Staged Hezbollah "Pieta" Photo Wins Picture of the Year Honors!
** Hah! **
Good acting wins International Picture of the Year Award honors!
Sports Shooter reports that The Pieta won first place in the “Human Conflict Picture Story” division.
You do remember this Hezbollah photo fraud don’t you?
Back on August 8, 2006 during the midst of the Israeli-Hezbollah war, the New York Times published this photo of the sweating, dust-free, cap-at-side-holding “victim” of Israeli bombings with the caption:
The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times)
Bizzyblog forwarded the “Dead Guy w/ no dust” photo here in the morning thinking that this guy looked pretty clean for a bomb attack.
There was a reason for that…
An anonymous commenter at this blog put the pieces together on this Hezbollah photo fraud by late in the afternoon. This is what was discovered about the photo essay:
This photo is part of a photo essay entitled “Turmoil in the Mideast” – Reports from Israel and Lebanon: Attack in Tyre” accessible through the NYT website. All of the photographs are attributed to Tyler Hicks/The New York Times. The photograph shown on your site is photo number 6 in the New York Times array.
** The slide show is still available HERE.
“Dead Guy w/ no dust” shows up with hat in photo no. 2 (right side) pointing out something to the photographer.
You see him again scrambling over debris in photo no. 3 and no. 4.
Image 6- The “dead” man is sweating and holding his hat by his side!
Caption: The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times)
** Notice that he is even holding his hat next to his body with his arm!
Michelle Malkin (and Claire) aptly coined this scam- “The Pieta”
It was sooo obvious that this was a staged shot that the New York Times was forced to make a correction the following day.
But, staged or just a tender moment…
The sweaty, dustless, limp, hat-holding Hezbollah enthusiast made enough of an impact on judges to win this year’s picture of the year award!
Maybe putting it in the “human conflict picture story” was the right way to go.