CNN is being accused of creating a pro-Muslim narrative for a live TV shot just hours after Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, but the network is calling the claim "nonsense."
In a YouTube video published Sunday, it appears that reporter Becky Anderson directed several self-described "Muslim mothers” to stand behind her as they show support for London Police.
CNN host Brian Stelter soon responded to the accusation on Twitter:
The network slammed the allegations in a statement to Fox News.
“This story is nonsense," a rep for CNN told us via email. "The group of demonstrators that was at the police cordon was being allowed through by officers so they could show their signs to the gathered media. The CNN crew along with other media present simply filmed them doing so.”
A source with knowledge of the situation added that the network was part of an "assembled group of media" in the area where the shot in question occurred.
"You an clearly see at the beginning of the video on social media that a group of press photographers is asking the demonstrators to stand in front of them so that they can see them — there's nothing sinister going on there."
Anderson is based in CNN’s Abu Dhabi bureau and has covered news involving the Syria crisis, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.