Conservative pundit David Frum apologized on Wednesday for alleging that the New York Times and other outlets had run faked photos from the violence in Gaza.
Frum made the charge in a series of tweets on July 24th:
Faked photo leads NYT story today http://t.co/x08PRt4epG
— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 24, 2014
He leveled the same charge at Reuters, saying the wire service was running falsified images of bloodshed in Gaza.
This was the picture Frum took issue with:
His only evidence appeared to be that one of the people in the picture had less blood on him in other images.
BagNewsNotes' Michael Shaw, a blogger who specializes in the analysis of news images, thoroughly debunked Frum's claims with fellow critics -- including the photographer who actually captured the moments Frum said were fake -- following suit. The most succinct and final response came from the Times' Anne Barnard, who has been reporting from Gaza and who tweeted this at Frum on Wednesday:
. @davidfrum Hysterical guy's brother took him to bathroom and presumably washed his face btw shots. End of story. I saw whole photo series
— Anne Barnard (@ABarnardNYT) July 30, 2014
Eventually, Frum had to back down. In a post at The Atlantic on Wednesday, he admitted he'd made an error: "I was wrong on Twitter, and I retract and apologize for my mistake."