Video games have come a long way, haven't they? In fact, games are so realistic that news networks around the world can't even tell the flipping difference anymore. A Danish TV channel is now apologizing to viewers after using a screenshot from Assassin's Creed in a news report on Syria. Oops.
TV2 Head of News Jacob Nybroe officially acknowledged the error yesterday, noting he didn't learn about the network's mistake until this last week. The original news piece aired on February 26, with the picture in question being a screenshot. It was shown as a backdrop while a news anchor reported on Syria, because an employee found the image on the Internet and thought it was a photo of Damascus' skyline.
Nybroe notes that this whole fudge-up serves as a "“reminder to us all of the importance of verifying the sources of pictures.” Wise words indeed.
We expect to see this sort of thing happen again, anyway, seeing as how it's happened before. The last incident that we heard about involved BBC and the Halo UNSC logo being mistakingly used for a news report on the United Nations.