NY Times Plays Photo Tricks to Condemn Chevron in Ecuador Dispute
As the old saying goes, a photo, can say a thousand things. But what it can’t say is how it can be used to say one thing, but really be another thing. And that’s just how The New York Times used it.
In the Oct. 9 issue of the Times, an article by Simon Romero and Clifford Krauss examined the events in a decade-and-a-half-long legal battle between a left-wing environmental group, supposedly representing the people of
However, the Times took liberty with a photo of “murky” polluted water with its Oct. 9 story, one that could lead a reader to Chevron is really at fault for pollution in
However, as blogger Carter Wood, at ShopFloor.org, the blog of the National Association of Manufacturer, revealed – this was a case of the Times attempting to mislead its readers.
“So the Times has illustrated a story about charges of pollution against Chevron with a photo of an oil pit (and flare-offs) created by Petroecuador,” Wood wrote on Oct. 10. “And doesn’t bother to tell the readers what they are seeing in the paper has nothing to do with Chevron.”
As Wood explained, this is a common trick of activists, and the Times played right along with it.
The Ecuadorean judge in question, Juan Núñez, had recused himself after he appeared in the recordings discussing the case and potential damages. But since then he has been put back on the case and taken back off, which puts the future of the suit in question.