Friday, August 11, 2006

New York Times needs to correct the correction

Gateway Pundit has a story about a faked picture in the New York Times. It shows a picture of an apparently dead man being "pulled from the rubble", and that's what the caption in the Times said. But it turns out that the corpse was assisting the cameraman earlier in the shoot. The Times "corrected" the story with the following:
The man pictured, who had been seen in previous images appearing to assist with the rescue effort, was injured during that rescue effort, not during the initial attack, and was not killed.
Don't let them get away with this. The picture is obviously a posed shot, not a picture of someone injured. The man is pretending to be dead or unconscious yet is holding his hat under his arm. The other man is clearly pretending that the fallen man is dead; you don't help an injured and unconscious friend by grabbing one arm and pulling him up. There are other rescure workers in the background looking on. If someone had just fallen and injured himself so seriously that he was unconscious, would the other rescue workers just stand there and watch?

This is obviously a staged photo of a dead guy being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building, not a genuine photo of someone who was injured during rescue operations. The mistaken caption could be put down to a lying photographer, but the correction must be blamed on dishonest or incompetent editors.

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