By Elaine Magliaro
Gawker has an interesting article about fake Baltimore photos that went viral last week.
Here’s one photo of particular interest:
The above fake photograph of “Baltimore” was widely circulated. As you can see, it shows “an enormous fire silhouetting a McDonald’s sign.” Gawker said the image was “so striking that Memphis’ WHBQ-TV used it to illustrate their Baltimore coverage.” Gawker said it wasn’t completely clear where the photo–which had previously been attributed to Venezuela’s 2014 riots–came from. Gawker added that the photo “pre-dates the unrest in Baltimore by over a year.”
In a since-deleted apology, the station acknowledged their mistake: