“It’s not an armed takeover,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Ducan told CNN on Thursday night. “It’s not a military junta.”
However, President Trump has come under fire from the media, calling the protesters “domestic terrorists” and threatening to use federal force to drive them out of the area.
Despite the description of the President coming into conflict with the real reality, Fox News continued to present the situation as dangerous. Posting modified and misleading images on his high-traffic website was the latest – and arguably the most horrific – example.
Among the photos Fox News posted on its front page was a photo showing a protester passing by a fuel vehicle and building under the title “CRAZY TOWN” appearing on the entire site. The picture, which accompanied a story about the situation in Seattle, was actually taken by the riots last month in Minnesota.
In other photos that showed the scene in Seattle, Fox News digitally added a picture of a man armed with a rifle.
A Fox News spokesman told CNN Saturday morning in a note to an author who posted stories about the network with the misleading images.
“A FoxNews.com homepage photo collage that originally accompanied this story included many scenes from Seattle’s ‘Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone’ and debris after recent riots,” the note said. “The collage was not clearly demarcated between them. images and has since been replaced. In addition, a recent slide show depicting scenes from Seattle accidentally included a picture of St. Paul. Fox News regrets these mistakes. “
“We have replaced the image of our photo with the clearly demarcated images of a gunman and a damaged shop window, both of which were taken this week in the Seattle Autonomous Zone,” a Fox News spokesman told the newspaper.
The Seattle Times, however, said the statement was inaccurate. The newspaper noted that “the photo of the gunman was taken on June 10, while the shop windows with which they were combined were from May 30 by Getty Images”.
“I think it’s a shameful propaganda and a terribly misrepresentation of journalistic documentation at a time when truth and accountability are so important,” said Kenny Irby, an ethics photojournalist. “There is no performance. There is no recognition of the montage and it is terribly misleading.”
Akili Ramsess, executive director of the National Press Photo Union, told The Seattle Times that it was “absolutely awful to handle it as they did.”