Does this guy look dead to you (thanks, Gateway Pundit!)? He did to the New York Times, which included him in an NYT slide show on the Evil Israeli Empire’s wanton airstrikes in Lebanon. And dead though this shirtless guy may be, he’s not gonna relax his clutch on that baseball cap!

Here’s the NYT July 27 caption for the the photo, now known around the blogosphere as “The Pieta”:

The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times).

Uh-oh–not long after the photo appeared, other photos surfaced of the “dead man walking” around amid the very rubble that was supposed to have killed him. The NYT ran this correction yesterday:

A picture caption with an audio slide show on July 27 about an Israeli attack on a building in Tyre, Lebanon, imprecisely described the situation in the picture. The man pictured, who had been seen in previous images appearing to assist with the rescue effort, was injured during that rescue effort, not during the initial attack, and was not killed.

I guess the NYT photo editor didn’t realize that dead men don’t sweat.

The Pieta pic is the star item in Michelle Malkin’s wonderful “Faux-tography” post, inspired by the doctored smoke uncovered in a Reuters photo last week. Michelle’s entries include:

  • This July 31 U.S. News cover depicting a Hezbollah hero posing in front of….burning Beirut as the story headline, “Lebanon’s New Ruins,” implies? No, a burning garbage dump full of old tires. (Time got snookered on this one, too.)
  • This car, supposedly hit by the Israelis–uh-huh.
  • Slubblog’s “The Passion of the Toys,” in which there is a pristine child’s plaything right in the foreground of every photo of a damaged and abandoned Lebanese bulding–you know, a poignant symbol of innocence destroyed.

And much, much more, including links a-plenty.