Photo Fakery: Social / Political Issues
9/11 Tear Drop Memorial
Authentic: Emailed photos of the 'Tear Drop Memorial' designed by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate the victims of 9/11.
ACLU vs. Crosses on Federal Property
Is the American Civil Liberties Union against displaying crosses on federal property? (W/photo of veterans' cemetery.)
ACLU Objects to Marines Praying
Has the ACLU raised objections to U.S. service personnel praying based on a photo showing a group of Marines with bowed heads?
American Flag v. Mexican Flag
Authentic emailed images show Hispanic high school students in California demonstrating against proposed immigration legislation by hoisting a Mexican flag above an upside-down American flag.
Anti-Bush Product/Clothing Label
Translated into English, the French portion of an American product label reads: "We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him."
Anti-Obama Clothing Label
Recycled from the G.W. Bush years: Translated into English, the French portion of an American clothing label reads: "We are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him."
Arizona Billboard vs. Illegal Immigrants
Forwarded image purports to show a billboard near Phoenix, Arizona inviting illegal immigrants to go to Los Angeles instead.
Barack Obama on the Phone
Emailed photo shows presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking on the phone while apparently holding the receiver upside-down.
Barack Obama's Air Force One Tail Number
In an emailed photo of Air Force One, the military plane used by President Barack Obama, the tail number has been changed to a racist epithet.
Barack Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute
Viral image appears to show Barack and Michelle Obama saluting the flag by placing their left hands (instead of their right) over their hearts.
Barack Obama Pranked by Ron Paul Supporter?
Viral image purports to show an unaware Barack Obama posing for a photo opp with a college student who has written "Vote Ron Paul" on the back of his hand.
Barack Obama 'Praying at a Mosque'
Emailed image purports to show President Obama kneeling at a "mosque prayer session" on the White House grounds in Washington, DC.
The Black Patch
Emailed photo shows a U.S. soldier wearing a black patch which reads 'Doing the work of...' above the flags of France, Germany and Russia.
The Capture of Saddam Hussein
Emailed photos not released by the U.S. government show the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein in Tikrit, Iraq. They appear to be genuine.
Cash Seized in Mexican Drug Raid
Authentic: Emailed photos show a huge cache of money totalling $207 million seized from Mexican drug dealers in 2007.
Cinderella Wedding / Royal Wedding
Viral images purport to show an amazing likeness between photos of Prince William's royal wedding to Kate Middleton and the Disney cartoon feature 'Cinderella.'
Cook County Correctional Center
Emailed photos purportedly show the stylish and comfortable new digs of prison inmates in Chicago's Cook County Correctional Center.
Christmas at Arlington Cemetery
Authentic: Emailed images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Dick Cheney: Naked Woman Reflected in Sunglasses?
A photo released by the White House of U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney on a fishing trip in Idaho appears to show the blurry reflection of a naked woman (among other possibilities) in the dark sunglasses he is wearing.
The Difference Between Obama and Romney
Juxtaposed images purport to contrast President Barack Obama, "man of the people," with Mitt Romney, "man of wealth and privilege."
Five Nuclear Carriers at Norfolk Naval Station
Viral message claims five nuclear carriers were docked at once at Norfolk Naval Station in Feb. 2013 for routine inspections, allegedly a breach of military protocol and the first time this has happened since WWII.
'Found Photos' of Pearl Harbor Attack
Emailed photos of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were purportedly discovered on a roll of film from an old Kodak Brownie camera.
George W. Bush Hugs Daughter of 9/11 Victim
Authentic photo circulating via email shows President G.W. Bush hugging 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner, the daughter of 9/11 terrorism victim Wendy Faulkner.
George W. Bush 'Miss Me Yet?' Billboard
TRUE: Mysterious billboard sighted off Highway I-35 near Wyoming, Minnesota features a picture of George W. Bush with the slogan "Miss Me Yet?"
