Newspaper Criticized for Altering Boston Bombing Photo

by Christopher Freeburn | April 18, 2013 11:13 am

newspaper vending machines old 630 flickr 300x199 Newspaper Criticized for Altering Boston Bombing Photo [1]New York’s Daily News has come under fire for editing an image[2] of a victim of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.

The photo, which appeared on the newspaper’s front page, showed the carnage left in the wake of one of the two bombs that went off at the end of the marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 150 others. In the image, a woman is pictured receiving assistance as she lies on the ground with a stream of blood running from under one leg, the Washington Post notes.

However, the image does not show any particular wound on the woman. That’s because the newspaper edited the image to remove a gaping, bloody laceration on her leg.

A spokesperson for the Daily News noted that it had opted not to publish even more gory photos and that the front page image had been edited due to ”sensitivity.”

The New York Post, owned by News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA[3]) has also been criticized by media analysts for standing by early, inaccurate death toll tallies of the bombing.

With Americans rallying to help the victims of the atrocity in Boston, experts are urging caution for those making donations to unknown charities[4]. A number of new Internet domain names linked to alleged-charities were registered within hours of the bombings.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/newspaper_vending_machines_old_630_flickr.jpg
  2. come under fire for editing an image: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2013/04/17/daily-news-doctored-photo-out-of-sensitivity/
  3. NWSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=NWSA
  4. for those making donations to unknown charities: http://investorplace.com/2013/04/be-wary-of-boston-marathon-charity-scams/

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