A reader sends me this picture above that he claims was on the Courier Journal website earlier yesterday. It shows the protestors outside the Karen Sypher indictment yesterday, specifically those on Sypher’s side. The young man to the fari right is Sypher’s son and according to our reader, this picture was on the Courier Journal site yesterday. I looked today and was not able to find it again, but if the young man is Sypher’s son, it gives some indication as to which of the many rumors may be the center of Sypher’s allegation in the Sypher. The Courier Journal does however have another picture up today that looks strikingly similar:
As you can see, it looks as if the Courier took the same photo, cut out the picture of Sypher’s son and then put it back on the site, where you can see it now in their photo galleries. Why did they do it? You tell me. Add to it the fact that apparently WAVE3 showed the same video last night and pulled it from their site later, and I think we see a pattern.
The Courier Journal is a terrific news organization and its storied history has been a beacon of journalistic integrity in this state. But here we have a case of this bastion of journalism self-editing a picture, without explaining why, or even telling the public that it has done so. Is this a journalistic decision? Is this because of some belief into the veracity of the young man’s sign or a policy that the paper has towards all protestors? Or is it something else….perhaps a phone call from the folks at Louisville or a symbol of a newspaper scared to print the news for fear of a lawsuit? You tell me.
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader, here is the Wave3 video of the story: