Fox News got caught manipulating some photos they used in a story about the Seattle Seattle Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). The Seattle Times caught the news network manipulating several photos, including one of a man holding an AR-15 in front of a looted retail store.
The images, which originally came from Getty, weren’t even from Seattle and some showed scenes from Minnesota several weeks prior.
Fox News initially issued a statement, saying “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,” however that proved to be untrue.
The network added a disclaimer to their site and apologized.
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.
As part of a package of stories about Seattle's CHAZ, Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations. https://t.co/lsD62I6lRX
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 13, 2020