CNN Denies Boston Viewers Were Shown 30 Minutes of Trans Porn

Fake news stories and their dissemination through social media have been a big conversation of late, and it seems the latest victim of fabricated clickbait may just be cable news provider CNN.

As proof of the viral nature of bombastic posts and headlines, last week a post by (former) Twitter user @solikearose—claiming that instead of the Anthony Bourdain show Parts Unknown, CNN accidentally (on Thanksgiving) aired a half-hour of pornography starring trans performer Riley Quinn—popped up throughout the interwebs. Many people simply assumed the story was true. (And yeah, had it been true, that is quite a story.)

CNN’s local Boston network provider has denied that any adult content was aired. Jeff Carlson, SVP and General Manager of RCN Boston, told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are in the process of researching this incident but see no evidence our CNN network feed was compromised last evening in Boston.”

Barbara Levin, VP of Communications at CNN, said, “Despite media reports to the contrary, RCN assures us that there was no interruption of CNN’s programming in the Boston area last night.”

Quinn, who has since retired from the porn industry, is far from upset about the free airtime her name received following the fake story. She tweeted out on Nov. 25, “Hey @CNN, thanks for the free airtime” and changed her Twitter profile to read “Retired #Transsexual Performer. As featured on @CNN. Professional Baccarat Player. Nerd. Gamer.”