What do you do when you’ve been disgraced from your job after altering 79 photographs (revealed so far) and are fired? Turn to what was your hobby — storm chasing.
So was the path that former Toledo Blade staff photographer Allan Detrich followed as he, the phoenix, temporarily rose from the ashes when he found himself in the middle of the aftermath of the Kansas tornado disaster. His photos ran on the Fox and CNN Web sites, and he was interviewed (repeatedly) over the phone on CNN as an eyewitness.
Really? Can we be sure? We have his photos, which can’t be trusted (or, perhaps, did he learn his lesson?) And he says he saw things first hand, but, again, did he? Or, was he watching on the TV, or a fellow storm chaser’s footage?
How prophetic, Detrich’s blog, from April 9th, just four weeks ago:
I will not miss the news business anymore … I am off to pursue other opportunities with my storm chase partners…I will be spending valuable time with my family, time they have so selfishly donated to my career over the years. It is time to give back to them…if you want to keep up on my storm chasing, feel free to stop back in a few weeks.
Then, lo and behold, Detrich turns up in “the news business” again, reporting on both CNN and FOX, which also prominently displayed his images in their front pages overnight and on Saturday morning. Where’s that family he was giving back to? Are they continuing to “donate” to his career so he can be out chasing storms?
It certainly is curious to see Detrich back in the news, but what can we trust from him now?
[tags]John Harrington, Allan Detrich, photojournalism, Kansas tornadoes[/tags]