Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Fauxtography by the New York Times

This picture, taken by Mohamad Torokman of Reuters appears in today's NYTimes above the caption: "A Palestinian woman fled Tuesday from an Israeli military raid in Zababida in the West Bank".



I am thinking that it's posed, staged, fabricated.

I can see some men in the background and the car is empty, with no body remains so here's what I am thinking that this woman either innocently tried to get by or was asked by the photographer to slink by. The caption suggesting that she's fleeing an Israeli raid is wrong, misleading, unethical.

Here's the Reuters' caption and notice the difference:

A Palestinian woman runs near a burning vehicle during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank village of Zababida, near Jenin March 18, 2008.


Here's another picture from that series with the caption: "Palestinian stone-throwers run near a burning vehicle during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank village of Zababida, near Jenin March 18, 2008".



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Atlas Shrugs has me up.

2 comments:

John said...

Another odd characteristic of the pictures is that the car has obviously been burning for some time, yet the two scenes with first the woman and then the men running by suggest that they are escaping from an attack that occurred only seconds before the photos were taken.
But hey this was just creative use of photography to express the NYT's truth (not to be mistaken for The Truth).

YMedad said...

Yes, right. But anyone who reads this and feels that the NYT is wrong, write to public@nytimes.com to complain.