‘Shopped Petraeus Book Cover Airs After Reporter Pulls Photo from the Internet

ABC Denver is very apologetic today after learning a hard (and embarrassing) lesson on why you need to be extra careful when sourcing photos from the web. On Monday, the 7NEWS station aired a segment on ex-CIA director David Petraeus and his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell. When mentioning Bradwells new book, titled “All In,” the station put up a book cover with a lewd title that read, “All Up In My S**tch.”

Here’s a clip showing what aired:

In an apology posted to the news station’s website the next day, 7NEWS news director Jeff Harris states,

It was a mistake. It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast. We are following up internally as well to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.

That’s a very plausible explanation, but some people aren’t buying it, saying that the image is very difficult to find through search engines and that you have to go out of your way to locate it.

You can bet the station will now be double- and triple-checking images whenever it turns to Google as a source for photography.

(via Boing Boing)

  • El_Fez

    Well, someone just had their pink slip handed to them . . ..

  • Kimberly Siebert

    that is hilarious… Or all up in her trapper keeper…

  • karmaportrait

    they forgot the graphic for the upcoming sequel, “Balls Deep”

  • Aaron Cole

    As unfortunate at it was to air the altered cover, it isn’t an “un-truth”.

  • jdm8

    That’s not even subtle. You have to not read the cover at all, and ignore the disjointed text sizes on the book title.

  • brob

    it’s funny cause it’s true

  • bgrady413

    I once had to edit out a giant spaypainted penis from a story that aired on a 5am newscast about a devestating fire that left dozens homeless, the video showed families coming down a flight of stairs with what was left of their belongings in a box, and prominent in the frame was a giant spray painted penis, of course the 5am airing of the story went onto the blopper reel, penis and all the rest was destroyed, the editor didn’t lose his job primarily because who wants the overnight editor/ photog job in a tiny market?

  • Will Ablett

    From an editorial point of view, why have you censored ‘s**tch’ when we can clearly read it above and below where you’ve written it?

  • Michael Zhang

    Just a choice on our part to keep this blog (mostly) free of lewd words and obscenities when we can. Censoring out the screenshot would have detracted from the story, but if the screenshot didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have censored the text. :)

  • Nathan Blaney

    Clever parody use of the book cover; awesomely funny mistake by ABC!

  • Jake

    This is what happens when you legalize pot.

  • mmmarc

    LOL why sensor “snatch” in your lede when you posted the image, anyway?

  • cochese25

    “Snatch” *

    You seem to have gotten some rather odd censorship going on there. As if snatch is a lewd word.

  • Goofball Jones

    Bwhahahaha! “Pink slip”. Now that sounds a bit RUDE! Bahahahaha!

    Drink up, lads!

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  • Brian Opyd

    Score one for photoshop users.

  • Oskar?

    English is not my native language. So, I had to run to a dictionary to find out what SNATCH means. There are a lot of senses. The female genitalia is only one of them. I really do not understand why you censor the word? The female genitalia is in the mind of only a few readers but not of all of them. For the sake of the largest majority not thinking to female genitalia when reading SNATCH, please uncensore it!

  • The_photographer_Tom

    Hi Michael. Trying to keep the blog free of lewd words etc? The word snatch ( except in this case of course ) Means to grab at something. Will you be only censoring words that are offensive to US English speakers? I am always seeing the “f” word used in mainstream newspapers here in Switzerland. It doesn’t have the same connotations as it would to an English speakers.
    What will you do when you feature a food photographer who has taken an especially appealing image of some faggots? ( theses are an old English dish made from offal ) see:
    Just wondering.

  • Michael Zhang

    Hi Tom, Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

    Words derive their meaning from what the speaker intends, right? There are plenty VERY offensive words that have non-offensive definitions as well (you gave an example of one).

    We’re certainly not the only ones reporting it this way:

  • kushibo

    Is it wrong for me to find this hilarious? Were she an actual victim instead of half of a couple of cheaters, I’d be far more sympathetic.