Russian hacking had been on the news especially before the US Presidential elections linking them to Donald Trump. After the victory of Trump, many are pinpointing various factors that lead him to his political success including fake news from the media and the involvement of Russia. To present such report, CNN used the computers of Fallout 4 game.
Although the computers of the game were designed by Bethesda without an internet connection and it is far from how the actual computers in America look like, CNN still opted to use the footage anyway. The breach of security presented through the Fallout footage left others confused if these were the exact computers used for the alleged hacking.
The Fallout 4 Game Footage In CNN’s Report
Said CNN video was spotted by Reddit user Poofylicious when the news was aired on December 28. It was presented in a graphics the Redditor creator with the words, “According to CNN, Russia used the game Fallout to hack things… Journalism FAIL.”
The clip showing the game’s computers occurs around a minute in the video which talks about the allege involvement of Moscow to Trump’s presidential seat in the White House. The so called “Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities” was shown by using the clip of the post-apocalyptic role-playing game.
Game Footage In News Reports
PC Gamer noted that using it isn’t a huge faux pas since it was a simple B-Roll footage. But then, many are still amused that the video game footage was utilized for such report.
This isn’t the first time that a news agency used a video game for news coverage. BBC once used the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) symbol from the game Halo. While a report about child soldiers was presented using the Metal Gear games.
Such news report is said to be understandable because it is not easy to find a material to present a complex matter that is associated with technology and computers. But not everyone is impressed when CNN used a clip from the Fallout 4 game since other people might wrongly decipher it as realism.