This is a CNN broadcast about the Gulf War in 1991, by correspondent Charles Jaco ostensibly reporting live from Saudi Arabia. Jaco faked it. He was reporting from some studio.
H/t Vigilant Citizen.
When this video was uploaded to YouTube, Jaco claims that he indeed was reporting live — from “the roof of a hotel and military facility near the intersection of the two main runways at the Dhahran Air Base, Western Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The plywood background was erected as a guard against sand and wind storms. The clowning around on the video is just that. We used black humor to deflect the tension of covering SCUD missile assaults.”
Alas, Jaco’s protestation lacks credibility in view of his employment history.
In 1994, Charles Jaco left his prestigious high-visibility job as a globe-trotting correspondent for an international TV network, CNN, to join KMOX, a radio station in St. Louis, MO. In 2003 he became a reporter and anchor for KTVI television in St. Louis. In 2009, Jaco went to another radio station in St. Louis, KTRS 550, doing a daily morning talk show. On October 6, 2010 Jaco resigned from KTRS.
The video of Jaco’s fake live-reporting recently resurfaced on the blogosphere. Jaco is threatening to sue anyone who posts the video and has sent a letter to a blogger that reads:
“I have just now come across a false and defamatory posting on your website from July 28, 2009 titled ‘Did Charles Jaco Fake a Desert Storm CNN Report’. I’m adding your email and your website to the list being sent to my attorneys.
[…] my attorneys intend to act immediately against those of you receiving this who have sent and forwarded these emails accusing me of falsifying coverage. We are in the process of issuing subpeonas to ISPs for the real names and addresses of the senders. We shall then proceed with lawsuits against those parties. In addition, letters are being sent to LiveLink and Google (owner of YouTube) and their attorneys demanding the videos be removed.”
Jaco, you will have to sue a lot of people including Pat Buchanan, who wrote this in 2009:
“Charles Jaco was the CNN reporter famous for covering the 1990 Persian Gulf War. The first part of this video shows the stage set he was on, and he was clowning around with fellow CNN staff. The Saudi Arabian “hotel” in the background were fake palm trees and a blue wall in a studio. This clip was leaked by CNN staff. This video is FAIR USE depicting an historical event. I encourage this video to be downloaded, and re-uploaded to other websites to get more people to see this.”
The above Buchanan quote is on a blog called The Dana Show, with an embedded link back to Buchanan’s official website. Alas, when I clicked that link, I was brought to this message on Buchanan’s website:
Error 404: Not Found
Sorry, the page you were looking does not exist.
Looks like Jaco got to Buchanan.
Please help Jaco’s attorney’s fee-billing by making this go viral. E-mail this to your friends and re-post this on your blog!