April 17, 2007, - 2:32 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
This is the week that Pulitzer Prizes in all areas of journalism are being announced. Many Pulitzer winners have been announced yesterday and today.
But the Pulitzer ain’t what it used to be.
A great example is the story of Allan Detrich, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in photography, who shot photos for the Toledo blade. He resigned from the paper on April 7th after acknowledging that he altered a photo of baseball players kneeling at their first game following a bus crach that killed five players in Atlanta.
Detrich said he altered the photo “by mistake.” But Blade VP and executive editor Ron Royhab admitted in a column that at least 57 other Detrich photos that had appeared in the Blade were altered. He erased people, tree limbs, and utility poles. But who knows what else he altered.
As we all know, a picture’s worth a thousand words. But those words are phony, when the picture is faked.
If this faux-tographer can come that close to winning a Pulitzer for his work, who else is in Pulitzer contention–or has won the Prize–for fake, fabricated “journalism”?
We know that, last year, several anti-Israel photographers for AP and Reuters got caught faking photos in the Israel-Hezbollah war.
You can’t believe everything you read . . . or see.
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