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Getty Images Springs Into Action

Last week, I pointed out a misleading caption that suggested that the graffiti shown in the accompanying picture were “bad words”, whereas they were actually biblical verses. Israellycool reader Seth took the initiative to point this out to Getty Images in an email:

I have stumbled across the following image and there is a major issue with the description.
http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Detail.aspx?axd…
Go to that link, the comment says “Jewish settlers scrawled bad words on the walls of a mosque… The settlers scrawled ‘Mohammed is a pig’ and ‘Death to the Arabs’ on the front of a mosque”
Clearly, your Hebrew is extremely rusty, because what is written on the wall is actually a quote from the Jewish Bible, aka the Tanach. Please update this on your website. As a trusted media outlet you should maintain a higher level of integrity. Please respond to this with your answer so I know it was received. I sure hope this was a mistake and not intentional. Pleaser note that I am NOT saying what happened is okay at all, in fact I condemn it, however you still have the responsibility to accurately report on the situation.

Seth reports he received the following response:

Hello

Thank you for your recent email. We are correcting our captioning for the images in question.

Thanks again,

Vincent Formanek
Getty Images
1-800-IMAGERY

[email protected]

Seth posted this comment 7 hours ago, which means Getty Images has had over 7 hours to correct the caption. Yet as of the time of this post, the misleading caption remains.

I wouldn’t have thought correcting a caption would be such a time consuming process.

Then again, I wouldn’t have thought the media’s job was to report events any which way they like.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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