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Spotting the fake photos during Hurricane Sandy coverage

While New Yorkers and others in the northeast sit around waiting for Hurricane Sandy to strike, the rest of America is following the coverage online through Twitter and other social media. Unfortunately, that opens up the door for fake photos to go viral and lead people to believe the storm looks worse than it really is. So, to keep you from falling for some of the tomfoolery, here are today’s most popular Fake/Real photos from Hurricane Sandy, as well as other photos that could confuse someone who stumbles across them.

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Be careful out there, Internet users.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

33 Comments for Spotting the fake photos during Hurricane Sandy coverage



  1. sifromduckdynasty
    4:20 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky 2 Maryland 0
    (its on like donkey kong jack!)
    see you Nov. 7th!!



  2. Matt
    4:23 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure the first Tomb picture is real, whether or not it is from Hurricane Sandy. I’ve seen it posted on reputable Army websites today (unless they were duped as well).



  3. MemphisCat
    4:24 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    ul celebrating the Big least tourney .vs. UK celebrating the National Championship. Good stuff!!!



  4. James K
    4:27 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Very nice.



  5. why?
    4:31 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Drew… What makes you think some of those pictures are fake? Have you ever seen a storm front? derp



  6. jq
    4:34 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I would stake my life on the first pic of the guard detail at the Unknown Soldier being REAL!
    For they are taught DISCIPLINE and that is what it takes, to suceed. I would love to have had YOU and MATT at the UNIVERSITY of PARRIS ISLAND and had been YOUR DRILL INSTRUCTOR!



  7. Blair
    4:34 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Well done, as per usual.



  8. Absolutely
    4:36 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    ^2 is right. First picture is real but it was not taken today.



  9. btowncatfan
    4:37 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    If you will do a little reading from the post you will see that these pictures are fake Hurricane Sandy photos, not necessarily fake altogether. Although a couple of the fake one’s look completely photoshopped.



  10. Common sense
    4:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    The first picture is real, it’s just from a different storm, not Sandy. Easy there Major Payne.



  11. The Fake Fake Gimel Martinez
    4:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure that the point about the top picture is that it was not taken today. It is being passed off across social media as a picture from Hurricane Sandy. It was just used as the photo in stories about the guards staying put at the tomb, but was from another rainstorm.



  12. Linda
    4:38 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Love the National Championship fake vs. real



  13. Big Blue Bomber
    4:44 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Post like this are why I check KSR 3 times a day, at least!



  14. jq
    4:45 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Drew you and your WIMP friends would shit all over yourself when you had to sleep in it and trudge ahead, because it was your JOB for a year or longer!



  15. Multiple Hurricane Veteran
    4:46 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    5. Nope, you’re wrong. Those are simple thunderstorm clouds. You don’t see that with a hurricane.



  16. Jake Griffie
    4:56 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    LOL @ 10. *trolls the jq guy*



  17. Sandy'sDad
    4:58 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink


  18. GottaGet9
    5:08 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome work! I have to repost!



  19. why?
    5:24 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    15… that doesn’t mean they are fake photos



  20. Did I just see that
    5:39 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    What is Twanny doing to Anthony Davis in that photo?



  21. meya'll
    5:40 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    19. they are, im too lazy to link them, but the storm is from a midwestern state, taken from a long distance. They are superimposed with pitures of downtown manhattan and the statue of liberty. Ive seen the originals a million times



  22. bsquared
    5:46 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    I see what you did there…..clever haha



  23. bluefan
    6:37 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    hahahah! Good stuff.



  24. Black Eye
    6:47 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Haha 20. That’s right after TJ punched him square in the face. Worth another Youtube watch.



  25. old_school
    7:56 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    The first picture is real – just not taken during this storm. The photo was posted as part of a story about the Old Guard declaring their intentions to continue guarding the tomb of the Unknown since then have – uninterrupted – since 1947.

    Maybe there’s no current photo – because journalists don’t often aren’t of the same caliber of men that soldiers are.

    Hats off to these men who are carrying out their duty. On a page that makes heroes out of young men who play for UK for 8 months – it’s ok for us to really pause and celebrate the real heroes – young men who exhibit what real courage, dedication, duty and sacrifice are all about.



  26. LexDoc
    8:50 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    The Unknown Soldier pic was taken last month during a regular storm. There were posts on Facebook and other sites claiming it was taken during Hurricane Sandy. The pic itself is real, but the context isn’t.



  27. Vol Hater
    9:25 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Killed it as usual, Drew. Your posts are the best.



  28. Ron
    9:25 pm October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Out of respect, please pull down the first photo or retitle it as it REAL.



  29. Unknown Fan
    8:18 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    #25 What you said.
    BRAVO Sir!!



  30. agree
    10:10 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldnt say that first picture is fake, those men never leave that site always protecting it……. may not be from the storm but i betcha someone was there guarding it!



  31. Drew Franklin is a FAKE!
    11:38 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    He stole this idea off Yahoo News. Get REAL DREW!!



  32. Give proper Cred
    11:43 am October 30, 2012 Permalink

    And they got it from mashable watercooler but Yahoo gave credit to the site.



  33. NRDtech IT Consultants.
    4:23 pm October 31, 2012 Permalink

    Normally I do not read article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to try and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very great post.