Monday, August 28, 2006

Reuters Admits to Altering Beirut Photo

A recent press release tersely noted:

“Reuters withdraws photograph of Beirut following Air Force attack after US bloggers, 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.' Photographer who sent altered image is the same Reuters’ photographer behind many images from Qana, which have also been subject of suspicions for being staged.”

Hmmmm…faked war photographs? How is a news editor supposed to know these things? I guess it takes a real expert to determine that. For example, take a close look at the following photograph. To the average person it is just another pic of Beirut under attack. Reuters or AP would probably publish it in a heartbeat. But a true photographic expert can spot something that seems a bit unusual and marks it as a possible fake. Can you tell what that might be?


At 8/28/2006 2:03 PM , Blogger Grace said...

Um, let's see. Is it that they should've used photon torpedoes?

(Actually, I think one of the really alarming things about the altered photo -- the one without the Enterprise, I mean -- is that it wasn't even a GOOD job of retouching. I'm a total hack at Photoshop and I never would've attempted to get a sloppy job like that by anyone.)

At 8/29/2006 4:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

you've set my phasers to "laugh".


At 8/29/2006 4:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, that was Richard by the way

At 8/29/2006 10:50 AM , Blogger Mimi said...

Father, bless,

I love that photo.

At 8/29/2006 12:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course that photo is faked, the Enterprise cannot enter a atmosphere!

The press is becoming a parody of itself.

At 8/29/2006 6:20 PM , Blogger Fr. Michael Reagan said...

"Of course that photo is faked, the Enterprise cannot enter a atmosphere!"

I point you to Star Trek TOS, Episode 21, "Tomorrow is Yesterday" in which the Enterprise most definitely entered Earth's atmosphere. Normally however a Constitution-class starship operates well outside the atmosphere of a planet, so your point is well taken.

"The press is becoming a parody of itself."

With this I could not possibly agree more!

Thanks for your comments.


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