Montini [USA Next's Web consultant] said his company apparently failed to obtain the rights to the picture. USA Next, which took out the ad, and The American Spectator, on whose Web site it ran, both said they thought rights had been properly obtained.
Translation: I didn't realize when I shoplifted the goods, and snuck them into my pocket, that in fact I hadn't paid for them yet.
CNN "Inside the Blogs" did some digging also:
CNN called USA Next to find out if they had the rights to the photograph. USA Next, through a spokesperson, told us that they paid the "Portland Tribune," who took the photograph, $850 for the use of the photo.
It turns out that's not to true. We went over to AmericaBlog.org today, and just moments ago found out about this article in the "Portland Tribune" saying that they did not sell this photo.
So CNN calls back over to USA Next, and the spokesperson says they didn't, in fact, buy the photo but they thought that their Web consultant had. So we spoke to the Web consultant says -- and this is a quote just moments ago -- "We screwed up. We made a mistake."