Today’s photo investigation.
The big “story” now is that the Women’s March left a big mess and that’s awful, and they should have cleaned it up. Here’s the image — it’s shocking!
Well, this is almost too easy. There’s two ways to do this. If you search Snopes for the term “Women’s March signs snopes” you’ll find an article that debunks the right-hand photo, at least partially:
What the Snopes article says about that righthand photo is it is signs left by the Women’s March, but these particular signs were left at the Trump International Hotel in D.C. as part of the protest. That’s why they are clustered together like that. Someone does have to clean them up, but it wasn’t routine littering. Additionally, the Parks Service has remarked the protest was tidier than previous events. While the Snopes article gives no single word ruling, their presentation is close to what they usually call “Mixed” — partially true, but misleading in presentation.
Speaking of cleaning up, what about the photo on the left-hand side:
Well, you see that “alamy” watermark by the guy’s waist? I’m guessing this is stock photography. And stock photography, in general, is not released after the day of an event, so I’m thinking this was taken long ago.
We’d like to right-click the photo and search by image, but my guess is that the two images pushed together won’t match anything. So let’s use the snipping tool.
Windows: Call up the “snipping tool“:
Use it to capture the piece of the photo you want to search for. Save it to somewhere you’ll remember:
Mac: Hold the “Command, Shift and 4” together and then select what you want to do a screen shot of. Save it to somewhere you’ll remember.
Now go to Google search and upload it, the way we’ve done with past photos.
Any of these results is probably good to click on, but I pick door number three, partially because it is so specific.
And when we do that, we have good luck. We get to the stock photo purchase page, where there is a full description:
We even get the date and location. It was shot seven years ago. So no, this was not from the march.
And… we’re done. Fake-a-rooni.