Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Wire Service Backtracks On Photo Choice

"We apologise for any offence cause by this unfortunate human error. The photograph was removed from the story as soon as we realised the mistake and we have taken steps to ensure this does not happen again in the future."
-Britain's Press Association news agency expresses its regret over a picture it supplied to illustrate a story about a woman who was verbally abused by a group of soccer fans on a train. The PA's photo selection was "unmistakably the railway line leading up to the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland where, according to some estimates, more than one million Jews were massacred by the Nazis." [Via]


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according to some estimates…? Okay.

LondonLee (#922)

Hey, if it had been the NY Times they would, in the interests of balance, have gotten a quote from David Irving saying it was a lot less.

sigerson (#179)

WHAT? The original story is just priceless! I can't imagine this ever happening in America:

This woman reprimands some drunken soccer hooligans (about 30?!) who hoot and holler at a woman on a train platform. Then the drunken louts turn their attention to her and torment her and her husband (20 years older) and 5 year old child. She pulls the red handle to stop the train, an action that the train conductor reverses while ignoring her complaints. Then she pulls it again and "slithers" down to the track, where she stands on the tracks to stop the train.

At this point, does anyone forcibly remove her from the tracks? Do any of these "hooligans" riot and assault her? Does the train conductor arrest her? No, EVERYONE WALKS HOME.

How about moving to another car, away from the "hooligans"? This is just about the finest picture of English culture as I can imagine.

You say it's Social Network Week, I say it's Baudrillard Week.

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