The News publishes fake photo

The News (Jang Group) today published a story about UK media mogul Rupert Murdoch who has been accused of being part of a cover up in a massive phone hacking scandal. The story is accompanied by a photo of Murdoch, and when we saw it this morning, we could not help but laugh.

The News 2 May 2012 Rupert Murdoch Photo

Here is the real photo of Rupert Murdoch for comparison.

Rupert Murdoch

Has no one at The News actually seen a photo of Rupert Murdoch before? More importantly, doesn’t anyone at The News know what a human being looks like? The bizarre proportions on the figure in the photo published should have at least made someone check the authenticity of the photo before it went to publication. And a simple ‘Google Images’ search would have easily revealed that it was not a real photo of the subject.

As funny as this mistake is, it raises troubling questions about fact checking and credibility at The News. If such an obvious fake can make it all the way to print, what else in The News has not been fact-checked or verified?

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