Fauxtography: Slate humiliates Frank Rich

posted at 5:03 pm on September 13, 2006 by Allahpundit

Read the original post, then the exciting conclusion. It’s not photoshopped, it’s not staged, it’s not even miscaptioned. It’s a whole new specie of photo follies: agenda-driven misinterpretation. Or, a glaring case of projection. Same thing, really, except for the degree of conscious intent.

Imagine what we could have accomplished if we’d had Times editors and fact-checkers helping us out on Reutersgate. We would have uncovered … exactly the same stuff we uncovered without them.

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God, I hate the New Yorks Times, and it’s little dog, Frank Rich too.

Still, it was nice being described as a young person. I was forty at the time the photograph was taken.

Heh.

Pablo on September 13, 2006 at 5:20 PM

The first line of Walter Sipser’s e-mail says it all:

A snapshot can make mourners attending a funeral look like they’re having a party.

Yup.

Carvin Guitar Man on September 13, 2006 at 5:24 PM

I ran across that while gathering pics for my 9/11 tribute and thought…“so what were these people *supposed* to be doing — screaming and pulling their hair out?”

Frankly, I’ve seen other photos much more exploitive than this one.

The Ugly American on September 13, 2006 at 5:28 PM

He instead chose to publish the photograph that allowed him to draw the conclusions he wished to draw, conclusions that also led Frank Rich to write, “The young people in Mr. Hoepker’s photo aren’t necessarily callous. They’re just American.

Rich and Hoepker aren’t necessarily callous. They’re just anti-American.

JammieWearingFool on September 13, 2006 at 5:29 PM

Come to think of it, I’ve been at a lot of funerals that were parties.

JammieWearingFool on September 13, 2006 at 5:30 PM

A snapshot can make mourners attending a funeral look like they’re having a party.

They can also make partiers attending a funeral look like they’re mourning

The Ugly American on September 13, 2006 at 5:36 PM

Looking at the three people closer to the water it seems obvious that they had been watching the billowing smoke of the ruins and turned perhaps to speak to one of the other two. Look at the positions of their bodies, especially the woman in the middle. She looks as though she’d turned her upper body away from the scene across the water, not how I’d expect her to be sitting if she had ‘already moved on’.

How long will it take the journos to get the message that we’re not that stupid?

Retread on September 13, 2006 at 5:44 PM

A snapshot can make mourners attending a funeral look like they’re having a party.

They can also make partiers attending a funeral look like they’re mourning

The Ugly American on September 13, 2006 at 5:36 PM

Whoa, haven’t seen that in years. Clinton the Loose Truther crying out of one eye. Rush used to show that.

JammieWearingFool on September 13, 2006 at 5:45 PM

Frank Rich Stinks, Exhibit ZZZZZ.

Jim Treacher on September 13, 2006 at 5:52 PM

Rich and Hoepker aren’t necessarily callous. They’re just anti-American.

Yes, the are necessarily callous…their own need to be “relevant” and “edgy” rule them. Most decidedly anti-American because it is just SO fashionable dont you know.

labwrs on September 13, 2006 at 6:07 PM

That is hilarious. I don’t know how Rich even begins to jump to the conclusion he jumped to. What does he think, every single person in New York was running
around wailing and waving their hands in the air the whole day? Where was he?
Didn’t he spend most of the day with a reasonably controlled
expression on his face? I did. And I spent a lot of the day sitting
too. And I occasionally even turned my head away from the
towers/smoke. And talked to other reasonably controlled people. What a weirdo.

Alex K on September 13, 2006 at 6:33 PM

You had me at “humiliates Frank Rich”.

thirteen28 on September 13, 2006 at 6:50 PM

“so what were these people *supposed* to be doing — screaming and pulling their hair out?”

no, that’s MY job. :)

pullingmyhairout on September 13, 2006 at 7:02 PM

And this is why a photog can be three feet away from an enemy sniper and absolutely not care if an American soldier goes down, as long as he gets the picture.

Anwyn on September 13, 2006 at 7:06 PM

Such complacency as we have, the Left will remember fondly. I’m willing to consider it a settled matter that Hoepker and Rich’s interpretation was supported by their wishful thinking alone, especially since I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what they think. But how stupid is it of leftists to make a jab at anyone for alleged complacency about terrorism and the islamic imperialism behind it? If the United States becomes fully roused before we suffer a decapitating or disabling strike, it’s the Left who stand to lose everything. What will be the power of “multiculturalists” when Americans have gotten fully pi$$ed off with “the religion of peace”? Who will give any more attention to the AARP’s demands, after childless, overtaxed Americans have seen muslims inherit France and the rest of Europe? Who will give a damn about the UN, the State Department, or Executive Order 12333, once Americans have decided they’ve suffered enough? Who will read the NYT once they’ve tasted the red meat at HotAir.com?

Kralizec on September 13, 2006 at 8:32 PM

Who will read the NYT once they’ve tasted the red meat at HotAir.com?

Mmm. Sizzling hot commentary.

You rock.

JammieWearingFool on September 13, 2006 at 8:37 PM

Rich needs to go back to Broadway were he reviewed gay plays.

pocomoco on September 13, 2006 at 9:21 PM

Rich needs to go back to off-Broadway, where he made gay plays…

Your Ugliness,

the Clinton “I’m laughing, no, wait, I’m crying” video is a priceless blast from the past. This world may never see another man who is so utterly full of shit…

Jaibones on September 13, 2006 at 11:36 PM