CNN was on the streets of Chicago reporting on the “Not My President” protests sweeping the country and happened upon a man who was quite upset that Donald Trump won the presidency. But as it turned out, it was staged outrage.
The man complained that the election wasn’t fair because “more human beings voted for Hillary” and surmised that since she lost, his vote didn’t count.
“It was just like back in the day when your vote was one-third,” the man said to the black CNN reporter.
He argued that Clinton needs to use her skills as a lawyer to go to the Supreme Court and challenge the Electoral College vote. He then looked straight into the camera and overdramatically took over the segment:
“I believe in you Hillary. I’ve been to Rwanda. I’ve been to your hospital in Rwanda. I’ve seen all the good you’ve done. I believe in you. Women need you. Minorities need you. I need you. Chicago needs you. We all need you. This country needs you to stand up and walk into the Supreme Court and say one vote equals one vote. What’s wrong with that? What’s the debate.”
The on-the-street reporter threw it back to the studio noting that he could feel this man’s passion. From the studio, Don Lemon could feel a connection to this man's passion probably because they are friends:
“Yeah, Ryan, you know I used to live there and I know that guy. That’s John Grkovic. He actually went to Africa with me as a cameraman.”
Grkovic was brought back into the frame by Ryan, but Lemon quickly ended the segment before it got any more embarrassing for the network.
An online search for Grkovic revealed that not only is he a cameraman and wedding videographer but also very involved in the Chicago improv comedy scene, hence the performance, and works in television commercials.
It’s moments like these that are the reason the public so distrusts the media.
But... This is CNN.