is slander, pure and simple.
First the photo which ran with the story, was wrongly captioned. Additionally, it was stolen from Newsweek.
If you are left with the impression that the dead bodies on the ground were massacred by our Marines, that is exactly what the Times intends. Note the caption: "Victims in al-Haditha. The US is carrying out two inquiries (AP)."
It is clearly the same location. The same set of dead bodies. The second is a wider shot with three additional bodies in the foreground.
But guess what? The photo, according to this Newsweek caption of the scene, is not of the Nov. 19 incident in Haditha involving our Marines, as the UK Times would have you believe.
Read the caption:
"Insurgents in Haditha executed 19 Shiite fishermen and National Guardsmen in a sports stadium."
Our Marines did not kill these people.
The terrorists did.
Here's more from the Newsweek article from last May--that is, six months before the incident involving our Marines :
For more information please read this article by Michelle Malkin: " UK TIMES SMEARS OUR MARINES (UPDATED WITH RESPONSE)"
Do you always engage in slander?
As for Mr Baker's response:
" I'm sorry you have jumped to the conclusion that this was a deliberate misrepresentation and the result of slanted journalism and sorrier that you have shared that view with your readers without any attempt to verify it."Does anybody at the Times verify before publishing?
Has a frontpage apology been issued?
Please notify me when the retraction and apology has been issued.