Oops: Fake Hurricane Sandy photos flood Twitter, fool many


Earlier today, we told you about a photo being circulated around Twitter that purportedly showed sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while being pelted by rain from Hurricane Sandy. While the photo itself was authentic, it had actually been taken during another storm last month. Today alone, Twitterers have been fooled by several photos falsely being attributed to Hurricane Sandy.

A dramatic weather event like Hurricane Sandy lends itself well to rampant Photoshopping and manipulation. Here are some of the biggest Sandy photo hoaxes:


As this Twitterer points out, that photo is actually a still taken from the crappy global warming disaster flick “The Day After Tomorrow”:

This incredible photo has been getting a ton of buzz on Twitter:

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She was right to be suspicious. Photoshopping, anyone?


It’s worth noting that Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski was among the most enthusiastic tweeters of fake Sandy photos. Mysteriously, his tweets touting the photos seem to have disappeared. Funny, that. Buzzfeed put out a real-versus-fake quiz of Hurricane Sandy photos and made no mention of his errors. Fortunately, some of his tweets have been preserved for posterity here.

Kaczynski is now attempting to cover his tracks by pushing out blatantly fake photos:

Nice try, Andrew. But next time, just admit you messed up.

Fake photo fatigue is already setting in, and Twitterers are hoping that the hoax storm weakens quickly:

  • o0Nighthawk0o

    The pic of the Statue of Liberty and the storm behind it is a photoshop. The storm pic is here:

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      So, they Photoshopped the Statue of Liberty out and put in a two-lane country road and green grass? That’s genius! *grin*

  • stuckinIL4now

    One thing not fake in the storm is the heavy wet snow falling in Snowshoe, WV. Just saw a Weather channel report and there was mention of them possibly powering up the ski lifts–that is, if the power doesn’t go out.

  • Right Wired

    “Never let a good crisis go to waste” -Rahm Emanuel

  • http://alankhenderson.blogspot.com/ alanhenderson

    I lived within 2 miles of the Gulf of Mexico for the first 27 years of my life in 4 different states. I know what these storms look like. The only realistic photo is the one with Godzilla.

  • http://alankhenderson.blogspot.com/ alanhenderson

    Now THIS is a genuine image of Sandy.

    • Chris Burke

      Geez! That picture is from years ago! What are you trying to pull, huh?

      • http://alankhenderson.blogspot.com/ alanhenderson


  • http://twitter.com/DaffodilTimes The Daffodil Times

    HA just goes to show you how “reliable” Twitchy is, can’t even check sources before posting

    • lainer51

      almost as reliable as Barry telling the world the murders of 4 Americans was due to an obscure, out-dated video.. YUP – reliable is his “other” middle name.

  • lainer51

    I will be sending a picture of Barry flying through the air –
    well, not exactly, but I did see an empty chair go by my window!

  • https://twitter.com/davidjkramer DavidKramer

    The Van Jones photo I think is real, it is a photo of Obama’s economic plans.

    • BeeKaaay

      Which one? The one of the toilet flushing (which is our future under Obama II)

  • tjp77

    It’s the perfect storm!!!

    • GoldStandardnb

      thumbs up!

    • http://alankhenderson.blogspot.com/ alanhenderson

      The saucers are firing on Wall Street. The aliens are upset over their Facebook IPO losses.

  • freeinaz

    Didn’t take long for the global warming/ climate change goons to come out and place the blame for Sandy on this.