WAR REPORTING GONE BAD….The Los Angeles Times printed a front page correction today admitting that one of its photographers had altered a photo that appeared in the paper on Monday. The photographer, Brian Walski, apparently liked the martial look of the soldier in the top picture, but preferred the pleading expression of the man with the child in the middle picture, so he Photoshopped the two together to make the bottom picture, which is the one that appeared in the Times. The giveaway, apparently, was the small, dark face just to the left of the soldier’s knee in the composite picture, which also appears just to the right of the soldier’s knee.
When asked about it, Walski fessed up and the Times fired him. They are to be commended for being so forthright about admitting this, but it just goes to show that having an editor might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Aaron Brown, take note.