Twitter users call out PBS for using old footage of DC fireworks show

Viewers vent about PBS deception during 'A Capitol Fourth'

WASHINGTON — Many who were watching PBS’s broadcast of “A Capitol Fourth” noticed something was a little “off” when they aired footage of the fireworks show in the nation’s capital showing clear skies.

The rain took its toll on Fourth of July fireworks plans around the nation’s capital causing many shows to be postponed or canceled, but the National Mall fireworks show still went on as scheduled.

Clouds made for poor visibility for those watching the fireworks show in the District, which caused some confusion for viewers at home when PBS showed clear skies for the show during its live broadcast.

Many users on Twitter, some using the hashtag #Fake4th, pointed out other errors like the missing scaffolding from the U.S. Capitol dome.



PBS responded with the following tweet:

PBS backed off the patriotism angle a few hours later:

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