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Unearthly blue lights played across the ocean floor two and half miles below the north pole as the heroic Russian explorers descended in mini submarines to plant a metre-high flag.
At least that’s what the Russian state television company Rossiya wanted us to believe. The truth was rather different.
In an apparent attempt to “sex up” a news programme, the TV station has been caught passing off footage from the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster Titanic as a real life report on the Kremlin’s recent attempt to stake its claim to the riches of the Arctic Ocean.
Originally posted by Corbin Dalus
Is this for real? how credible is this story? Have the "real" news outlets reported anything yet?
Short of real footage to corroborate its news story about Russia’s recent attempts to stake an underwater claim to the deep sea depths of the Arctic Ocean, state television broadcaster Rossiya did the next best thing; they filched footage from the King of the World. Their presentation of opening scene submarine footage from Titanic as 2007 expedition travelogue made old and new media headlines, until a faraway film fan set the record straight.
"On August 2, 2007 in a TV story about two Russian submersibles planting a flag on the seabed under the North Pole, we (Reuters) used file shots of MIR submersibles as part of this story... "
RTR had also used the footage to illustrate stories about the North Pole expedition, but it is thought as library footage, and it never claimed it was actually of the flag-planting.
...At least that's what the Russian state television company Rossiya wanted us to believe. The truth was rather different.
In an apparent attempt to "sex up" a news programme, the TV station has been caught passing off footage from the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster Titanic as a real life report