Protests have had a lot of different effects across the U.S. In some places, serious talks of defunding the police are happening. In some places, people are still marching almost every day. And in Seattle, there is an area called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ, where the police have been kicked out of their precinct and the people rule. This is the result of a week of police escalation and violence.
Now that the officers are gone, things have gotten peaceful at CHAZ. But that’s not what Fox news wants their viewers to think. It’s basically their nightmare incarnate. Anti-fascists painting murals and denying police entry? Chaos! Except, it’s mostly been chill, so the “news” network has started photoshopping an armed gunman into the scene, according to the Seattle Times:
The picture of the gunman is real. It was taken by Seattle freelance photographer David Ryder, and posted on Getty Images. Now he’s in every scene across CHAZ. Here is normal:
Here’s Mr. Gunman:
Here’s a smashed window:
Here it is with Mr. Gunman:
It is considered highly unethical to post photoshopped images without proper labeling on them because there are plenty of people out there who would be fooled by this photo. If images are knit together, they’re usually for editorial or illustrative purposes. They’re not presented as photo-journalism.
The Fox News site also ran a picture from St. Paul, Minnesota, taken on May 30, in their package of photos about CHAZ labeled “CRAZY TOWN.” The picture shows a figure running through a burning street, which is not the scene at CHAZ. After catching heat for that, they took the picture down and offered this statement:
“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.”
That replacement was the doctored picture.
Those have also been taken down finally, but definitely not before many people saw them. And believed them. Fox: All the News That’s Fit to Fake.