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Blatant Press Dishonesty Staring You In The Face

Check out this graphic lie and pro-Hezbollah propaganda photo, published by Reuters:


Apparently Reuters does not consider an unaltered picture of Beirut quite 'exciting' enough, and so they decided to make it a little more sexy by clumsily using a clone tool to make it look a bit more grim.

Their tacky Photoshop skillz are most apparent in the plumes of smoke, which have repeating identical patterns. Charles Johnson points out other examples of duplication at LGF.

It is such a bad job, it should insult your intelligence.

I keep saying this, but it needs repeating: always presume that the press is lying to you, serving some agenda other than the truth. Only when something is proven conclusively true from many sources should you even think about believing it.

Posted by Ken McCracken · 5 August 2006 07:37 PM


That is too bad that the press feels the need to portray things worse than they are, It is bad enough as it is. Did you happen to see the Hezbollah supporters saying death to Israel and death to the USA? I was thinking that would be a good opportunity for Israel to try out anothere rocket...
Bad Zsa Zsa!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 5, 2006 08:17 PM

As I mentioned on Wizbang this morning, I'll betcha they hired the guy who turned one Oompa-Loompa into many for Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

I teach Photoshop classes, and I've seen more impressive work out of my high school students.

Posted by: Candy at August 6, 2006 06:20 AM

I see LGF is down. Will not load. Hmmm

Posted by: wyguy at August 6, 2006 08:40 AM

the guy wanted to sell the photo so he sexed it up. no big conspiracy.

Posted by: lester at August 6, 2006 11:02 AM

Lester, sometimes it doesn't take a conspiracy. Here we have a photo that was very, VERY badly faked, and the trained, professional, highly skilled photo editors at Reuters published it anyway. The only explanations are deliberate choice and incompetence. If incompetence, then it is most likely colored by their prejudices in this case -- if the photo makes Israel look bad, then it ought to go out and not be subject to the normal scrutiny.

If deliberate choice, then case closed.


Posted by: Jay Tea at August 6, 2006 05:42 PM

jay - what's important is what the actual picture shows, a bombing of a lebanese neighborhood. the right wing media has been getting into holocaust denier territory: gaza beach massacre was palestinians, they took pieces of israeli shells and put then in the bodies. qana massacre was fake, hezbollah took bodies from the morgue and buried them in the rubble.

I'm not saying this photo isn't fake. obviously it is. It's just creepy the way right wingers seem to have no emotion about what is happening to lebanon, an ally and success story for democracy.

Posted by: lester at August 8, 2006 04:46 PM