@July4thPBS the Milli Vanilli of fireworks #shame."

And yet another tweeted: "@July4thPBS How is using stock video patriotic? If I wanted that, I'd watch YouTube. #fakee #July4thPBS."

You decide ... these are screen shots from the PBS broadcast ....

The fireworks as PBS showed them.
The skies as they really were.

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