Credible Journalism?

Got a great morning post item for DT fans sent to us by an alert reader yesterday. Unfortunately, other items nudged themselves in front of this one, but we thought wed better get it out sooner rather than later.bullets.jpg

I know there are a lot of Iraq war skeptics reading this, but if ever there was more solid proof that those who criticize Iraq war coverage by the worlds mainstream press just might have a point, I dont know how better to distill it than with this picture...

Its an Agence France Press photo taken by Wissam al-Okaili whose caption reads:

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.

Uh, huh...these bullets hit her house during the raid. Our readers can certainly understand how that couldnt have been possible.

So why didnt an editor catch this obvious error? Well let DT readers reach their own conclusions on that one. Obviously some of the reporters, photogs and their editors either need to go to war coverage school or have their own ideas on how to portray conflict to the rest of us.

(Gouge to DT reader JH)

UPDATE: From DT reader "Wembly"...

PS The Getty site now shows: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. US and Iraqi troops carried out massive assaults against Shiite militants, killing four in Baghdad's volatile slum of Sadr City, and arresting several more across Iraq, the military said today. AFP PHOTO / WISSAM AL-OKAILI (Photo credit should read WISSAM AL-OKAILI/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor: Thanks for the new gouge, Wembley...

-- Christian

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