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Chinese TV's 'Top Gun' blunder
China's state broadcaster has tried to pass off a clip from the 1986 movie as a real air-force training exercise. It's enough to take your breath away, say critics
 
What would Maverick say? A China TV broadcast used a clip from Tom Cruise's movie "Top Gun" as if it were real Chinese military training footage.
What would Maverick say? A China TV broadcast used a clip from Tom Cruise's movie "Top Gun" as if it were real Chinese military training footage.
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The video: Has the Chinese military signed up Tom Cruise? Last week, a Chinese state-TV "news" segment purporting to show a Chinese J-10 fighter jet destroying a U.S. aircraft was identified as a clip from the classic 1986 flick Top Gun — leaving state propagandists red-faced. The "blunder," shown to millions of Chinese viewers on Jan. 23, has since been removed from the channel's website.
The reaction:
This isn't the first time China has appropriated "fictional material from the U.S. for use in news," says Josh Chin at The Wall Street Journal. The state-run Xinhua news agency notoriously used a cartoon x-ray image of Homer Simpson's head back in 2007 "to illustrate a story about the discovery of a genetic link to multiple sclerosis." I guess this is what happens, says Alexandra Petri at The Washington Post, "when you feel the need, the need for, uh, footage." Watch a comparison between the two sets of footage here:

 

 

 

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