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Thursday, July 8 2010

Fauxtography Files: Captions Cross Wires

I'm trying to figure out the difference in captions for the same AFP photo. At the Getty Images web site, which hosts the work, the caption's straightforward enough:

Hebron


Gettycaption

But get a load of what was added to the caption at Yahoo News:

Yahoocaption

The White House summit has nothing to do with the image; the caption even jabs Israel.

But I don't blame Yahoo News for this. Aggregate news sites like Yahoo only copy and paste whatever caption they get from the wires. They probably aren't aware of this dig at Israel.

But the photographer, Hazem Bader, and the people he works for, certainly understand it very well and use it to their advantage -- usually unchallenged.

 

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