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China Touts New Secret Bomber, Or Did They Just Hack a Scene from Top Gun- Who Else But China Would Do This?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 1, 2011


Here is a great story from yahoo. Apparently the Chinese ran a story about their great military capabilities and showed some “footage” of one of “their planes in action”. The “footage” was actually hacked fight scenes from the movie Top Gun. So here are my questions
1-why hack fighter scenes from a movie that is 25 years old, don’t the Chinese have enough pride to hack something more recent
2-is this the same military that all of you are fearing?
3-why is this not surprising
4-dont the Chinese have pride? 

Oh yeah, and here is some background to help you understand China.  China has a one party system, like a dictatorship and controls the media. So when CCTV airs something, it has the blessing of the communist party. So, when this ‘fake’ footage was taken, it had the party blessing.

What this means is that what they have done would be like barak o and his military leaders standing in front of some cheesy chinese martial arts film and claiming that it is true footage of some top secret US military forces in action…. yeah, its that bad.

Story from Yahoo

On Jan. 23, China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, ran a story about an air force training exercise that contained some suspicious footage.

Around the segment’s one minute 12 seconds mark (see above), as the China-U.S.-oriented blog Ministry of Tofu pointed out, “the way a target was hit by the air-to-air missile fired by a J-10 fighter aircraft and exploded looks almost identical to a cinema scene from the Hollywood film Top Gun.”

Viewers were led to believe that what they were seeing was a live fire exercise. But according to Ministry of Tofu: “A net user who went by the name “刘毅” (Liu Yi) pointed out that the jet that the J-10 ‘hit’ is an F-5, a US fighter jet. In Top Gun, what the leading actor Tom Cruise pilots an F-14 to bring down is exactly an F-5. Looking at the screenshots juxtaposition, one cannot fail to find that even flame, smoke and the way the splinters fly look the same.”

Not convinced? The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report put the videos side-by-side. (see the video here)

The seemingly doctored footage has been removed from CCTV’s website. But Real Time China Report notes that Chinese media has in the past been caught red-handed lifting fictional U.S. material in news reports.

“In 2002, the popular Beijing Evening News tabloid translated and published as genuine a satirical news article by The Onion about U.S. Congress threatening to leave Washington D.C. unless the city built them a new building with a retractable roof,” writes Josh Chin. “Five years later, the state-run Xinhua news agency 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.”

CCTV has declined to comment in media reports.

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