SSBG

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NY Times Faking it

Posted by ssbg on January 16, 2006

 

At the American Thinker, Thomas Lifson captures the New York Times in the act of being itself: “Photo fakery at the New York Times.” (First captured here, courtesy of Instapundit.)

The Times’ caption said: “Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.” Only it’s not the remains of a missile, it’s an old artillery shell. Which means the photo was deliberately faked by the people depicted, probably with the knowing aid of the AFP photographer. I think the villagers were lying about not hosting members of al Qaeda, too.

For those who may not follow the links, here is the photo:

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It appears that the Times, once-upon-a-time regarded as the last word in reliability when it comes to checking before publishing (which makes them so much better 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

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

“Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.?

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.

“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!?

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 New York Times.

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