After Rolling Stone first spotted a June 2nd Fox News video report where the network selectively edited out police overreacting with guns drawn and handcuffing the wrong people in Los Angeles, now the network has been busted doing the same with photos.
According to the Seattle Times, on Friday Fox News’ website published digitally altered and misleading images to make the largely peaceful demonstrators in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) look violent and dangerous.
One of the altered photos featured a man holding a military-style rifle in front of a smashed out storefront. But according to the Times, the image was actually two different photos — one from May 30th and the other from June 10th — and the armed man was superimposed in front of the broken window.
In another digitally altered image, Fox’s website used the same armed man and spliced his image with a photo of a sign that read: “You are now entering Free Cap Hill” to make it appear as though gunmen are standing at the zone’s entrance.
The Times also noticed a fiery photo of a person running in Minnesota from May 30th that was used in a story about Seattle’s CHAZ with the headline on that read: “CRAZY TOWN.” No disclaimers explaining that the photos were altered or from another city appeared on Fox News’ website.
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When the Times asked Fox News to comment, again the network couldn’t get their story to align with the facts.
A Fox News spokeswoman said in an email: “We have replaced our photo illustration with the clearly delineated images of a gunman and a shattered storefront, both of which were taken this week in Seattle’s autonomous zone.”
But again, the altered photos were a mash of Getty images from May 30th and June 10th. And their statement does not address the misuse of a St. Paul, Minn. image on a story about Seattle.
As Akili Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), told the Times: “For a news photo that is supposed to be of the moment, it is completely egregious to manipulate this the way they have done.”
Update: On Saturday, Fox News released an editor’s note seemingly attempting to minimize their altering of images by calling them a “collage” and added the note to three published stories, saying they “regret these errors.”
Editor’s Note: A FoxNews.com home page photo collage which originally accompanied this story included multiple scenes from Seattle’s “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” and of wreckage following recent riots. The collage did not clearly delineate between these images, and has since been replaced. In addition, a recent slideshow depicting scenes from Seattle mistakenly included a picture from St. Paul, Minnesota. Fox News regrets these errors.