anyone up for some detective work?

February 22nd, 2005  

Topic: anyone up for some detective work?

taking from a blog, dig away!

Blogged by Brad on 2/14/2005 @ 2:21am PT...

CNN's Nuke Plant Photos Identical for Both Iran and N. Korea!
Who's the source for the photos?!
And are there any responsible corporate media outlets left in America?!

Two stories posted in the last week on the CNN website, one on nukes in Iran last Wednesday, and another on nukes in North Korea on Saturday, both use the...

Two stories posted in the last week on the CNN website, one on nukes in Iran last Wednesday, and another on nukes in North Korea on Saturday, both use the same aerial photograph of the same purported nuclear power plant!

But one is supposed to be in Iran and the other is supposed to be in North Korea!

A story posted Saturday to CNN's website suggesting that North Korea is rallying behind their leader Kim Jong Il in his latest nuclear saber-rattling makes use of a satellite photo described in the caption as "An aerial photo of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear plant outside of Pyongyang".

The photo is the third in a "slide show" at this CNN page. Hit 'Next' two times in the "slide show" and the following photo with caption will appear:

Oddly enough, last Wednesday the CNN website ran a story on nuclear weapons in Iran with an image captioned "Satellite image of a suspected Iranian nuclear-related facility".

That CNN page is here. The photo from that story is below:

Look familiar? Look very closely at both pictures if it doesn't.

In truth, if this wasn't so sad (and actually somewhat frightening) the irony of the sub-title for CNN's Iran story -- "Former weapons inspector: 'It's déjà vu all over again'" -- might be somewhat amusing. In the piece, U.S. chief weapons inspector David Kay is quoted urging the U.S. "not to make the same mistakes with Iran that he said it made with Iraq".

Déjà vu, indeed.

All of which begs at least these questions:

Who is the source for these photos? Was it the same person in both instances? Were they supplied by someone who may have an interest in ginning-up fears over the two so-far unconquered players in Bush's "Axis of Evil"?

Or will it be another CNN staffer who steps forward again to take the fall for this one?

And finally, a question that has been asked all too frequently here over the past year: What the hell has happened to the media in this country? Are there simply no national media organizations left who know how to do the job of reporting accurately, responsibly and in such a way that doesn't send us to war again due to their utter failure to do their jobs correctly?! (Yes, Judith Miller of The New York Times, we're talking to you...but you're not the only one).

The tip on this came in after midnight early Monday morning, too late to make any calls to try and get some answers to the above before going to sleep for the evening. However, we hope that by the time we wake, someone from the responsible media -- which apparently seems to be now considerably narrowed to the likes of bloggers and Internet-only news sites like RAW STORY -- gets some answers to these questions before CNN once again aids and abets the Bush administration into sending this country into yet another unnecessary and immoral war.


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February 22nd, 2005  
Charge 7
Only you could possibly think that anybody other than CNN's web designer was responsible for a photo mixup. They used the same photo twice by mistake. Big deal. Shows a lack of attention to detail on their part but nothing else. CNN is _not_ running satellite information for the military.
February 22nd, 2005  
actually yes....i did think that it would be a simple mix up.

but conspiracy theories are fun
February 22nd, 2005  
when you are going to report on a topic as serious as that you have an obligation to the public to at least show the right pictures. its not that hard to make sure the pic is correct.
February 22nd, 2005  
A Can of Man
Yeah that is a pretty serious screwup.
However, CNN has a fine reputation so mistakes like these are likely to be simple mistakes. Hope they got it all figured out though.