The world was shocked this weekend when CCTV, the Chinese controlled media outlet, used a clip from the movie Top Gun in "news" footage, claiming it was actual footage of their fighter jets shooting down an F5. The clip. The Wall Street Journal did a frame by frame comparison which shows the true origin of the footage.
Now this reporter has an update to the story. Based on an interview with an anonymous source, Paramount Pictures, the distributor of the movie Top Gun, recently made a secret deal with CCTV and at least two independent news conglomerates. Under the terms of this deal, when news stations have a story without compelling footage, they are licensed to substitute clips from Paramount Pictures movies.
Anticipated movie clips include scenes from the following:
Scenes from Star Trek when discussing weapons of mass destruction (the collapse of the planet Vulcan).
Scenes from the movie Iron Man when discussing the war in Afghanistan.
Scenes from Napoleon Dynamite when discussing local zoo events (footage of llama and liger).
Scenes from Deep Impact when discussing the possibility of a meteor hitting Earth.
Scenes from the Titanic to be featured in an upcoming History Channel Special.
These are just a few of the ways that news stations intend to enhance their video offerings. So stay tuned, old releases may be coming to you on your local TV station!