Jack Higgins and The Sun-Times have issued a statement apologizing to U.S. Servicemen for using the wrong photo in a cartoon regarding the alleged Haditha massacre.
Higgins, in doing Web research on the Haditha story, searched the Internet for images. A Yahoo search engine displayed a number of photos, one of which was labeled “IraqBodi…rd.jpg.” Clicking on that image took Higgins to the MSNBC/Newsweek site. On his screen then was the original Yahoo search preview image and under it a Newsweek page with a small image of the magazine’s current cover with the headline “The Haditha Question.” Higgins made the erroneous assumption that the image in the photo preview was a photograph of victims of the killings that unproved allegations say were committed by U.S. Marines. Further scrolling down the page would have produced another image of this photo with a caption that clearly identifies the dead as victims of Iraqi insurgents. The caption reads, “Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium.”
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