George W. Bush and Bush Sr. Fishing in Flooded New Orleans
Emailed photo purports to show President Bush and his father nonchalantly fishing in the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Bush Runs with Amputee Soldier
TRUE. Emailed photo shows President Bush running beside U.S. Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
G.W. Bush Visit to Ft. Hood
Circulating via email, a photo of George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a victim of the Ft. Hood shootings. Accompanying text says the visit was impromptu and President Obama asked the Bushes to leave.
Illegal Alien Smuggled Inside Dashboard of Car
The accompanying story is suspect, but emailed photos of a woman being smuggled into the U.S. crammed inside the dashboard of a vehicle are authentic.
'Illegal Super Highway' in AZ Sonoran Desert
Emailed photos show mounds of trash and debris left behind in a "rest area" used by illegal immigrants crossing the border between Mexico and Arizona.
John Kerry Meets with Satanist Anton LaVey
'Newspaper clipping' circulating on the Internet purports to show a youthful John Kerry shaking hands with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey.
McDonald's Sign: African Americans Must Pay $1.50 Transaction Fee
HOAX: Viral image shows a sign allegedly posted in a McDonald's restaurant stating that African-American patrons must pay an additional $1.50 transaction fee due to a recent string of robberies.
The Many Homes of John Kerry
Email flier (with photos) purports to enumerate the personal property holdings of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
Romney Family 'RMoney' Pic
This viral image circulating in advance of the 2012 election purports to show Mitt Romney and family wearing T-shirts that spell out the word 'money.'
Muslim Sign in Harwin Central Mall
Circulating via email: A sign posted on the door of a shop in Houston's Harwin Central Mall says the store will be closed on September 11 to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali, purportedly a 9/11 terrorist.
Muslim 'Religion of Peace Demonstration'
(Authentic/Mislabeled) Emailed photos show Muslims brandishing signs advocating violence against anyone who insults Islam at a purported 'Religion of Peace demonstration' in London.
NAACP Covers Statue of George Washington at MLK Day Event
Circulating via email: Snapshot taken at the NAACP's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Columbia, SC shows a wooden box covering a statue of George Washington in front of the state house.
Nancy Pelosi: Miss Lube Rack 1955 (or 1959)?
Viral image purports to show a young Nancy Pelosi (née Nancy D'Alesandro) posing in a bathing suit in an auto repair shop as "Miss Lube Rack 1955."
Road Sign: 'Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama'
Circulating via email, a photo purporting to show a highway sign in Kenya that reads "Welcome to Kenya, Birthplace of Barack Obama."
Nike Terrorism Ad
A phony Nike ad showing a bloody sneaker lying intact on the pavement after a terrorist attack bears the slogan, "You may not survive the blast, but your shoes will."
Protest Sign: 'We Will Shoot More Police in Arizona'
Viral image purports to show a sign carried by a protester during a May Day pro-immigration rally which says "Give Us Free Health Care, Jobs - No Taxes, House, Food, You Owe Us America! We Will Shoot More Police in Arizona Until We Get Free!"
Racist Obama Book Display at Barnes & Noble
Circulating via email, a photo taken of a window of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida featuring a display of Barack Obama books into which a book named 'Monkeys' has been inserted.
Red Cross Debit Card Photo Results in Fraud
According to this email tale, an AFP news photo containing a close-up of a Red Cross Debit Card issued to Hurricane Katrina victim Latesha Vinette instantly resulted in fraudulent charges on a massive scale.
Sarah Palin in Bikini with Rifle
Emailed image purports to show Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin posing for a photo wearing an American-flag bikini and carrying a rifle.
Statue by Iraqi Artist 'Kalat' Pays Tribute to Slain U.S. Troops
Emailed photos show a memorial statue by Iraqi artist "Kalat" purportedly honoring the American troops who liberated his country.
Tom Daschle's Left-Handed Flag Salute
"Brooks Brothers suit: $680. Political career to become Senate Majority Leader: $15 million. Using the wrong hand while repeating the Pledge of Allegiance: PRICELESS."