This is an example of Green Screen technology.
Please watch the below promo, and pay attention to the image of the burning boat.
Here are some screen captures of the scene:
Here’s the Promo:
If that scene was presented with an accompanying news story, and broadcast on national news, would you believe it had actually occurred?
Sure you would.
All it would take would be for someone to hand a newsreader a script, and people would believe it. The script reader wouldn’t need to know the story was false, nor would the cameraman, or anyone else except one producer for each station that broadcast the footage.
If four stations all broadcast the news as real, and the president gave a speech about the “terrible loss of life”, who would doubt it?
Now is it starting to make sense why the government would be so interested in your having a digital TV?
After watching the green screen clip, take a look at the Naudet impact clip below, and see how easily it would have been to use the sky as a green screen to remove anything that didn’t resemble a plane.
However improbable it would be to fool so many people, it would be far from impossible. All it would take would be brass balls and a compliant media.
“Fortune favors the audacious.”
– Desiderius Erasmus