Posted by: micahalbert | July 10, 2008

Iranian Imagery, a missile too many

Apparently Iran thought that 4 missiles would be 33% more scary than three.



I love it when this happens. Today’s front page of the NY Times website ran a story of the AFP (Agence France-Presse) screw-up of distributing the photo. Unfortunately, before anyone had caught the one missile too many, the photo had appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several others. AFP said that it obtained the image from Sepah News, the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on Wednesday.

Today, the Associated Press distributed what appeared to be nearly the same photo from the same source and AFP retracted its four-missile version.

To me, this really is bad Photoshop work – it looks like a 5-year-old kid did it. What is troubling is how many people missed it.

Furthermore, what is frustrating for me is, events like this tend to make the average person maybe not trust the validity of photojournalism. As a person, and industry, which prides themselves on showing truth and reality, this is unfortunate on the mark it can make on peoples trust of media. However, this particular example is pretty dang hilarious and I got a good laugh out of it.



  1. what a hoot!! I enjoy your observations Micah…how are you and Lindsey settling in? I keep you in my prayers. Aunt Marcia

  2. At this point I’m not sure if GETTING CAUGHT running propaganda for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard can do any further damage to the publications you mentioned…it’s pretty clear that their subscriptions are spiralling down uncontrollably right along with their credibility.

    It’s easy to see why some refer to those in the mainstream media as the “drive-bys” when they are more than happy to secure a picture that fits into their idea of “truth and reality” then paste it on their front page (above the fold) without even checking its veracity…

    Yes, we need to question journalism now-a-days and decide if we’re going to fall hook-line-and-sinker for a single outlet’s coverage of a story or seek out further information elsewhere to get a balanced perspective.

    Maybe it is time we start relinquishing our trust in mass media and begin to build our own faculties of reason/investigation.

    Willfully disseminating propaganda from an enemy who has supplied, financed, and trained those bent on killing this nation’s finest in Iraq is treasonous and disgusting. “Hillarious” it is not and I question why there is no Congressional hearings into this latest LA Times “Oops” moment…oh wait, it’s a Democratically controlled Congress, never mind- they won’t see anything wrong with this anyway.

    Shame on MSNBC…
    Shame on the LA Times…
    Shame on the Chicago Times…
    Shame on the Financial Times…
    (If they even know the meaning of the word anymore.)

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