Photo From '70s Reprinted as Breaking News
In the latest example of how the 24-hour news cycle has changed fact-checking standards even among major news outlets, Time Magazine reprinted a 34-year-old photo of a tornado near Manhattan on its blog, mistakenly reporting the dramatic shot was taken during last week's severe thunderstorms.
The photo, which had gone viral on Twitter after a user posted it as a joke, was removed from Time's website after more than an hour and replaced by the following, "Correction: This post previously featured a photo from 1976."
The original post cited the source of the photo—a Twitter feed—with Time blogger Steven James Snyder noting he was "not sure if [Twitter user and New York City resident Dave Carlson] took the photo or merely found it online."
"I wasn't asked by him if the photo was real or not," Carlson told The Huffington Post's Craig Kanalley (Kanalley claims to have alerted Time to their mistake). "I got off my train stop and saw I had tons of @ replies. Not my intention whatsoever. Pretty ridiculous and I hope he didn't get in any trouble for posting false news."