Time Falls for Fake NYC Tornado Photo
"It's a freak event, a tornado in the heart of New York City," Steven James Snyder wrote on Time's blog. "The image above may be once in a lifetime."
Snyder was right about that. The image was a real, once-in-a-lifetime photo. The problem is ... it was taken in 1976, apparently lifted from the NOAA website.
Time eventually removed the photo from their website and corrected the post: "CCorrection: This post previously featured a photo from 1976. Original story follows:
"This photo comes courtesy of Dave Carlson's Twitter feed - not sure if he took the photo, or merely found it online."
"Found it on Google searching NYC Tornado." Carlson, the original Tweeter of the photo, told Craig Kanalley from The Huffington Post. "Merely to mess with friends and when asked I told them it was fake. A friend told me TIME posted and I couldn't believe it. I wasn't asked by him if the photo was real or not.. I got off my train stop and saw I had tons of @ replies. Not my intention whatsoever. Pretty ridiculous and I hope he didn't get in any trouble for posting false news."