The Press: Phony Photos

From Tunisia, fortnight ago, came five striking newspictures. U.S. publishers played them big. One was particularly eye-catching: a photo of a U.S. patrol advancing across a Tunisian plain while in the foreground Medical Corpsmen fixed up a wounded trooper. TIME and the news papers, rushing to press, played the picture straight. The New York Daily News gave it a ten-column, double-truck display, called it "a great battle picture"; so did Editor & Publisher, publication trade weekly. LIFE, pondering the picture, had grave qualms, finally printed it double-spread, but with a skeptical caption: ". . . In spite of the apparent approach...

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