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Questions raised over unverified CNN audio of Ferguson shooting

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An audio aired on CNN Monday claims to contain what some say are at least 10 gunshots allegedly fired by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Although a forensic audio expert says he heard at least 10 shots, a number of questions have been raised about the audio.

The veracity of the audio itself, CNN noted some 10 paragraphs into its online report, has not been verified. Holly Yan said CNN has contacted the FBI to confirm their interview with the man who provided it. Even if the audio turns out to be from the Ferguson shooting, CNN said it would be difficult to say whose narrative it supports.

Other questions about the audio have been raised. For example, many are asking why the audio is being released now instead of shortly after the shooting. The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft also wondered where the rest of the audio is located, specifically, the audio immediately before the shots.

Rush Limbaugh also weighed in, calling the audio the "strangest sounding thing" he has ever heard. He also wondered how the man who reportedly heard the shots could calmly continue his conversation even after hearing gunfire.

"I mean, here's apparently gunshots going on, close enough that this guy's computer microphone could pick 'em up and he doesn't even skip a beat," Limbaugh said. "He doesn't miss a beat. He's so excited to be talking to this babe and watching this babe's videos, there's gunfire outside the window, and he's not even fazed."

"That could be in Chicago," Limbaugh said, noting the recording could have been made anywhere. "That could be in Detroit."

"How are they ever gonna confirm this?" he asked. But confirming the authenticity of the audio may be irrelevant, he said, since CNN has already declared it real, even though the shots could have been something playing on a nearby television set. Moreover, he said, no witnesses have come forward saying there were 10 shots.

But the facts surrounding the audio may not matter, since, as Limbaugh said, the so-called "mainstream media" has already decided to use the audio to their advantage. The case, Limbaugh said, is "slipping away from 'em. This might enable them to get it back in support of the original myth."