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August 15, 2007

UPDATE: AFP Removes Unfired-Cartridge Photo *Without Explanation*
Shocker: Now With Dishonest "Correction"!
Correction: Moved, Not Removed, On Yahoo

No correction, no explanation.

The picture still appears to be hosted on whichever server it was on -- it's still showing up on my site, and that's a direct hot-link from Yahoo, where I got it.

However, the link to the picture -- with that caption -- now leads to an entirely different photo. Update: Actually it seem to lead to a "the page is you requested cannot be found" statement. Check it out.

Bryan from Hot Air wrote to them earlier in the day. I trust -- ahem -- that AFP won't merely be airbrushing this from their record without explanation or apology.

Or disciplinary action.

I'm afraid that simply deleting the photo does you no good, AFP. We all have copies of it, idiots.

On Getty Images... It's still there, now with a dishonest correction.

CORRECTS BULLETS TO UNSPENT An elderly Iraqi woman holds up two unspent bullets at her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, 14 August 2007.

Ummm... that's not all that was corrected, AFP. The old caption said those bullets hit her house.

Now that you acknowledge they were never fired, of course you admit they could not have hit their house.

Funny how you just omitted that part without actually acknowledging your error there.

Why not just let that caption remain? The woman claimed these obviously-unfired cartridges hit her house. Why protect a liar from being exposed?

Unless, of course, you have a some interest in protecting a liar.

The woman claimed these unfired bullets hit her house. That is what she claimed, and that fact -- the fact of her making that claim -- remains true, unless the photograher simply made that up.

If the photographer made it up, he should be fired and AFP should admit this.

If he didn't make it up, then the woman is a proven liar, and the evidence of her stooging for Sadr should remain on the record, rather than being whitewashed away.

Correction: Charles Johnson hunted down the photo. It's still proudly dispalyed on Yahoo with the AFP logo. The caption has not been changed there.

It has, however, been moved for unknown reasons, to this gallery headlined "Iraqi Oil."

Subtle.

Where Does AFP Go From Here? Having photographed just about every mouldering old crypt-trollop in Baghdad showing off her collection of unfired bullets, what can AFP now do to propagandize against the war?

Children? Eh, they're getting a lot of mileage out of that already, and that seems sooooo Israel-Hezbollah War.

Something... even cuter than children. What could that be?

Glad you asked. Suitably Flip has an exclusive of tomorrow's lead AFP photo.






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