Definitely consulted a journalists guide to firearm identification:
It blows my mind how careless both the print and TV media are.
With social media being so prevalent now they might be learning some embarrassing lessons finally. They have since removed the picture and issued the following correction statement:
A picture on Tuesday with an article about the weapons used in the Aurora, Colo., shooting was published in error. It showed a Les Baer .45 — not a Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, which was used in the shooting.
To make things worse, the article’s author James Dao is actually in charge of military and veterans affairs for the NYT national desk, and co-editor of the NYT military affairs blog “At War”. How are these people getting promoted to jobs where they have no knowledge of the subject matter? Even if you type “.40 Caliber Glock” into Google images, almost ALL of the pictures are actually of Glocks (unsurprisingly)… I don’t know how he managed to find a 1911 and call it a Glock if Google images is what he presumably used.
Hat tip: Spader