In a desperate attempt to change the subject, the liberal media is now saying the historic photo taken at Iwo Jima was "staged" Given the recent staged and fake photos taken and printed by the liberal media, they are now trying the famous "Clinton defense" that everybody does it. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003020085 Staged War Photos? Even 'Iwo Jima' Shot Faced Charges By E&P Staff Published: August 21, 2006 11:00 AM ET NEW YORK The phenomenon of questioning war photos that seem too good to be true goes back long before the birth of blogs and the current controversy over pictures from Lebanon. It has even swirled around one of the most famous and honored war photos ever: the flag-raising at Iwo Jima during World War II captured by The Associated Press's Joe Rosenthal, who died yesterday. Every few years, until recently, reports and rumors appeared that questioned the photo with some of the same charges heard today, concerning "staging." They were fueled by the fact that a smaller flag had been raised nearby earlier that day on Iwo Jima, captured by a different photographer but rarely seen. But as with most of the allegations today, the theories about the Rosenthal photo were based on flimsy evidence or speculation. The man most responsible for spreading the story that the picture was staged, the late Time-Life correspondent Robert Sherrod, long ago admitted he was wrong. Columnist Jack Anderson also raised questions, then retracted them. But the rumor persisted. In 1991, a New York Times book reviewer, exploring a book on the flag-raising called "Iwo Jima: Monuments, Memories and the American Hero," went so far as to suggest that the Pulitzer Prize committee consider revoking Rosenthal's 1945 award for photography. That Harvard University book detailed the earlier flag-raising and the Marines' top brass desire to promote the second one. Debate raged about whether the Marines "staged" the second, more stirring, picture. At late as the mid-1990s, Jack Anderson promised readers "the real story" of the Iwo Jima photo: that Rosenthal had "accompanied a handpicked group of men for a staged flag raising hours after the original event." Anderson later retracted his story. Earlier, Sherrod, the Time-Life correspondent, had sent a cable to his editors in New York reporting that Rosenthal had staged the flag-raising photo. He suggested that Rosenthal climbed Suribachi after the flag had already been planted and re-posed the characters. In the book, "Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo Jima," Sherrod is quoted as saying he'd been told the erroneous story of the restaging by a Marine photographer who captured the first, smaller, flag raising. Rosenthal rejected this explanation. But it also true, as the 1995 AP story described it, that "it didn't help that the Marine Corps and most of the wartime press conveniently glossed over the fact of the first [smaller] flag-raising. This helped foster a public notion of cover-up." "They call that the Iwo Jima flag-raising, which it ain't," declared Charles Lindberg, who in 1995 was the last surviving member of either flag-raising - in his case, the first. (Five of the 11 flagraisers were killed on Iwo.) "It's a good picture," Lindberg said, concerning Rosenthal's. "I even told Joe Rosenthal that it was a good picture. But me and him get into a few arguments." That is because Lindberg, like others in the first-flag raising, believed that all the glory was showered on the second flag-raisers, who were allegedly less deserving and faced less danger.