Photo paired with headline made it appear as though LAPD investigating Elder for slapping a woman

Source: by Adan Salazar

The Los Angeles Times is being accused of running a deceptive photo alongside a headline concerning a recent attack on Republican California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder.

In a Thursday article titled, “LAPD is investigating altercation involving Larry Elder at Venice homeless encampment,” [archived] editors used an LA Times photo in which it looked like Elder is slapping a woman.

“Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder meets supporters during a tour in Venice on Wednesday,” the image is captioned.

That caption, however, doesn’t appear on Twitter, where the photo paired with the headline made it appear as though LAPD was investigating Elder for slapping a woman – which never happened.

The perceived media dishonesty was immediately caught by many online, including the woman in the photo, Soledad Ursua.

Ursua explained the photo was taken just before she was about to hug Elder.

A woman wearing a pink-haired gorilla mask threw an egg at him and other protesters hit a member of his group in the face multiple times.