CNN Journalists Get Arrested Sneaking Into World Trade Center

CNN Journalists Caught

Oh CNN… In a sad attempt to get some of their investigative journalism cred back, the cable news network sent two journalists to break into the World Trade Center for a story about people who were actually able to break in.

The two CNN journalists were filming a report on recent security breaches at the World Trade Center – one involving four men sneaking in and parachuting off the skyscraper and the other involving a 16-year-old boy sneaking up to the top to take some photos. In both those cases, the trespassers bypassed security and snuck in through a hole in the fence during off-hours.  The CNN journalists were not so clever in their attempt to recreate the break-ins.

Shortly after lunch last Tuesday, Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, tried to talk their way past security guards into the heavily guarded construction site while holding their video gear. When schmoozing the security guys didn’t work, they attempted to climb over the perimeter fence – twice. No luck there. For their third attempt they tried to force their way through an electronic gate, where they were eventually caught by the police and arrested on criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct charges.

So instead of sneaking in in the middle of the night, they decided to go in broad daylight and tip off security about their plans.  There goes CNN’s pultizer prize-winning headline: “Look How Easy it is to Sneak Into the World Trade Center!”

Apparently the two CNN reporters thought if a 16-year-old was able to get in, then so should they, said Joseph Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department.

“He had enough sense to try it at 4 o’clock in the morning,” he said of the 16-year-old.

“This is very wasteful of valuable law-enforcement time and energy,” Pentagelo added.

But on the bright side, at least he knows that the millions of dollars spent on security measures for the World Trade Center are semi-useful – they won’t keep 16-year-olds and parachuting thrill seekers out, but they will make the WTC CNN-free.

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