How newspapers change subtle details [WTF]

Today morning while going through my Boston.com Big Picture feed, I came across this amazing picture of the solar eclipse.

The title said, “Two men sit on a bridge to watch an annular solar eclipse in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China on January 15, 2010. (REUTERS/Donald Chan)”

After some time when I picked up the newspaper (Times of India, Bangalore Edition) and saw the front page I was surprised to see the same picture! But the real shock came when I read the title. It said, “A Chinese couple watches the solar eclipse over Zhengzhou in central China‚Äôs Henan province, on Friday”.

Here are the two things I didn’t like:

  1. They changed “two men” to “a couple”. Just to make the solar eclipse more romantic?
  2. They didn’t mention the photographer’s name. As Vir Sanghvi has said, we should show some grace.

I feel strange that the gazillion bloggers out there are better than professional newspapers when it comes to this.

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