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CNN's miracle workers

Like many people, I watched and was tremendously impressed by Representative Duncan Hunter's appearance on CNN yesterday. But as I was watching the video, I started noticing a few things.

First off, Hunter was appearing, live, from Manchester, New Hampshire. As a resident, I'm almost always glad to see us get a little of the national limelight. But as I'm watching and seeing several of the more prominent features of our skyline, I start playing with geography in my head. And that's when I realized something amazing: CNN had either used a stock photo for a backdrop, or Representative Hunter was conducting the interview either on or several feet above a rather busy interstate highway, far away from any tall buildings.

I made screen captures from Google Earth and the video, and started marking them up. They are astonishingly crude and poor quality, but they do prove my case.

"Point A" in both images is the highrise known as either the PSNH Building or 1000 Elm Street. It is one of two "skyscrapers" Manchester has. (The second one, the Nynex Building, is blocked by his head.)

"Point B" in both images is the former Pandora Mill Building. It sits right on the Merrimack River on the north side of Granite Street, where a bridge crosses the river and connects to Interstate 293, which cuts through the city.

"Point C" in both images is the Center Of New Hampshire Building, which sits on the northwest corner of the intersection of Elm and Granite Streets.

A fourth point, in line with the Center of New Hampshire building, would help establish the exact perspective, but there really isn't a good one in the screen shot.

Even with just those three points, though, it's pretty clear that (barring the use of a zoom lens) the source of Congressman Hunter's backdrop was somewhere along or over Interstate 293, very near Exit 5.

It seems somewhat appropriate, considering CNN's rather spotty history of reporting the whole truth, that they would leave a United States congressman literally "up in the air" -- right where they keep their ethics, their principles, and their credibility.

Comments (10)

Happy birthday Jay Tea!... (Below threshold)

Happy birthday Jay Tea!

Your MSM whine has reached ... (Below threshold)

Your MSM whine has reached a new low. Congrats.

Hunter was in a TV studio w... (Below threshold)

Hunter was in a TV studio with a photo backdrop. Fox News does the same thing.

Easy there Jay,You... (Below threshold)

Easy there Jay,

You apparently are unfamiliar with the television production. This is common practice in the TV world and has nothing to do with CNN. Most likely, CNN hired a local production company to do the spot, just like FoxNews and others do, and the interviewees are in a room and the backdrop is usually from a camera capturing a view of whatever city they are in.

Duh! CNN probably didn't ev... (Below threshold)

Duh! CNN probably didn't even pick the background... Further they probably had no idea what city it even was.

If you want to "call" someone on this, you'd do better starting at your local CNN affiliate or PBS station.

I really don't think CNN has a studio in Manchester.

And if this is the first time you've noticed this on TV, you need to pay more attion. Just how many people do you think can be centered ont he Capital?????

I don't think the backdrop ... (Below threshold)

I don't think the backdrop behind David Letterman is real either...

I don't think the ... (Below threshold)
I don't think the backdrop behind David Letterman is real either...
Well, we all know about CBS and 'fake but true' already.
"I made screen captures fro... (Below threshold)

"I made screen captures from Google Earth "

Or as Bush would say, "The Google".

It was probably filmed at t... (Below threshold)

It was probably filmed at the WMUR tv studio, who uses that backdrop quite frequently and is located right in that area.

Um, yeah. It's a backdrop. ... (Below threshold)

Um, yeah. It's a backdrop. CNN still sucks, but you're looking a little paranoid and silly here.






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