The "behind the headlines" column of Dec. 17 by Andy Howell, "Photo-shopped train image leaves cautionary tale for media," points out what I have always said, "Don't believe everything you hear or see." Although the occurrence of both trains meeting was coincidentally minutes apart, the photographer's composite image capturing the past and present is great, except he failed to report using Photoshop and deceived us all. This breach of ethics by the media has been around since media began.
I can remember many incidents during WWII that were false, but we were scared out of our wits after being attacked in our land. Propaganda ran rampant on both sides and we believed everything we heard or saw, from Nisei Japanese Americans involved in espionage to headlines in the L.A. Times "War Rages over Los Angeles." Going back further, it was the Betsy Ross Story (written almost 100 years after the fact), and parts of the national anthem. But, many of these sound good for patriotism.
As Obama took office, there was a shortage of guns and ammo, but because because Tea Partiers insisted Obama would change the 2nd Amendment, gun shops were emptied. They claimed that during WWII, Admiral Yamamoto was against invading our land, because behind every blade of grass there was a rifle (no record of the admiral saying this). I don't remember many citizens ever owning a gun back then. The same goes for the minutemen, the only gun or musket owners were the rich. Of course, gun ownership hasSClBskyrocketed since. Recently the Tea Party and conservatives lied about President Obama's birthplace and among other falsehoods that Obama apologized to foreign countries.
Last but not least is Bush's excuse for Iraq war WMD backed by Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney. A war that cost over 3,000 American lives and billions of dollars.