Drudge Report Used Photo of Children in Syria to Depict U.S. Border Crisis
According to the photographer of the 2012 image, Christiaan Triebert, Drudge not only used the photo completely out of context ― the guns, he said, were toys ― they also featured it without crediting Triebert.
He called it an “obscene misrepresentation” of the photo’s actual depiction:
Were gun-toting children photographed on the United States border?No. The @DRUDGE_REPORT used my photo of children holding toy guns in Syria without credit, a description, or attribution to illustrate a story about immigration to the US. More at @Snopes: https://t.co/FJHWCxMpwY
The @DRUDGE_REPORT‘s use of the photo is an obscene misrepresentation of what the photo I took actually depicts, I told @germanrlopez, who also did a good write-up on @voxdotcom. https://t.co/KIZp0OwbRG
The website eventually replaced the image with another one, shot in 2013, of migrants riding atop a train in Mexico towards the U.S. border.