Claim: Photograph from FOXNews web site depicting the New York City skyline the morning after the 2003 North American blackout includes a view of the World Trade Center towers.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: The use of stock photos
photographers to shoot illustrative pictures for news stories, so in many cases stock photos are pulled from the files and used to accompany articles. The Grand Canyon, for example, hasn't changed much in appearance lately, so a photograph from 1998 or 1987 will generally do perfectly well for a feature about the famous landmark.
But what happens when a landmark has changed significantly in the years since a stock photo was taken? The potential for embarrassment is created if a news outlet were to use such an image without noticing that it would obviously appear out-of-date to viewers. Such is the claim here, where an image from the FOXNews web site depicting the New York City skyline the morning after the
The answer is no
The sun rises over the skyline of the Upper West Side of Manhattan as seen from Weehawken, N.J., on Friday [August 15]. The two towers at the far right are part of the AOL Time Warner complex under construction at Columbus Circle.
Last updated: 29 June 2007