Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Who ya going to believe - the caption or your lying eyes?

DayLife has a series of photos from Gaza, taken by Getty Images, each with the identical caption:

Christian Orthodox hold up candles lit from the 'Holy Fire' as thousands gather in the Church in Gaza City on April 24, 2011.
Most of the photos look like this:

A couple of dozen people at most in these photos, nto exactly "thousands."

But one of the photos looks like this:

Now, Gaza has maybe 3000 Christians altogether. The idea that "thousands" celebrated at this church seems more than a little far fetched. And from this last photograph, it looks like the church is far from full.

How many times do wire service captions shape the story more than the photos themselves?