Did a firefighter act like a super hero and lift a fire truck with one hand? Apparently, a caption writer for NBC News thinks so.
But, the Associated Press, which released the photo, carried an accurate photo caption reading:
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“A Los Angeles fireman looks under a fire truck stuck in a sinkhole in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009. Four firefighters escaped injury early Tuesday after their fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a burst water main in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)”
That caption was used by the New Haven Register in its March 2, 2013 slideshow on “Sinkholes around the world – the last 20 years.”
iMediaEthics asked NBC News to correct its caption. NBC News’ Meghan Piana told us this afternoon that the caption would be updated “to accurately reflect the photo.” As of 2:30 PM ET, the caption has been fixed (without disclosure) to read that the fireman now “looks under” the truck.
UPDATE: 3:44PM EST: Added quote from original caption.