Vice News was brutally mocked by many on social media who suspected a photo in one of their reports about the cartel drug war in Mexico may have been staged.
The photo in question appeared in an article last Thursday that took readers “Inside El Chapo’s Son’s House After a Deadly Gunfight.”
The article featured numerous photos from within drug kingpin El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzman’s compound after Mexican security forces arrested him last week.
Keen readers latched onto one photo in the report that showed an unfired “high caliber” bullet complete with casing lodged inside the gate of the compound, mocking the photo as an obvious fabrication.
One tweet by conservative comedians the Hodgetwins, which asked, “Did the reporter put the unfired bullet in that hole for the pic? C’mon,” received over 7.4 million views and over 75 thousand likes.
“Shit like this is just 1 example of why nobody trusts the media anymore,” they added.
Other social media users also poked holes in the photo, with one joking Vice failed to report El Chapo’s son was fired on “with futuristic weapons that somehow fire an entire bullet, casing and all.”
1. Who is still funding Vice?
2. Somebody must have one hell of a pitching arm to throw a .223 bullet+casing through a metal wall.
— Spencer (@Spencersaudio) January 24, 2023
Without explanation, Vice appears to have stealth-edited the photo’s caption, changing it from, “A high-caliber bullet poked at one of the gates outside Ovidio Guzmán’s house in Jesús María, Sinaloa,” to, “A bullet left inside a bullet hole in the gates outside Ovidio Guzmán’s house in Jesús María, Sinaloa.”
See the updated photo caption below:
The article does not explain why an unfired bullet would have been left inside the bullet hole.
The author of the Vice article did not respond to Infowars’ request for comment as of writing.
The fake news accusations come as Vice Media is up for sale with a valuation of less than $1 billion, despite being worth over $5.7 billion in 2017.
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