CNN/HNN Stage Split-Screen Interview from the Same Parking Lot

This post has no particular point other than I thought two people who look to be about 20 yards apart speaking to each other on split screen made for a great moment in journalism:

The two suspects are Ashleigh Banfield of CNN and Nancy Grace of Headline News, who were updating viewers on the latest from the ongoing and increasingly ugly Cleveland kidnapping story. (Grace being TV’s leading expert on deviant crime.) At first it seems like a normal TV “remote,” as Banfield interviews Grace from another location. Then the channel’s graphics alert viewers: both anchors are in Phoenix. That’s odd. Also: They’re both outdoors, sitting in what looks to be a parking lot. And is that same building behind them?

Then things truly get bizarre. Watch the cars moving in the background of both shots:


Pay close attention to the background vehicles in this GIF and it’s actually pretty funny.

The same cars appearing in separate split screens brought back memories of other great moments in ruined optics, like this story about some deep flooding:


All this was of course inspired by…

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