In today’s world, you can fake your hair color, job qualifications, photographs — and now you can even fake crime scenes.
In a segment that aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” it appears that reporter Linsey Davis is standing in front of the crime scene where a woman was found held captive by a sex offender in a storage container. The “police line do not cross” tape in the background of the shot added to the feelings of horror surrounding the story.
When the camera zooms out, or more accurately, when CNN Money obtains a photo of the segment, it is revealed that the tape isn’t sectioning off a crime scene. The photo shows that producers had tied the tape to production equipment to be used as a prop during the segment.
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ABC News’ Vice President of Communication, Julie Townsend, said in a statement:
“This action is completely unacceptable and fails to meet the standards of ABC News.”
Or is it? In April, David Fezekas, a producer for ABC, created a fake reservation list for a segment about a restaurant in upstate New York after the chef wouldn’t let him use the actual list. Fezekas defended his actions by comparing them to a “reenactment in a documentary.”
This recent attempt to enhance a story by embellishing the circumstances comes at the expense of the viewers’ trust.
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According to a Gallup poll from September 2016, American’s trust in the media is at an all-time low, with only 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.
With two confirmed accounts of details being doctored, it leaves the minds of ABC viewers open to question how many other times they’ve been misled by the media adapting details to fit their narrative.