In light of the Weather Channel’s Mike Siedel, caught faking his stance in the winds in North Carolina, the following image began circulating online as another example of faked news reporting. But context matters – its not fake but a genuine report. I saw this in my Twitter feed, although this one is from the copy on Snopes.com.
I’ve seen some of the original clips of this and Anderson Cooper was demonstrating the dangers of walking in shallow flood waters after Hurricane Ike. He moved around to illustrate how an unseen deep ditch turns a few inches of flood into a dangerous situation.
Anderson Cooper was doing a completely legitimate news report about this danger. This shows how a still image, capturing an instantaneous moment in time loses context – and can then be re-purposed for propaganda messaging.