by Chet Hardin
There's a photo floating around the Internet of a dead Osama Bin Laden. Problem with that photo is, it's been floating around said Internet for at least a year. And it's a fake.
That didn't stop a number of major news outlets, including the Associated Press, London's Daily Mail, and our own local daily, the Gazette, from hoisting that photo onto their front pages and homepages in a race to show their readers a picture of a dead Osama Bin Laden, regardless of whether it was legitimate.
The Gazette is running an Associated Press story, and credited the AP for the photo. The cutline for that photo reads: "An image made from Express TV video shows the dead body of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, as seen in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, May 2, 2011. Bin Laden, the elusive mastermind behind the deadly Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan and later Iraq, was killed in a firefight, President Barack Obama said in Washington on Sunday."
The AP has since withdrawn the image.
Word is that the photo was first put out by Pakistani media and then widely picked up by Western media, but I can't be sure.
THE INTERNET IS FULL OF FAKE NEWS, PEOPLE.