CNN mistakes sex toy flag for Islamic State banner

03:26 PM | 28 Jun, 2015
CNN mistakes sex toy flag for Islamic State banner
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LONDON (Web Desk) - Maybe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant really had infiltrated what jihadists see as a symbol of Western sexual deviance and decadence.

CNN certainly thought so, running photographs of the flag above a banner headline, saying: “Isis flag spotted at gay pride event,” CNN reported, according to Telegraph.

The segment was billed as an exclusive and the network even lined up one of its top security analysts, Peter Bergen, to discuss its appearance.

Just one problem – the flag was a spoof, displaying what might politely be termed “sex toys” against a black background.

No wonder Lucy Pawle, a CNN journalist, was the only person at the parade to worry.

In the since deleted clip, she said she was surprised that no-one else had reacted to the flag.

“This man dressed in black and white waving what appears to be a very bad mimicry of the Isis flag, but a clear attempt to mimic the Isis flag, the black and white flag with the distinctive lettering,” she said, adding that she had alerted the police to its presence.

To his credit, Mr Bergen, who once met Osama bin Laden, tries to introduce a degree of scepticism suggesting the flag may be desigined to poke fun at Isil.

"It could be some kind of almost parody - it's possible," he said. "After all one of Isil's principal goals in territories it controls is to murder gays."