As editor Jay DeFoore mentioned in a previous post, the New York Times created a hornet’s nest when it published an obituary for photographer Joe O’Donnell, stating that he had made the famous picture of John Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s casket. The photo was in fact taken by another photographer, O’Donnell having been notorious for inflating his own accomplishments. Others were taken in, including this blogger, who unfortunately referred to the Times’s obit. On Saturday the newspaper of record published a lengthy investigation of O’Donnell, and on Sunday the public editor issued an apology for the original story, which he called a journalistic “nightmare.”
–David Schonauer