August 11, 2004
What You Call a Severe "Oops" Moment

When fact checks attack:

A Rochester, N.Y. man caught up in a case of mistaken identity is threatening to sue CBS for falsely labeling him as terrorist suspect.

The man, Asif Iqbal, whose problems have been going on since 2002 when U.S. forces in Afghanistan arrested another man with the same name, is now facing even greater problems after CBS showed a picture of him in an August 4 Evening News broadcast. It also placed the picture on its Web site until Iqbal's lawyer told CBS to remove it.

But it gets better (or worse, if you work for CBS News):

Iqbal, who has lived in the U.S for ten years and hopes to become a citizen in the coming months, may actually have grounds for a slander suit since the photograph of him that CBS used came from an Associated Press article published earlier this year describing some of Iqbal's troubles.
In American media law, a private individual filing as a plaintiff need only prove that the defendant was negligent in verifying the veracity of information it presented as fact.

Just because lawyers are sharks doesn't mean there aren't people who sometimes need eating.

~ The guy sure looks like plant food to me ~

Via Ipse Dixit through RedSugar Muse.

Posted by scott at August 11, 2004 03:24 PM

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hehehehe - I'm all for free press and the like, but it is funny to see the major networks get slammed about for bad journalism. And now our buddy and pal Mike Wallace gets the smack down for behaving badly.

Too bad for CBS


Posted by: ron on August 11, 2004 05:26 PM
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