Nicola Sturgeon mistaken for scientist in Vox piece on US health care

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A photograph of Nicola Sturgeon peering into a microscope was used as a stock photo in an article about American politician’s health care proposals.

The Vox article, a serious analysis piece about how the bill would affect US citizens, included a picture of Scotland’s first minister to illustrate scientific research.

The photograph of the SNP leader was actually taken earlier this month during a visit to a life science laboratory in Glasgow, and has nothing to with American healthcare.

The error was not missed on social media:

Another person joked that a similar photograph of German Chancellor Angela Merkel would have been just as suitable:

This is not the first time a photograph of a British politician has been used by American media to illustrate an unrelated issue.

In December 2016, a US TV bulletin used a picture of former Labour leader Ed Miliband blowing his nose at a party conference in a feature about flu vaccinations.

And it’s not just American media making the mistake. In January 2014, the BBC tweeted an article about football training sessions helping men to lose weight.

According to the BBC, the picture is actually a close up of Ed Balls’ waistline from 2008. Again, the mistake didn’t go unnoticed.

Vox have since deleted the photograph of Nicola Sturgeon. 


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