It Only Takes 20 Minutes to Shift the Blame

Update: I finally found the original, actual poster of the graphic depicting the New York Times shifting blame from the NYPD to OWS: FreakOutNation.

Via Ari Setsudo Pliskin:
Oct 1st, 6:59PM Eastern: New York Times publishes photo with the following blurb: “After allowing them onto the bridge, the police cut off and arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.”

7:19PM Eastern: New York Times edits the photo blurb to reframe the Brooklyn Bridge arrests: “In a tense showdown over the East River, police arrested hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after they marched onto the bridge’s Brooklyn-bound roadway.”

It only takes twenty minutes to shift the blame.

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5 thoughts on “It Only Takes 20 Minutes to Shift the Blame

  1. CeeCee says:

    It would seem the culprit was Al Baker, Police Bureau Chief for NYT as noted by the change in the byline. Nice…so much for objectivity but he wouldn’t be the first to compromise it at the NYT.

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  3. Carol says:

    Good catch… framing isn’t often so easily displayed but we all need to be reminded how often it is used — by ourselves as well as everyone else. Words aren’t neutral.

    • Ben Fenton says:

      It’s true, Carol. And I think one of the great things about blogging is that it doesn’t try to put on pretense of objectivity that newspaper reporting claims. Everyone knows it’s b.s. anyways (the claim of “non-biased” or objective reporting), and blogs just lay it out on the table. So if a person gathers information from a diverse set of sources, i.e. blogs, journals, newspapers etc., they can develop a much more accurate sense of the milieu.

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