Reuters Caught Boosting Hezbollah

6 08 2006

Filed under: Liberal, Media, Leftist, Agenda

The conservative blogosphere makes its presence felt again, this time with a photoshopped picture by a Reuters photographer, who has been suspended temporarily … until they can try to cover for him.

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs found the doctored photo of Hezbollah’s sustained damage from Israeli air raids. It certainly is far different from the before version (2nd photo).

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Before version:

before

Reuters has since issued the following statement:

Reuters on Sunday withdrew an image of smoke rising from burning buildings after an Israeli air strike on the suburbs of Beirut on August 5, 2006 after evidence emerged that it had been manipulated to show more smoke. The manipulated image is shown on the left. The unaltered image, shown on the right, has since run. Reuters has told the photographer, freelance Adnan Hajj, that the agency will not use any more of his pictures.

Michelle Malkin:

Reuters’ “correction,” reported by Ynet.news, leaves some unanswered questions. Who altered the photo: the photographer or an editor?

The photographer has been suspended pending an investigation. They better be combing his copious archive. How many more skillfully executed fakes might he be responsible for–or other more “talented” Reuters photo-manipulators, for that
matter?

You really would think they would learn from someone as formerly prestigious as Dan Rather after his infamous “Rathergate” scandal was exposed so rapidly.

Malkin continues:

“You know, I am reminded of the indignant attitude of MSM photography editors sneering at bloggers raising questions about their work. Remember this:”

The AP said information from its photo editors showed the events were not staged, and that the time stamps could be misleading for several reasons, including that web sites can use such stamps to show when pictures are posted, not taken. An AFP executive said he was stunned to be questioned about it. Reuters, in a statement, said it categorically rejects any such suggestion.

It’s hard to imagine how someone sitting in an air-conditioned office or broadcast studio many thousands of miles from the scene can decide what occurred on the ground with any degree of accuracy,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.

Carroll said in addition to personally speaking with photo editors, “I also know from 30 years of experience in this business that you can’t get competitive journalists to participate in the kind of (staging) experience that is being described.”

RightWinged.com has a blogger round-up.

Expose The Left, Tel-Chai Nation, Hot Air, and Wizbang have more.

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