Murdoch press forced to remove faked Seattle autonomous zone images. But it won’t apologise.

Tom Coburg

Fox News, owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch and managed by son Lachlan, has not apologised for publishing fake images of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).

Locals expose faked photos

The offending photos were first spotted by locals via Reddit. The Seattle Times then reported the fakery. It led its story with one of the faked images published by Fox News. This showed a man with a mask standing with a rifle in front of a badly damaged store. It also included another Fox News-faked photo of the same man standing next to a sign saying “You are now entering free Cap Hill”.

The only real photos of the armed man were those showing him standing in front of a red car. These are Getty attributed photos, one of which included the caption: “A volunteer holds a firearm while working security at an entrance to the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” on June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington”.

Examples of faked photos

Here, reproduced by Heavy., are two of the faked Fox News photos:

Photos removed

The Fox News faked photos were eventually removed from its websites after it was contacted by the Seattle Times.

According to the Seattle Times, this is how Fox News faked two of the images it published:

The image was actually a mashup of photos from different days, taken by different photographers — it was done by splicing a Getty Images photo of an armed man, who had been at the protest zone June 10, with other images from May 30 of smashed windows in downtown Seattle. Another altered image combined the gunman photo with yet another image, making it appear as though he was standing in front of a sign declaring “You are now entering Free Cap Hill”.

It added:

Fox’s site had no disclaimers revealing the photos had been manipulated. The network removed the images after inquiries from the Seattle Times.

Fox News published another fake photo, again reported by Seattle Times, of:

a frightening image of a burning city, above a package of stories about Seattle’s protests, headlined “CRAZY TOWN.” The photo actually showed a scene from St. Paul, Minnesota, on May 30. That image also was later removed.

That fake photo, again reproduced by Heavy., was accompanied by several inflammatory statements.


Fox News, however, has not published a formal apology. Instead, its editor issued the following statement: 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.

That statement does not include the words ‘sorry’, ‘apology’, or similar. Indeed, had the fakery not been noticed by eagle-eyed locals, no doubt they would have remained on Fox News’ websites. In this respect, the “regret” is entirely disingenuous.

Fox News has been well and truly caught out.

Featured image via Wikimedia – Alex Glidewell

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    1. These “errors’ of Fox News are horrendous crimes against the public to understand the issue.
      It seems to be where things are going by the uber wealthy status quo.
      Violence against democracy.
      Social violence is their trademark.

    2. At least our gutter press are skilled at photoshop along with shortcuts for cut and paste. Be proud people !!

      The days of getting factually correct information from any MSM are over, the only truth in MSM comics is the date at the top of the front page. And as for TV ? The claims of the adverts are more likely to be true than the News, place that its the garbage the BBC puts out and you have the perfect storm, In our house the BBC are known as LCD (LIE , CHEAT and DECIVE)

    3. What kind of nonsense is this: “Fox News has been well and truly caught out?”

      Fox News has successfully implied that armed men are guarding looters, and you’re gloating over the fact that they’ve since issued a kind of apology, without any words like ‘apology,’ after the damage is done?

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