The very first time that I saw this picture was in the Chicago Tribune (Chicago newspaper) before it was discovered that the image was manipulated. There was something in the photograph that just didn't look right to me at the time; The soldier did not look in perspective to the rest of the picture. I then turned the page because I did not find the photo to be of interest to me, rather boring actually.
So they fired the person that manipulated the photo which was the photographer. Maybe the newspaper should have let the picture editor go for not doing his job-selecting a newsworthy photograph.