Apparently, it isn’t all what it seems to be – the Salahi police escort was, in fact, some Real Housewives editing at play, and a lot of people are crying foul over the misinformation.
During a clip on The Real Housewives of D.C., a police car is seen escorting Tareq and Michaele Salahi’s limousine to attend the Obama White House party.
It appears that the police car was edited into the scene.
A publicist for the Housewives of D.C. production company confirmed that the car was edited into the footage.
You may recall the Salahis were dubbed the “White House crashers” after they attended President Obama’s first state dinner uninvited.
A publicist for the production company sets the record straight: “Half Yard Productions reviewed all of the footage from the party in question and the police escort for the Salahi’s limo was a Park Police escort. The MPD [Metropolitan Police Department] car featured in the episode was not the escort car and was edited into the shot incorrectly.”
District police spokesman Lt. Nicholas Breul told CNN: “The chief has asked that an investigation be conducted into whether or not there was any type of an escort for the Salahis. We’re working to identify the car and the officer.”
Breul explained that police escorts are generally for the president and other dignitaries: “Generally speaking, there are no escorts for people going to parties or social functions.”
All this begs the question: how real are reality shows? We know there’s always some level of editing at work for entertainment purposes, but maybe there’s a lot more going on than we know?