It’s Not A Motorcycle, Baby, It’s A Chopper
This came up in a discussion elsewhere, so I would like to present the question to those more expert than myself: Is there something… off about the helicopter on the cover of Time magazine?
Because it looks a lot like one of these:
Which would be something of a problem, since that’s an Mi-24 “Hind” — a Russian helicopter — metaphorically pulling the USA out of Iraq.
I’m no expert, of course, but the protuberances on the front and rear combined with the distinctive landing gear don’t match any American birds I can recall. Is there an actual, you know, American military helicopter with a similar silhouette that I’m forgetting? Or is this just one more example of the MSM’s lack of attention to detail in military matters?
UPDATE (James Joyner): Dodd is making a very small point, although one I’ve made before as well: That mainstream media coverage of military matters often gets even basic things wrong.
There’s nothing nefarious about it; it’s just a matter of competence. The fact that the cover art designer got the clip-art wrong isn’t that big a deal. The fact that none of TIME’s editors and other staff noticed, though, says something. The same was true in the recent case of NPR’s repeatedly referring to the 1st Armored Division as the 1st Army Division. It’s not only annoying to those of us who care about such things, it shows how little interest those covering the war have in understanding the men they’re covering.
Yes, the press is run by fallible humans and they’re naturally going to make mistakes. At the same time, they don’t seem to get basic facts about the operation of arcane rules in Congress wrong. And they go out of their way to make sure they don’t offend foreigners by pronouncing their names in an Anglicized fashion.
It’s not just the press, either. Movie makers do it constantly. Politicians, too, as the repeated use of images of Canadian soldiers by Democratic operatives in making political points about American military demonstrates.
Then again, these are the same people who repeatedly confuse “semi-automatic” weapons with fully automatic machine guns.