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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Yet another fake news photograph

I have said time and again if one must lie, they are likely in the wrong as they feel the facts are not enough to prove their point of view. We have seen the media time and again purposefully doctor news stories and photographs in order to skew things to their agenda. This time it is Reuters who has been caught red-handed doctoring a photograph. Ynet covers the story:
Reuters withdraws photograph of Beirut after Air Force attack after US blogs, photographers point out 'blatant evidence of manipulation.' Reuters' head of PR says in response, 'Reuters has suspended photographer until investigations are completed into changes made to photograph.'
Basically, the photographer manipulated the photo by taking smoke from within the photograph, copying it and pasting it in another area of the photograph to give the appearance of the smoke being worse than it really was. The first thing one wants to do is commend Reuters for taking action against the photographer. However, that would place all of the guilt on the photographer. As Ynet continues:

Johnson added: "Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There’s really no question about it."

Speaking to Ynetnews, Johnson said: "This has to cast doubt not only on the photographer who did the alterations, but on Reuters' entire review process. If they could let such an obvious fake get through to publication, how many more faked or 'enhanced' photos have not been caught?"

A series of close ups are then posted on the blog, showing that "it’s not only the plumes of smoke that were 'enhanced.' There are also cloned buildings." The close ups do appear to show exact replicas of buildings appearing next to one another in the photograph.

Looking at the photograph it is plain to see that the smoke plumes are clones. How did the photo get through the editing process? There is a culpibility further in the organization than the photographer. If you use the same logic as used in Abu Graibh, you would come to the conclusion that the organization all the way to the top has an agenda that the people at lower levels felt comfortable doing this.

As for the photographer, the story does not quite end there. There is yet one more thing we need to know about him. According to Ynet:
Adnan Hajj, the photographer who sent the altered image, was also the Reuters photographer behind many of the images from Qana – which have also been the subject of suspicions for being staged.

"A photographer who would blatantly falsify an entire 'news' image would certainly not be above posing and staging photographs of rescue workers," Johnson concluded.
How interesting. What a tangled web we weave. It is beyond comprehension how these organizations continue to get away with these things and still have anybody believe a word they say. I guess there are a lot of people out there who prefer to be media dupes.


  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    The evidence just keeps piling up, doesn't it? I just now posted on this.

    We may not think alike on American Idol, but where it counts, we are definitley on the same wavelength.

  • At 3:56 PM, Blogger THE RIGHT WING AGENDA said…

    I have said time and again if one must lie, they are likely in the wrong as they feel the facts are not enough to prove their point of view.

    Good Point Popeye!!! So is that why the White House used Judith Miller and other GOP surrogates in the Robert Novak to help push the case for war in Iraq??? So where are those WMDs and when did the Iraqis decided to greet us and their fellow citizens with RPGs instead of rose petals?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

    oh yeah....THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT....THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS It's another Bush 5 WEEK vacation could another Katrina be far off for him to IGNORE??

    Heckuva Job Brownie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 8:19 PM, Blogger Ghassan said…

    It is so difficult to differentiate between truth and fiction in this new age that is dominted by technology. I do believe that whoever uncovered that this picture is doctored desrseves to be recognized for his/her efforts because in the final analysis we are in search of the truth are we not?

    BTW, I wonder how many other "facts" have gone uncovered yet?

  • At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Hammer said…

    There once was a time when "truth" was, well, "truth"... and a "lie" was, well, a "lie"... and a stupid idea or position was not honored just becuase an uninformed person or a hateful person espoused such an idea, even if honestly held.

    I must have lived too long... the discussions I hear today bear little resemblance to the "basics" in the above paragraph. for example, if I try to find something and do not find it, is it really proven that such an object never existed? Such an argument regarding WMDS is, in my opinion, a very shallow agrument and the volume with which it is repeated does not give the argument more substance.

    It also interests me that those of us who do not have access to sensitive state secrets presume to have infinite knowledge of the subject(s)and positions that do not comport with our position(s). Here again, volume does not enhance credibility or knowledge.

    When we were children we were admonished to "listen and learn". Maybe that advice is still good today, especially if we demand an explanation that comes from diligent investigation and honest evaluation.

    No, this is not a "sermon", it is a suggestion for productive discourse.

    Yet, I do confess that the conversation is entertaining.

  • At 9:33 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Ghassan, Welcome to LL. I agree the person who uncovered this should be recognized. Unfortunately the Ynet story only referred to "blogs" in general. If I find who uncovered it I will come back and add it.

  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    It is good advice. While repetition may cause truth to sink in and may be needed to perform such a task, repetition cannot change falsehood into truth.

  • At 11:08 PM, Blogger FKAB said…

    Wow. Great post, AICS. I would agree with you that these instances are contrary to professional journalistic ethics, and should not be tolerated. I read newspapers and online news for decent journalism, and I always have a cloud of scepticism hanging over my head whenever I read or see reports on overseas conflict. Thankfully, there are vigilant bloggers out there pointing to these things!

    Even though I think that the photographer is liable for his actions, the news service owes a duty to its readers to thoroughly review all of its reports. Especially when it concerns such a contentious topic as the Middle East conflict, considering the massive windows of opportunity for journalists to colour their reports with bias.

    Again... great post.

  • At 12:30 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Thanks for the comments. Every once in a while you and I can agree on something. Demanding an honest and unmanipulated approach to journalism should be something we all can agree on.


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