Several unhappy PBS viewers took to Twitter and Facebook after noticing a significant clue pointing towards the fact that the “live” show was not actually live this year.
PBS faced a social media storm after several viewers noticed it spliced together a previous year’s fireworks show in Washington D.C. on this Fourth of July, reports NBC News.
The “A Capitol Fourth” display was ousted after viewers noticed the pictures were in clear weather when D.C. was experiencing heavily overcast and foggy conditions. NBC reports that the conditions were rather obvious because the pyrotechnics faded into dense clouds.
Around 10 p.m. ET, the show posted on social media explaining that the supposedly "live" show was, in fact, " a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years,” reports NBC News.
Unfortunately not long after the post, several viewers voiced their complaints.
Thomas Rainer tweeted “@July4thPBC How is using stock video patriotic? If I wanted that, I'd watch YouTube. #fake#July4thPBS.”
Twitter user Tina tweeted “#Blessed to see the fireworks from my apt window & watch #July4thPBS. Tho, the fireworks out my window don't look like @pbs. #fake?”
And twitter user Chris Wallgren tweeted “Not cool @pbs.... Fake footage of fireworks on the Fourth???? It's cloudy and rainy in DC. Those shots are clearly not from tonight.”
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