Monday, August 07, 2006

Reuters Photoshops Middle East Photos

I know this was breaking news on the weekend, and likely is old news by now, but I was out of town and have discovered the stories about Reuters editting photos to make Beirut look like it was burning and smoking more than it actually was.

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This type of "journalism" war propaganda makes me sick with disgust.

After reading over at Gay and Right I see that Reuters has now admitted to doctoring a second photo, after bloggers caught the first one.

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.' Photographer who sent altered image is same Reuters photographer behind many of images from Qana, which have also been subject of suspicions for being staged.

Michelle Malkin has both photos for you to compare:

Doctored Photo

"Correct" Photo.

UPDATE: Little Green Footballs was the blog that exposed the Reuters photoshop job. LGF was given a death threat: "I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut." Awww how nice. For someone of such high intellect and tact they must have ensured when sending this email to Charles that they would write the email from a computer with no links back to the person. OOoops. They wrote the email from a Reuters server:

In the threat, the Reuters staff member, who has not been named, left his email address as "zionistpig" at

Reporting the message to his readers, [Charles] Johnson wrote on his website: "This particular death threat is a bit different from the run of the mill hate mail we get around here, because an IP lookup on the sender reveals that he/she/it was using an account at none other than Reuters News."

Speaking to Ynetnews, Johnson said: "I was surprised to receive a threat from a Reuters IP, but only because it was so careless of this person to use a traceable work account to do it."

He added: "I think it's more than fair to say that Reuters has a big problem."

There are more twists and turns with this soap opera saga, read this entire article to see the ties that this person may have in Britain.


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