LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A fake “video” claims Suge Knight killed Tupac Shakur and that Suge Knight has been arrested tonight December 29, 2010. Unless you watch carefully, you may miss that the “video” is a fake.
Twitter tonight is heating up with a video that is going to fume Fox 11 News Los Angeles and KTLA News Los Angeles station managers. Why? Some person has taken old TV news footage of two different reports, from two different news channels, and put them together into one video. The purpose is to make it appear as though Knight has been arrested in the killing of Tupac Shakur.
How did this all start?
A video circulating on YouTube (see below) begins with footage from an Fox 11 News Los Angeles evening news broadcast. The TV anchor is well known to LA residents as evening news anchor. In the video, an interview is conducted about an “October” documentary regarding the death of Tupac Shakur.
Then, suddenly the video cuts to KTLA’s Morning News. If you look, you can even see the time stamp on the broadcast as shortly after 8 am PST. That KTLA news clip shows Knight being arrested. But the viewer is not told that the arrest is for a different matter unrelated to Shakur.
The video is a fake. Knight has not been arrested for the murder of Tupac.
The greater question is whether this video will start a new trend for fake celebrity reports – the manipulation of old broadcast video footage, and then viral posting of the video on social networking sites.