Fox News Fails at Photoshopping Fake News

Fox News Fails at Photoshopping Fake News

Fox News has been accused of deliberately manipulating photographs in order to mislead its audience during its coverage of the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests.

The controversy was first picked up by the Seattle Times, noting that composited images were used as part of the network’s reporting on the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), a part of Seattle that has ceded to protesters who are campaigning for justice following the death of George Floyd.

Two of the photographs that appeared on the Fox News homepage featured the same man wielding an automatic rifle and wearing a green mask. One of the photographs showed an Old Navy store sign despite there not being an Old Navy store inside the CHAZ. The image is three different photographs composited together.

If the mixed light sources were not already confusing, one of the images showed the masked gunman missing part of his left arm.

Another photograph illustrating the article that reported that “armed guards patrol anarchists ‘autonomous zone’” and showed a man running through a burning scene. This photograph was taken in Minnesota several weeks ago and long before the autonomous zone was established.

Following inquiries from the Seattle Times, Fox News removed the images from the article and issued an apology. "Fox News regrets these errors," the website states.

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Les Sucettes's picture

Oh I look forward to all the Trump Bots commenting on this subject! #Triggered

Studio 403's picture

I’m assuming you’re a bot to. You post no photographs so I guess you’re on here too “butt in”. This particular website is for photographers mostly. You would have more credibility with if you told me something about yourself. Bottom feeders are always easy to spot. Always on the bottom looking up.

Les Sucettes's picture


Congratulations for winning the Trump Idiot Award 🥇 🥳

Studio 403's picture

Sarcasm noted. Interesting you have not photos here and no face photo. This site is mostly for Photographer and video folk. Maybe your a bot? #peace

Les Sucettes's picture

#breakingnews: There’s a profession called « photojournalism ». Note the word « photo » in it. News outlets have editors and their handling of original content matter ... not only from an ethical or political standpoint but also from a copyright and legal standpoint. Just as much as the handling of content of your portraits clients.

I noticed on your profile that the only photo of the BLM movement you posted is a silly sign that asks « white » photographers to be think about their motives for shooting the protests.

If that’s your only takeaway of the movement then really there’s no surprise as to why you’re #triggered.

Perhaps review your reasons for supporting someone like Trump who treats democratic principles with his feet. And ask yourself how great it would be to one day wake up in an Autocratic society. Because the US is getting dangerously close to being just that.


Studio 403's picture

your mind reading skills are notable. Contempt prior to investigation results in ignorance. #peace

Les Sucettes's picture

Educate me then Studio 403...

Tell me how “other news agencies” create #fakenews because they’re #nevertrumpers and tell me how fox news ignoring and manipulating facts to suit their message is the honest truth?

Go on... And while you are at it; how does a president that peddles dangerous conspiracies like Qanon help you remain a free citizen.

And finally - how does manipulating images not belong on a photography site.

Studio 403's picture

You win the debate Les. Have a good life, A good finish for your victory is a good taste of Kentucky Bourbon, Wild Turkey I suggest.

Les Sucettes's picture

Yuck would never drink any American liquor. Much prefer Russian, French, Irish or Scottish.

You just lost it because your favourite tabloid is increasingly unmasked as being a propaganda channel for the far right.

After all, it was founded in the wake of Nixon resigning to ensure that a future Nixon will not be taken down by the media. They’ve achieved their objectives.

It just means that America has lost its moral leadership in the world, America can no longer claim to be leader of the free world. America has just become a raw Superpower.

Congratulations Fox & Friends. Thanks 🙏 Donald.

Studio 403's picture

Official apology from Fox News:

Editor’s Note: A 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.”

It’s very refreshing to see fox apologize For their mistake.

It would be even more refreshing if other major networks and newspapers would follow suit.

Nicholas Vettese's picture

You'll never see other "networks" do the same. Instead they usually double down when caught.

Richard Hitswater's picture

"Instead they usually double down when caught."

Prove it.

Michael Aubrey's picture

News outlets, both television and print/web release retractions all the time. That's a incredibly easy thing to google and see that "never" is categorically false.

Hell, a ton a fringe publications actively depend on those retractions in order to "prove" that the mainstream outlets are "fake."

Matt Williams's picture

wait, they apologized claiming it was a "collage" and that, to you, is believable? Jesus.

Alex Herbert's picture

I wonder if they make up the excuses in advance.

Richard Hitswater's picture

You know what would be even more "refreshing"?

Maybe if they stopped photoshopping to create their fake news and told the truth for once.

Dale Karnegie's picture

> It’s very refreshing to see fox apologize For their mistake.

The digitally altered images are inline with other lies that being spread by the network about what's going on in Seattle. Very unlikely that it wasn't intentional; obviously, they have an agenda --

I know it's hard for supporters of that agenda to acknowledge -- but the network regularly, egregiously spreads misinformation in a coordinated effort to achieve their goals. It is significantly more biased towards its agenda than other networks (which carry their own biases to a lesser degree)

I say this as a moderate who has no particular feelings in one direction or the other when it comes to these protests.

Deleted Account's picture

Almost everyone I know claims to be moderate, seeing themselves as the reasonable one in the room. Just an observation I've made over the years and not directed at you, who I don't know.

Rayann Elzein's picture

Yeah, right, it was an unfortunate mistake, are you really so naive? Haha!

Studio 403's picture

Your bias is notable, lol. One thing I noticed, an eagle has two wings, One left, and one right. I like the balance. Fstoppers knows how to get eyeballs on this site, great marketing.

Les Sucettes's picture

Bias ... isn’t that the value system for Murdoch news outlets?

paul aparycki's picture

multiple images, at least three, very poorly patched together and passed off as "truth"?

the apology, like fox fairy tales, is a complete and utter lie.

it took time and forethought to piece together (albeit pathetically) a visual lie . . . there was no accident, nor mistake.

it is/was bs propaganda from a racist organization.

Michael Krueger's picture

In all honesty was Fox ever a credible news source? This was obviously done intentionally to feed propaganda to their audience that primarily consists of the elderly at this point. Most news sources are biased but Fox is right wing propaganda, Democrats are evil and Republicans are good in literally every thing they post.

Richard Hitswater's picture

The fact that they have to photoshop pictures to fit their false narrative speaks volumes...none of it good. Talk about "fake news"!

Deleted Account's picture

Sure. All news sources used to be credible when there was a clear delineation between actual news and opinion pieces. That line started to get blurred at some point and now we have visibly biased anchors airing out their personal opinions alongside actual news stories, which creates a lot of confusion. To be fair, this isn't a FOX-only problem. There are few sources left that just stick to reporting the facts and omit their personal commentary.

Michael Krueger's picture

I did mention most news sources are biased, almost any news article I read there is enough opinion thrown in that you can tell what political side they align with. It's hard to find just the facts these days.

Les Sucettes's picture

You do realise that Op-Ed’s where really the only place opinions could be voiced prior to the internet and Fstoppers comment section?


Go back to bed then

dean wilson's picture

I believe if they used Microsoft Paint® it wouldn't have been as obvious....just saying....

Alex Herbert's picture

If they had used ACTUAL paint it wouldn't have been as obvious lol.

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