Sunday Times uses CoD image for 'hostage tragedy' story

Bad taste or actual mistake?

The Sunday Times has published a story on the tragic failed rescue of two hostages in Nigeria, and illustrated it using a huge picture of a Call of Duty soldier.


As you can see in the image on this page (via Tech Radar), the Times article prominently displays CoD's John 'Soap' MacTavish in its story about the ill-fated rescue mission that led to the deaths of a Briton and an Italian who had been taken hostage in May.

As far as we can tell there's no context to the image and the paper's even blocked out the character's eyes for no good reason, considering he's, y'know, a fictional character.

It's not clear whether or not the Sunday Times knew the image was taken from a game, though it certainly wouldn't be the first time the mainstream media's made an unfortunate war game blunder.

In September 2011 ITV was caught using footage from ARMA 2 in a documentary about Gaddafi and the IRA. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom eventually ruled that ITV was in breach of broadcasting rules.

[ SOURCE: The Media Blog ]