Phony Photojournalism at the New York Times Busted

<img width="240" align="right" src="http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/afp/20060114/capt.sge.aph54.14... /><font face="Times New Roman">Just a heads up for a great piece on the New York Times’ latest entry into the “liberal phony photo-journalism posing as editorial content” category.</font><p /><p /><p><font face="Times New Roman">Kudos to Thomas Lifson of <i>The American Thinker </i>who has <i><a href="http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5163">busted</a></i> the Old Grey Lady once again:</font></p><p /><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px;"><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">Is a fake staged photo fit to print? What if it staged in a way that makes the US forces fighting the War on Terror look cruel and ineffective? The evidence argues that yes, it can run, and in a prominent position - at least in the case of the <em>New York Times</em> website. </span></font></p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);"><font face="Times New Roman">It appears that the <em>Times</em>, once-upon-a-time regarded as the last word in reliability when it comes to checking before publishing (which makes them <em>so</em> <em>much better</em> than blogs, of course), has run a fake photo on the home page of its website. The photo has since been removed from the home page, but still can be seen </font><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2006/01/14/international/worldspecial/... face="Times New Roman">here</font></a><font face="Times New Roman">. </font></span></p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">The picture shows a sad little boy, with a turbaned man next to him, a little bit further from the camera, amid the ruins of a house. Other men and boys peer in from the background. The photo is captioned </span></font></p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px;"><p style="margin-left: 1in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">“Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.” </span></font></p></blockquote><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">The story it accompanies is about the apparently failed attempt to take out al Qaeda’s #2 man al Zawahiri, with a missile attack from a Predator drone.</span></font></p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">“How sad!” readers are encouraged to think. “These poor people are on the receiving end of awful weapons used by the clumsy minions of Bush. And all to no avail. Isn’t it terrible? Why must America do such horrible misdeeds? Bush must go!”</span></font></p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;"><font face="Times New Roman"><span style="color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">The only problem is that the long cylindrical item with a conical tip pictured with the boy and the man is not a missile at all. It is an old artillery shell. Not something that would have been fired from a Predator. Indeed, something that must have been found elsewhere and posed with the ruins and the little boy as a means at pulling of the heartstrings of the gullible readers of the <em>New York Times</em>. <span style="font-size: 12pt; color: rgb(54, 26, 52);">More <a href="http://www.americanthinker.com/articles.php?article_id=5163">here</a>.</... />