CNN ended up with egg on its face Saturday when one of its editors mistook a banner depicting all sorts of sex toys at a London gay pride parade for an Islamic State flag.
CNN International assignment editor Lucy Pawle reported that she came across “a clear attempt to mimic” the distinctive black and white flag as she was leaving work, and took a few snapshots of it that were displayed during her report.
Just as disturbing was that no one seemed to be aware of the frightening flag but her.
Had the world gone mad?
As she made her on-air report, a banner stretched across the screen reading, “Just in: ISIS flag spotted at gay pride parade.”
“ISIS flag amongst a sea of rainbow colors was spotted by a CNN international assignment editor,” CNN’s anchor said, as she brought in Pawle and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.
“I’m just leaving work and I came across the gay pride march,” Pawle reported.
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“All of a sudden this man, who was quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd — he was dressed in black and white,” she said, “was waving what appeared to be … the ISIS flag.”
“If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic. In fact it could be gobbledy-gook,” Pawle said.
Apparently she didn’t look closely enough — but a CNN viewer did, and tweeted:
@CNN ok… Look closely… This is not an ISIS flag at the gay pride parade… Look.. Look… Look.. There ya go. pic.twitter.com/Uw3Sv1wGr2
— Kelly (@Kelly_lynn10) June 27, 2015
Other viewers joined in and tweeted:
LMAO someone had a buttplug flag at a gay pride parade and @CNN made it breaking news thinking it was an ISIS flag?
— Dylan M☻☻ney (@MoMoneyMooney) June 27, 2015
CNN does a report on ISIS flag at gay pride rally…turns out it was just a bunch of dildos
— Olivia Claire (@OClaire1029671) June 27, 2015
CNN removed the video from its website, however the headline, “Woman says she spotted ‘ISIS’ flag at gay pride parade,” is still listed.
H/T: The Daily Caller
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