Fact Check: A Pornhub Notification Did NOT Appear On CNN's 'Magic Wall' Display During CNN Election Coverage

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: A Pornhub Notification Did NOT Appear On CNN's 'Magic Wall' Display During CNN Election Coverage Edited Video

Did a Pornhub notification pop up on a CNN display screen during live coverage of the 2020 election? No, that's not true: It appears that an unwanted notification may have appeared in the display, which CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, promptly moved off the screen. The Pornhub logo was edited into a clip of CNN coverage after the fact and posted to poke fun at King and/or CNN.

The edited video originated as a tweet published by Punt Club on November 6, 2020 (archived here) which opened:

"We've all been there with the betting app up on the screen...or something else...#PuntClub #Punters #Elections2020 ???? https://t.co/zFadCGtuOO"

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

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Sat Nov 7 00:13:39 2020 UTC)

As Wolf Blitzer introduced Allegheny County, Pennsylvania executive Rich Fitzgerald to discuss the election results by phone, a rectangular black notification dropped down on his digital screen. It appeared to have handwritten numerals on it. King deftly pushed the unwelcome intruder off the "magic wall" display and seemed to glare at someone positioned off camera. In case it wasn't obvious, the logo for Pornhub, a video-sharing site for pornography, was edited over the John King video. It is obviously fake, since it moves unsteadily and out-of-level into position unlike a real notification.

Here's the unedited video:

King responded to a Twitter user with his own tweet, blaming the prank on, "Some clown taking time away from lying about something else apparently because they don't like math."

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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