Boston Globe Publishes Bogus Pictures

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Boston residents got more than they bargained for this morning when their copy of the Globe came complete with graphic photographic images depicting U.S. troops gang-raping Iraqi women.

Problem is the photos are fake. They were taken from pornographic websites and disseminated by anti-American propagandists, as first reported by WND a week ago.

WND contacted the Globe to question staff about the photos.

Asked whether the photos were the same as the porn photos WND already investigated, reporter Donovan Slack said, “I have no idea. I’m surprised the editor even decided we should write about it.”

She added: “Oh my God, I’m scared to answer the phone today.”

“It’s insane,” said Slack. “Can you imagine getting this with your cup of coffee in the morning? Somehow it got through all our checks. Our publisher’s not having a very good day today.”

Perhaps if the Globe refrained from publishing pornographic pictures to begin with–it’s a family newspaper, no?–it would help. But certainly a minimal amount of actual reporting and editorial oversight would be useful as well.

Hat tip: Akim at Empty Days

Update: Stephen Green, Andrew Sullivan, and Moe Lane are all over this one as well.

Update: Cross-town rival The Boston Herald has issued a correction.

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  1. JW says:

    I swear to God.

    IS IT TOO DIFFICULT TO DO YOUR @#$$#@$ JOBS? This kind of unreasoning, stupid, STUPID knee-jerk publishing is UNEXCUSABLE. Someone should fire the whole lot of the editing staff, from night copy guy on up the line. Now all journalists like me who try to do their jobs and try to treat people and issues fairly will have to answer for stupid, ignorant actions like this.

    I never thought I’d see the day when I was so ashamed of my profession. This is WAY, WAY WORSE than Jayson Blair. This is the Globe assuming that the pictures were authentic WITHOUT EVEN ASKING ANYONE IN A POSITION TO KNOW? This is BEYOND irresponsible. This is BEYOND WORDS!! WHAT were they THINKING?

  2. Jason says:

    These bogus stories at a time when our country is at war are irresponsible at the very least. It seems to me that American reporters are doing their best to undermine our progress and strengthen our enemies resolve. The press, in addition to Sen. Ted Kennedy, are asking for Rummsfeld to resign even though it has not yet been shown that he ordered the abuse in Abu Ghraib. The cheif editor at the Boston Globe should resign. It is his/her job to make damn sure that stories published are true. I think something as inflammatory as the story of our troops raping Iraqi civillians should be gone over with a fine tooth comb.

    Shame on everyone involved with the story and the publishing of such gargage.

    I hear there’s an opening at The Mirror in London.

  3. Christina says:

    Let me just get this out. The Boston Globe is not a very organized society. They cut Christmas bonuses and jobs. It does not surprise me that this has happened, as sad as it is.

    It is disgraceful to them, and in a sense, they deserve what may be coming to them.
    It is a terrible thing, to see this happen.
    Just know who to blame. It is not the entire Globe’s fault. It is not the photographer’s fault, because he was just doing his job to support his family (which I am a member of).
    Perhaps it is the photo editor’s fault. Or was it just a MISTAKE?

    Everybody makes them, so just stop pointing fingers and starting working on fixing things, or is that just too hard?