Monday, January 16, 2006

The New York Times, Stuck in 1984

In a act of Orwellian proportions, The New York Times has been caught faking the news. Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker has the story: "Photo Fakery at the New York Times." You can view the photo at The Reason, where Jeff Taylor first exposed the Times.

The Times' caption for the picture read:
Pakistani men with the remains of a missile fired at a house in the Bajur tribal zone near the Afghan border.
Except the "remains of a missile" described in the photo are actually just a piece of an old artillery shell. This means that the photo was deliberately staged by those shown in it, most likely with the help of the photographer as well. Not a problem for the NY Times, however, a paper that figures if it hurts Bush it has to be the truth, and therefore fit to print.

But just like the Los Angeles Times' front page story based on a quote taken from an exposed April Fool's Joke, the NY Times has provided yet another example of why MSM reporting is unreliable. These papers have made so many "honest mistakes" in the recent past that even the less scrupulous readers of the public are catching on. It's not that the papers are experiencing an increase in "slip-ups", but instead that they are purposely running stories without proper fact-checking out of political motivations.