This is Spinal Tap was the first in a series of brilliant "mockumentaries" by Christopher Guest including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. They all are fake documentaries and very much mimic reality according to those who participate in the activities being lampooned.
I haven't found a connection or any credits yet, but I ask, is Christopher Guest now consulting for CNN? It appears that they are truly a "mockunews" organization. They care little for the tenets of free press as illustrated here at Zerohedge. The CNN producer had this exchange with a real journalist from Project Veritas:
PV Journalist: Why is CNN constantly like "Russia this, Russia that?"
Bonifield: Because it's ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now.
My boss, I shouldn't say this, my boss yesterday we were having a discussion about this dental shoot and he was like I just want you to know what we're up against here. Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords. For a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN [Jeff Zucker] said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with it. Let's get back to Russia.
But all the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you're just like, that's adorable. That's adorable. This is a business.
Ethics in journalism is adorable?!? Is CNN the next brilliant step in the mocku-entertainment movement? Zerohedge states it well in their opening line in another post on this topic:
Last week, CNN's "anonymous sources" finally came home to roost when the entertainment channel was forced to retract one of its "bombshell" Russian collusion stories, when it was apparently revealed that the whole thing was nothing more than CNN's latest, anonymously-sourced fake news debacle.
I am at loss to name my favorite mocku-entertainment character. Is it Nigel Tufnel, Gerry Fleck, or Wolf Blitzer???