Writing in the Atlantic, Megan Garber calls out the New York Times for publishing a troubling photo of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed near the Russia/Ukraine border. In the photo, a “young woman who had shoulder-length hair” was visible. Wrote Garber:

I know what she was wearing when she died: a t-shirt of bright white and a skirt of deep black. I know that when she died, she was holding something. Or someone. Her pale arms, stark in a sea of fuel-blackened wreckage, remain frozen in an awkward embrace.

Asked about the photo judgment, New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy responds: “The image you are referring to was the first to land in our system on this big news story, and was replaced shortly thereafter by a visually superior one when it became available. This is routine on the web where we constantly update and refresh images.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.