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August 15, 2007

AFP and Yahoo News Win 'All Time' Dumbest Caption And Image Contest

Most bloggers have by now grown accustomed to blooper images and downright fabrications from the mainstream media. But AFP and Yahoo News have now taken this phenomenon to a whole new level.

Take a look at the below image and the caption describing it.


In case you're having trouble reading it, the caption reads: "An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. At least 175 people were slaughtered on Tuesday and more than 200 wounded when four suicide truck bombs targeted people from an ancient religious sect in northern Iraq, officials said.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)"

Notice anything strange about the picture? The only way that these two bullets "hit" her house was if they fell on her house from out of the sky or if someone threw them at her house. After all, they haven't been fired!

Captain Ed has additional commentary and links that you won't want to miss. Obviously, the AFP's photographer, Wissam al-Okaili, has had quite an interesting summer in Iraq and I'd love to find out what this guy's been drinking.

Interestingly, this same lady is very experienced at finding bullets.

UPDATE: AFP Removes Unfired-Cartridge Photo *Without Explanation* Shocker: Now With Dishonest "Correction"!

Content cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at August 15, 2007 6:48 PM

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