Thursday, January 19, 2006

N.Y. Times caught in photo fakery

Pakistanis shown with 'missile'
allegedly fired by U.S.

© 2006

The New York Times is accused of running a staged photograph of beleaguered Pakistanis standing with a missile in the midst of their damaged home after a U.S. predator-drone attack aimed at al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The problem, say analysts, is the "missile" actually is an old, unexploded artillery shell, possibly with its fuse intact.

But on its website, the Times captioned the photo by Agence France-Presse this way: "Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border."

The photograph adds fuel to the anti-American protests by Islamic groups over the purported CIA airstrike Saturday, which Pakistan claims killed innocent civilians. Investigators are trying to determine if Zawahiri was among at least 17 people killed in the attack...

Well, we ARE talking about the NY Times. But how does a newspaper that repeatedly does this kind of thing maintain it's credibility?

You can read the entire article HERE.

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