Itâ€™s the New York Timesâ€™s turn to admit that they had published a retouched news photo on the front page of The Metro Section of the newspaper.
The altered photo accompanied an article last Tuesday about flooding caused by the recent northeaster. It showed an antiques shop in Ridgefield, Conn., being washed away. The wood siding at the far left of the building was askew because the picture was retouched, the NYT admitted.
The paper said the retouching was done by a Times staff member who took the picture, but who is not a staff photographer. â€œHe altered it because a flash created a white spot on the picture when he shot it through the window of a train,â€ NYT said. The retouching tool left a round circle on the buildingâ€™s window at right.
â€œTimes policy forbids the manipulation of any photograph. Had editors been aware of the manipulation and seen the original picture, they would have either published the picture with the blemish or not used it,â€ the NYT intoned.