Iran Foto Fakeout

Arrived at work this morning to have our photo editor tell me that the pic we ran of the Iran missile launch — the one showing four missiles going up atop plumes of flame and smoke — is a fake. The internet seems to agree.

That darned Revolutionary Guard. Well, at least we didn’t run it across five columns above the fold, like a certain national newspaper, along with the LA Times and countless others.

INSTA-UPDATE: AFP has retracted the photo.

MORE: It appears that the doctoring was done to cover up a missile misfire. According to Mark Fitzpatrick of the US State Department, “This is typical of Iran to exaggerate the accomplishments of the missiles and its nuclear programme.””

Right. The US has never faked results of missile tests.

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