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Netlore Archive:  Emailed photo shows a U.S. soldier wearing a black patch which reads 'Doing the work of...' above the flags of France, Germany and Russia

Description:  Emailed photo
Circulating since:  April 2004
Status:  Fake
Analysis:  See below
 


Email example contributed by K. Hicks, 21 April 2004:

Subject: FW: Critical Patch

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..

Cool.

U.S. Soldier with Flag Patches


Comments:  There's actually a very good reason this photo will never appear on the front cover of Time or Newsweek: it's a fake. The image was created and disseminated by the prolific Registered Media, an outfit that produces satirical graphics in the interests of conservative activism (note the logo — trimmed off in some versions currently circulating — on the lower right-hand side of the image).


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Sources and further reading:

Registered Media
"Bringing Humor and Creativity to the Conservative Message"


Last updated: 04/04/04


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