“It’s not an armed takeover,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on CNN Thursday night. “It’s not a military junta.”
However, President Trump seems to have been seized in reports in the right-wing media that called “domestic terrorists” to protesters and threatened to use federal force to clear them out of the region.
Despite a President’s statement that contradicts the reality on the ground, Fox News continued to present the situation as dangerous. The posting of modified and misleading images on the traffic-free website was the latest and indisputably the most terrifying example.
Among the photos that Fox News posted on its homepage, there was a photograph showing a protester passing by a vehicle that had burned to the protester and showing a building on the website with the title “CRAZY TOWN”. Accompanying a story about the situation in Seattle, the image was actually withdrawn from Minnesota unrest last month.
In other photos showing the scene in Seattle, Fox News digitally added an image of a man with an assault rifle.
The Fox News spokesperson pointed to CNN on Saturday morning in an editor’s note added to stories published by the network with misleading images.
“In a FoxNews.com home photo collage that first accompanied this story, debris came from Seattle’s” Capitol Hill Autonomous Region “after numerous scenes and recent uprisings.” “The collage has not been clearly defined among these images and has been changed since then. In addition, a recent slideshow depicting scenes from Seattle accidentally included a picture of St. Paul. Regrets these mistakes.”
“We have replaced our photo illustration with clearly identified images, both with an armed man shot in Seattle’s autonomous region and a fragmented store,” the Fox News spokesperson told the newspaper. Said.
However, the Seattle Times reported that the statement was false. The newspaper noted that “the armed photo was taken on 10 June, and the images of the showcase where it was melted were collapsed on May 30 by Getty Images.
“I think this is an embarrassing propaganda and truthfully misrepresenting documentary journalism at such times when accountability is crucial,” says Kenny Irby, a journalist ethics expert. Said. “No citation. No assembly acceptance, and this is very misleading.”
Akili Ramsess, general manager of the Association of National Press Photographers, told The Seattle Times that “manipulating it the way they do is completely brutal.”
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