NY Post quietly acknowledges ‘Cannibal Cop’ front page is Photoshopped

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The New York Post’s lurid cover Wednesday perfectly befits its subject: “Cannibal Cop” Gilberto Valle, who was found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to kidnap and eat women.

That photo of Valle on the front isn’t the real thing, though, Sydney Smith reports.

But, after half an hour of looking at the online version of the photo, iMediaEthics finally spotted a tiny disclosure INSIDE the photo confirming our suspicions: The New York Post created a composite — or Photoshopped — photo.

“Typically, such disclosures and photo credits are placed outside the photo, not INSIDE it,” Smith writes. Her piece includes a kicky animated GIF that strongly suggests the Valle head on the front comes from a headshot.

Front page courtesy the Newseum

Perhaps more corrosive than the Post’s assault on photo-ethics standards: the dining puns made in its story about Valle’s guilty verdict: “Reality bites! Cannibal cop guilty, facing life on prison diet” reads one piece, which notes that several pieces of evidence “cooked Valle’s defense.”

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  • siriusthecat

    The photo is clearly a satire. My kid could have made it look more real. The story is horrid, because its a police officer. NYPD has a lot of horror stories involving cops. You really have no choice but to make light. People need confidence in police, not worry if a rapist or cannibal is pulling them over. Since he didn’t actually eat anyone that we know of, its a funny joke. If that was Dahmer who has victims families out there, the pic would be in poor taste. Lighten up, its funny.

  • NateBowman

    Mr, Beaujon, you again evince your priorities:

    “Perhaps more corrosive than the Post’s assault on photo-ethics standards: the dining puns made in its story about Valle’s guilty verdict: “Reality bites! Cannibal cop guilty, facing life on prison diet” reads one piece, which notes that several pieces of evidence “cooked Valle’s defense.”

    Yes, make light of the ethics, by comparing it to bad puns.
    Make sure you include those very puns.