A Second Russian Invasion of Georgia?

PretzelCorps

Registered Member
#1
Or at least, that's what a number of people in Georgia thought after seeing this on the news:

CNN said:
Fake Russian invasion broadcast sparks Georgian panic

A television station in Georgia triggered a panic when it broadcast a mock half-hour report about a Russian invasion of the country.

Emotions are still raw in many parts of Georgia after Russian tanks, troops and armored vehicles advanced into the former Soviet Republic in August 2008.

That invasion was triggered after Georgian troops attacked pro-Russian separatists in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia. In the fighting that ensued, each side offered conflicting figures on how many people died.

On Saturday night, the pro-government Imedi TV in Georgia broadcast what it called a "simulation" of what a fresh invasion would look like. And the broadcast ended with a note that the events in it were not real.

However, the show did not run any on-screen notes during the half-hour broadcast to alert viewers that what they were watching was not real. Consequently many were alarmed.

The show used archives sound bites from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as well as footage of Georgians fleeing the 2008 conflict.

Throughout the show, the anchor provided "updates" that Russian forces had bombed the airport in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, and a military base in the country.

It reported that four Georgians had been killed and six wounded near South Ossetia.

About two hours later, the station began scrolling a text, apologizing for spreading panic among viewers.
Fake Russian invasion broadcast sparks Georgian panic - CNN.com

Really, wtf were these people thinking when they made this broadcast. :shake:
 

Millz

LGB
Staff member
V.I.P.
#2
What the hell is wrong with those people?

Can you imagine them doing that in the US? The place would explode from panic.
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#3
Lol, people freak out so easily ;)

But yeah, network should know what this leads to. It has been done many times in the past with similar results, in the 30's the War of the Worlds and just recently in Germany (terrorist attack simulation) and Belgium (Flandres claiming independence). A note should definitely be included.

:spin:
 

MAgnum9987

Do What Thou Wilt
#4
Hahahaha, War of the Worlds. hahahahaha.
Don't say you don't think thats funny, that makes you a liar. And no one likes a liar.


Of course, that is a very wrong thing to do. But they do have a good basis. The Soviet Union obviously has intentions to some day conquer these lands and return them to their former glory. Of course, it was meant to be a drill of sorts, but this went over the top.
 

FindMuck

Registered Member
#6
Why would someone do that? For ratings? I hope the people who did that lose their jobs.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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#8
You know what would really drive up ratings? A Russian invasion. No, I know we can't make the Russians invade. I mean, do they really have to invade for us to report it, though? I mean, we've got all this archived footage just lying around collecting dust. Everyone loves a good invasion, right? I can't see how this could possibly go wrong.