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No, ABC News didn’t try to make Uvalde shooter ‘more Caucasian’

A doctored screenshot of ABC News coverage of the May 24 mass school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has gone viral to falsely claim that the network tried to make the shooter look “more Caucasian.” Let’s take a look at the facts.

A tweet that says, “ABC News altered Salvador Ramos’s photo to appear more Caucasian. Real photo of the Uvalde Texas shooter (right) vs photo posted by @abcnews @GMA (left).” The post includes screenshots of two other tweets. One includes a screenshot of what appears to be ABC News coverage and one with a photo of Salvador Ramos. The News Literacy Project has added a label that says, "DOCTORED SCREENSHOT."
ABC News did not alter a photo of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooter in an attempt to make him appear “more Caucasian.”
A doctored photo of the shooter was deceptively added to a screenshot of a tweet from ABC News (archived here) that included a video clip of its coverage.

NewsLit takeaway

Doctoring screenshots of news coverage is a common practice among bad actors online and invoking “the media” can be an efficient way to generate quick outrage. This example also taps into harmful false narratives, commonly pushed by white supremacists, that the mainstream news media has an “anti-white” agenda and bias. This post raises other red flags: It makes a bold claim in the wake of a highly politicized breaking news event and uses screenshots as “evidence” rather than linking directly to the original source.

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