OK so this is a great story, apparently China is confused between Hollywood and reallity. A couple days back they (allegedly) hosted a news story about a People’s Liberation Army Air Force training exercise gone wrong. During the exercise the broadcast claimed that a J-10 fighter fired a missile at and destroyed another aircraft. Video of the supposed manoeuvres were aired alongside interview footage and a clip of the specific incident.
However, viewer “Liu Yi,” and others recognized the video clip from a scene in Tom Cruise’s 1986 movie Top Gun. The Wall Street Journal has kindly posted a comparison of both clips, which I have included below:
The video in question has since been removed from the company’s website. China Central Television, China’s major state television broadcasting company, is not the first Chineese News agency that has been caught using fake content in their news. In 2007 Xinhua news infamously used an x-ray image of Homer Simpson’s head to illustrate a story about the discovery of a genetic link to multiple sclerosis.