The LA Times‘ Scott Collins noticed something odd about last night’s broadcast of Anderson Cooper 360. Namely, that the show inexplicably decided to blur the faces of Egyptian men surrounding Lara Logan, in a photo shot moments before she was sexually assaulted.
The photo was provided by CBS and made widely available to news organizations via the Associated Press. Many outlets used it to illustrate stories about Logan.
CNN, however, chose to blur the faces of the men in the background. The reason for the choice is unclear. It is possible that CNN worried about legal liability – despite the fact that the image was taken in a public place during a thronged demonstration of pressing international interest and had been distributed through a wire service. By partly obscuring the image, CNN tampered with the journalistic record without explanation, leaving it to viewers to guess whether the network intended to protect or incriminate the figures in the background.