Depending on where you get your news from, the US election was either 100% rigged by Russian hackers who were given their orders by Putin himself to put a puppet-President in place that Russia could easily control, or there’s absolutely no concrete evidence to suggest that they had anything to do with any leaked emails at all. In either case, there really aren’t that many political media outlets that have been beacons of integrity (or nuance) this past year, but this one falls under the ‘silly’ category rather than outright malicious.
CNN ran a story about what the White House is referring to as “Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” During this piece, while they discussed how Russians hack things, there’s a second of footage used to represent the computer screen of a 1337 Russian hacker, which obviously means a black background and a screen filled with gibberish green text. Sound familiar?
It looks familiar, too, as one viewer noticed the shot that CNN used was directly out of Fallout 4, rather than some top secret Russian hacker-base. In this age of fake news accusations flying around, you might expect the networks to be extra careful, like not trying to pass off footage from a video game as the computer screen of an alleged Russian hacker. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal, but this is a very serious story with massive implications, so you’d think they would want to cover their bases and avoid any potential embarrassing missteps.
What does President-elect Donald Trump think of all this?
“I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on.”
Trump has also recently said that it would be a good idea for people to ditch email altogether and go back to using couriers for important messages… (we’re unsure if he owns a stake in any courier companies.)
Here’s how the internet is reacting:
“It’s quite standard practice for the news media to demonize text-mode screens. My parents watch the news so religiously that they sometime consider my use of standard command prompts to be suspicious…” – BFeely1 on reddit.
“If you want to talk about hacking on a major news network, your choices are either that or a scene from The Matrix” – dlollolb on reddit.