Reuters Admits Altering Beirut Photo

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    I'm sure Dmp, Mr. B, and others can comment:
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    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21956_Reuters_Doctoring_Photos_from_Beirut&only
     
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    Not a long wait:

    http://www.leftandright.us/index.php/site/reuters_faking_photos/

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/189452.php

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    and look at which photographer was mentioned, before this latest:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=5710

     
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    Reuters pulls photo and apologizes. They've suspended the photographer, while they investigate. What about his other 'contributions?':

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3286966,00.html

     
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    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
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    A Reuters photograph of smoke rising from buildings in Beirut has been withdrawn after coming under attack by American web logs. The blogs accused Reuters of distorting the photograph to include more smoke and damage.




    The photograph showed two very heavy plumes of black smoke billowing from buildings in Beirut after an Air Force attack on the Lebanese capital. Reuters has since withdrawn the photograph from its website, along a message admitting that the image was distorted, and an apology to editors.





    Reuters withdraws doctored image
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    In the message, Reuters said that "photo editing software was improperly used on this image. A corrected version will immediately follow this advisory. We are sorry for any inconvience."

    Reuters' head of PR Moira Whittle said in response: "Reuters has suspended a photographer until investigations are completed into changes made to a photograph showing smoke billowing from buildings following an air strike on Beirut. Reuters takes such matters extremely seriously as it is strictly against company editorial policy to alter pictures."

    "As soon as the allegation came to light, the photograph, filed on Saturday 5 August, was removed from the file and a replacement, showing the same scene, was sent. The explanation for the removal was the improper use of photo-editing software," she added.

    Earlier, Charles Johnson, of the Little Green Footballs blog , which has exposed a previous attempt at fraud by a major American news corporation, wrote : "This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop “clone” tool to add more smoke to the image."




    News version of photo (Photo: Reuters)
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    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.



    The Sports Shooter web forum , used by professional photographers, also examined the photo, with many users concluding that the image has been doctored.

    'Looks so obviously doctored'

    "I'll second the cloned smoke...but it looks so obvious that I don't know how the photographer could have gotten away with it," wrote one user.



    After further research, Johnson posted a photograph he says is the original image taken before distortions were made, showing much lighter smoke rising.



    Other blogs have also analyzed the photographs, and reached similar conclusions, such as Left & Right , which states: "The photo has been doctored, quite badly."



    The author of the Ace of Spades blog wrote: "Even I can see the very suspicious "clonings" of picture elements here. And I'm an idiot."




    The Hot Air blog also looked at the photo, describing the image as "the worst Photoshop I have ever seen."



    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.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3256534,00.html
     
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    I'm glad they admited it. It sounds like Reuters is acting like it's the 20th century still. There is probably so much institutional inertia at the company that even in this day and age no one thought a photographer would give them doctored photos. Hopefully this will wake them up.
     
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    What about the 'employee making death threats'? Interesting organization...
     
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    Considering that this is an organization consisting of thousands of journalists and freelancers spread across the globe operating largely independent of central control, I'm not too surprised that one person in the organization is anti-Israeli. Besides, doctoring two photos to make a smoke plume appear slightly large hardly strikes me as an organization-wide conspiracy to destroy America.

    Edit Add: These people are chosen based on photography skills, not politics. And as I've said before, Reuters was probably living in the 20th century. They thought they were too big for anyone to try to fool them with photoshop.
     

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