Fake clip of CNN's John King closing Pornhub pop-up on magic wall goes viral, anchor says 'some clown did it'

An original video of King pushing away a graphic on his famed screen he uses to relay vote counts was reportedly edited


                            Fake clip of CNN's John King closing Pornhub pop-up on magic wall goes viral, anchor says 'some clown did it'
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CNN's Chief National Correspondent, John King, took out a few minutes from his busy election coverage schedule on Friday, November 6, to respond to a viral video of him posted on social media, where he was shown dismissing a Pornhub pop-up banner from his famed magic wall. King confirmed that the video was fake and credited "some clown" for it. When a Twitter user directly asked King if the mock-up video was real, the anchor of CNN's roundtable political discussion program 'Inside Politics' responded, writing: "Not. Some clown taking time away from lying about something else apparently because they don’t like math."



 

An original video of King pushing away a graphic on his famed screen he uses to relay vote counts was reportedly edited to suggest that he was really pushing away a notification from the pornographic website. As soon as the fabricated video was shared online, it went viral, and multiple social media users took to Twitter to crack jokes on the clip, with some reminding others to clear their browser histories.

The edited video shows King standing in front of a Pennsylvania map displayed on the screen as Wolf Blitzer talks about vote counting in the key battleground state. A few seconds later, King appears to notice the Pornhub logo on the monitor and turns to the camera with a shocked look on his face as he hurriedly removes the tab. The original viral clip, which was viewed over 3 million times on Twitter, was later deleted, however, its copies are still being shared across the micro-blogging platform. Although some make jokes on the clip, there were many who pointed out that the viral video was clearly fabricated.



 

One Twitter user lauded the editing job on the video, writing: "It’s a pretty good job as far as contextually; like they picked a really good moment, from him touching the corner to just how his expression goes, it really helps sell it." While another cracked a joke saying that they anchors should be allowed to watch such content considering they had not left the studio in the past three days because of the delayed election results: "Allow it, they haven't left the studio for 3 days."



 



 

The edited video came just days after social media declared the CNN anchor their victor of the election night. Multiple people took to social media on Tuesday night, November 3, to note how exceptionally adept King is at his job, working with the election screen on live television. There were several others who pointed out how "neutral and unflustered" King, was during his election votes presentation.

One user wrote: "John King. A broadcasting masterclass on @CNN Compelling, neutral, informative, reassuring, unflustered. Excellent in particular on demographic changes in the US which in itself is fascinating." Another added: "How much time does John King spend practicing that touch screen in the four years between presidential election nights? This is his Olympics." A third wrote: "John King is out here breaking down how a particular block on a street in Fushaloosa County voted in the 86 midterms. Dude is beasting on the map."

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