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Spanish newscast confuses Star Wars rebels with Al Qaeda

Apparently a small group of fighters plan to attack an unshielded exhaust port.


David Britton

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 18, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:24 pm CDT

It’s a story as old as time: An old bearded man lives out in the desert. He converts impressionable teenage boys to his religion and convinces them to fight a war.

So maybe we can forgive whichever overworked graphics department person dropped the rebel insignia from Star Wars into a Spanish newscast about Al Qaeda.

The slip-up happened on La Mañana, a Spanish morning news show that airs on the Television Española, Spain’s state owned television network. YouTubers were quick to mock them for the error.

But Americans shouldn’t be laughing too hard, lest we forget that just four months ago CNN thought ISIS showed up at a gay pride parade with a flag covered in dildos and butt plugs.

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*First Published: Nov 18, 2015, 3:08 pm CST