ITV 'Investigative Reporters' Confuse Video Game With Terrorist Video

from the investigate-a-little-more dept

A bunch of folks have been sending in variations on this story about how the UK’s ITV’s new “investigative current affairs” program broadcast a special about Gadaffi and the IRA… but used video game footage of ARMA 2, which came out a couple years ago. The YouTube video included in that story at RockPaperShotgun has been taken down, but another version over at the Telegraph has another version of the video:

The video footage claims to be “the terrorists’ own footage” from 1988, but seems pretty clearly to be video game footage rather than live action.

As for how it happened, ITV claims that it really did have legitimate footage, but somehow got mixed up:

“The events featured in Exposure: Gaddafi and the IRA were genuine but it would appear that during the editing process the correct clip of the 1988 incident was not selected and other footage was mistakenly included in the film by producers,” he said.

“This was an unfortunate case of human error for which we apologise.?

Of course, there’s a pretty obvious reason why the mistake was made. A search on YouTube turns up the same footage labeled as a P-IRA attack on a British helicopter in 1988… just like the ITV report claimed:

Of course, mistakes happen, but when it’s from an investigative reporting unit, it sort of makes you wonder…

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freak (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:11 Psh

I don’t feel any animosity at all, Marcus. Nor do I intend any πŸ™‚

Also, for merely having megaliths, you’d be wrong. To make a lot of them, yeah, you’d want technology, but, for example, the rock formations made by the Inuit, the inuksuks, were made only by hand.

Inunnguaq’s, at least the larger ones, were often made using tools to help the stones stand upright until the head stone was put in place, but some of the largest Inuksuks were made entirely by hand.

Of course, on the time scale, red ochre still beats them hands down. And if we’re talking about communication, I can’t prove any inuksuk was ever used for that purpose, even if it’s entirely possible.

Jake says:

I believe this is the footage they intended to use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIgNj43S9sE&feature=related

Notice that in spite of being labelled as archive footage taken by the Provisional IRA itself, it cuts straight from shots of assorted medium and heavy machine guns being test-fired to a BBC news report about a helicopter going down near the border with the Republic of Ireland.

Anonymous Coward says:

As an avid Arma 2 player (and having just got out of a game), I have to say that I support this mostly because Arma in the first place was built as a simulator for infantrymen. (And it is VERY accurate in many regards, if not a big buggy here and there).

Really I support this, many people who are not familiar with the game think that it looks amazing. Sure, it’s a massive cock-up, but this kind of publicity for the game can’t really be a bad thing.

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