Nice Work if You Can Get It
Date Added: May 10, 2004
Like many patriotic chains letters, this one claims to show you an image that the author contends the media will not - the presumed reason being that the traditionally "liberal, anti-military" media doesn't want you to see soldiers in a positive light. But the real reason you won't see this particular photo in the media is because it's a fake.
READ THE BLACK PATCH UNDER THE US FLAG;
This SHOULD be on the front cover of Time, Newsweek, etc.
But it won't.
Let's you and I "put it there" by forwarding this all around the world (so to speak)!
(The flags are France, Germany, and Russia)-- in case you don't know
The image above does not depict an American soldier proudly wearing insignia that suggests that he and his comrades are doing what other nations (specifically, France, Germany and Russia - the leaders of which were vocal opponents of the U.S. led operations in the Middle East that began in 2003. Some BreakTheChain.org viewers have commented that that any soldier who used his uniform to make such a brazen statement would likely face disciplinary action.
The photo above is a doctored image created by conservative marketing company, Registered Media, using a public relations photo published by the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR). According to the KFOR Web site, the image shows a "US KFOR soldier on patrol outside Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo."
Registered Media added the black patch and the three countries' flags digitally. Some versions of the photo retain Registered's e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a watermark in the lower left, while others have it trimmed off.
One thing that leads most people to question this photo's legitimacy is the apparent "mirror image" of the United States flag, which, tradition holds, is correctly displayed with the blue-backed field of stars to the upper left. However, the American flag in the photo above is undoctored and displayed properly. Regulations allow the flag to be displayed on the right sleeve of a soldier's uniform only if the star field is pointing to the soldier's front. The intent is that the flag should never be seen in retreat - that is, with the star field (and presumably its wearer) facing away from battle.
Break this chain.
References: About.com, TruthOrFiction.com, Snopes.com