I couldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. The Los Angeles Times actually ran a photograph on its A-1 cover from a dubious source.
And I thought only Malaysian newspapers were capable of such questionable standards in judgement.. So it appears newspapers in this country are not incapable of horrible news judgement either.
I’m sure I’m wasn’t the only person who noticed the use of a picture of a missile test launch which was attributed to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
The day the picture ran, July 9, I asked now what would possess the LA Times to use such a picture? It’s not that readers can’t visualize what a missile being launched looks like. Were they so hard up for â€œartâ€, a term used in newsroom circles of graphics and photographs?
The strange thing is that Agence France-Presse (AFP) is credited to be the source of the photograph, yet the Times credits the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. So which is it?
If the Times really knew the originator or the source, why did they use the picture? Didn’t they realize they were setting themselves up?
I wonder who the editor was that made that decision. More telling would be if that editor survived the LA Times’ most recent round of blood letting.
The original picture
The altered picture as it appeared on A-1 of the Los Angeles Times