Crisis actors caught


Media Politics Fake News Press Disinformation

Emma Kelly, Writer

Citizens trust that the news they hear is both accurate and valid. However, as of late, a few major news sources are being caught in the act of fake news. Major news source C.N.N. has been caught utilizing fake news on multiple occasions, including one of the most notorious examples of a suspected crisis actor. What is a crisis actor? In reality, during an open criminal investigation, or a tragedy, approaching an affected citizen is tedious and possibly detrimental work. The intended idea behind these supposed actors is to relieve the need to find on-site interviews with someone in a fragile state, or run the risk of possibly releasing incorrect evidence on an open criminal investigation that may later result in backlash on the news source. As much as we want to believe the news is always dedicated to the public no matter what the truth may be, like any other major company, news is a business. Journalism news is a time sensitive, quality dependent, business. New content is expected to be both interesting and frequent. However, on occasion quantity is speculated to outweigh quality, and for some, the act of exposing crisis actors has become a constant obsession.

Yes, it is possible to argue that there is no hugely reputable source reporting on the pervasive crisis actor issue, therefore it must be speculation. Although, that very fact adds to the validity of the entire story. Logically, a major news producer is not going to come out with accusations and evidence exposing something controversial that they, themselves, engage in. It makes no sense to bring up a previously hidden issue, only to draw attention and criticism towards their own possible involvement. Hence, the burning story of crisis actors remains in the shadows whilst the news remains at fault.

Yellow journalism and fake stories have been around for over a century, but with rapid increases in technology and broadcast media false information has taken a whole other form. This current gap in reporting has left only the civilian population to conduct research in order to find the truth. A woman by the name of Adriana Victoria Munoz has been brought to the spotlight because of four different interviews broadcasted on CNN. All four interviews are in relation to a catastrophic event such as The Boston Bombing or The Sandy Hook Shooting. Munoz tends to give vague details that are attainable by a non-witness as well, and require nothing but a simply police report to relay. During an interview about the Watertown Shooting done by CNN in 2013 she says,“We heard three big booms, and multiple gun shots.” This interview, in it of itself, was enough to cause controversy with CNN. It was in that same year that she appeared at the Boston Bombing stating, “There was a big huge explosion while we were having lunch, and everybody ran for the doors and windows.”, and two years later at the Amtrak train derailment went on to say,”We were in the front seat and this suit case just came flying at me. Our train was actually on its side, so it pushed me onto the side of the train.”

Those who believe the business of crisis actors is simply a conspiracy theory, have been caused to question because of the recent facial analysis on Munoz’s face. Both the bone structure of her nose, and her distinguishable scar show that it is indeed the same woman being interviewed. However, while being interviewed she does take time to change her voice intonation and accent slightly to give the illusion of a different person. Just in regards to her interviews with CNN, the details on Victoria Munoz never seem to completely add up. For example, Victoria Munoz has a fairly recognizable pair of glasses that have not only survived one disaster, but have somehow survived four. Her glasses have survived a bombing, a shooting, and being pushed up against the wall by a suitcase on a derailing train. The statistical anomaly of her being at four different major events being interviewed by the same news network should be enough to make the public question.

Munoz has become a prime example of fake interviews in modern broadcast news, yet not the only example. In an article done by, a crisis actor who has yet to be named is pictured portraying the classmate of the Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, and the sister of James Foley who was beheaded. This website writes clear in their description, “This page simply shows the crisis actors who have been used in several False Flag Events.” Groups like this and The Pete Santilli Show are bringing attention to the various exposed crisis actors. These organizations are dedicated to finding the real news for the public, and aiming to make people think about what is true and what is propaganda. Americans of all ages are affected by everyday news, including High School students. Freshman student Nicole Linder at Battlefield High School says, “I think Battlefield stays current on all events because of its clubs and activities within the community,” and then continued by saying, “If you give the wrong information it can impact a lot of people.” In this day and age, news can affect everything we believe through social media, broadcast, and print. Although the world of crisis actors is a murky one, it is still an important world to question.