The photo was a fake

Byline: | Category: Blogging, Economy, Media | Posted at: Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Surely you remember the cover photo on the (London) Independent story entitled:

USA 2008: The Great Depression


Blogger Vernon Dent found that the photo came not from 2008 but from 2005.  Here’s the caption on Getty Images who owns the picture:

New York Mayor Hands Out Coats To The Poor
NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 30: People wait on line to receive donated coats at the kickoff of the 17th annual New York Cares Coat Drive a the Bowery Mission November 30, 2005 in New York City. Bloomberg helped give out coats to residents of the Mission and the coat drive hopes to collect and distribute 80,000 coats to needy New Yorkers by New Years. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The deceitful photo, the hyperbolic headline, and the hyperventilating conclusion about how America was headed into a new depression was based on nothing more than a story about a 5.6% increase in the number of food stamp recipients over 2007 because the food stamp program increased its outreach and changed its distribution method in order to purposefully get benefits to more people.

That’s an example of journalistic malpractice of the worst kind–even for a tabloid.

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