Saturday, 20 March 2010

The media and the military - they get it wrong again

Is there a single journalist anywhere in the western world who has ever donned a uniform before taking up the pen?

Take this photo of Prince Harry in Afghanistan:

The caption reads:

Britain's Prince Harry mans a 50mm machine gun on the observation post at JTAC Hill, close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base), in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

That is not a 50mm machine gun. It's a .50 cal machine gun at best. Big difference. One is half an inch, the other is two inches. Only out by a factor of 4.

1 comment:

Paco said...

It could be even worse than that; the "journalist" may well have thought that the thing shoots 50 M&Ms a minute ("Melts in your mouth, not in your magazine").