Fact Check: MSNBC Did NOT Use World War Z Movie Clip In Los Angeles Protest Report

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: MSNBC Did NOT Use World War Z Movie Clip In Los Angeles Protest Report It's A Joke

Did MSNBC use a clip from the World War Z movie trailer in a news broadcast about George Floyd protests in Los Angeles ? No, that's not true: The person who tweeted a video of a fake MSNBC report that incorporated the movie clip later admitted it was a joke, although many social media users didn't get the message and shared it as real.

One example is a post (archived here) published on June 1, 2020. It featured screenshots of the purported news report on top and from the movie trailer on the bottom half. It read:

Here's your fake news exposed on the media for you monday,
Top pic: MSNBC broadcast of the riots
Bottom pic: Hollywood world war Z official trailer!!!
It's not about George floyd! Its about keeping us divided!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 1 23:43:49 2020 UTC)

The original poster -- using a Twitter account named Bad Scooter -- indicated he was shocked at how fast so many people took his post as being real. He tweeted:

In some cases, Bad Scooter tweeted messages to the gullible making it clear to them it was not real.

He included some big clues it was a joke, including the words "BAD SCOOTER / NOT REAL" above the MSNBC logo in the right bottom corner.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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