Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"Where there's smoke...."

Well, it seems bloggers are making deep inroads into the mainstream press, once again. This time, by pointing out the doctoring of a Reuters photograph, posted on Saturday. Flopping Aces has some of the best analysis and blog roundup on this.

Reuters has since retracted the photo, as well as issuing a statement. The Lebanese freelance photographer in question is Adnan Hajj. His reason for the doctoring?
He told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.
He really did an excellent job removing those dust marks, now didn't he? Reuters mentions that a hasty review of his work over the weekend reveals at least one other image of his also had "dust marks"; apparently those dust marks were covering 2 other flares instead of just the one that originally appears in a photograph of an Israeli F-16 firing a missile in an air strike on Nabatiyeh. Jawa Report has the analysis.

Hajj's photos are 2 out of 43 photographs he has filed directly to the Reuters Global Pictures Desk, since the start of the current conflict. Here is the complete work of Adnan Hajj, found through Power Line. Also at Power Line, is this interesting remark by Ken Sanders,
There is NO WAY this one guy could be taking all of these pictures - look at the images and dates. Does he have a flying car? The question: is he simply a clearinghouse for Hezbollah propaganda, routed expeditiously through Reuters? Looks like they pay the guy to forward unverified images (sometimes doctored or staged, as you've helped explain) taken by others.
I think the bias and the dishonesty in reporting stretches beyond one "mere" photographer caught with his hand in the photoshop jar.

I'm still in the middle of Stephanie Gutmann's "The Other War". If you have not heard of it, I strongly recommend you pick it up if you are still reluctant to believe that Reuters, the AP, CNN, and much of mainstream media is not trustworthy and not impartial in the way they report the news. Many people have had their opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict colored by the agenda-driven AP photographers pushing an image of an Israeli military goliath bullying boys throwing stones; had their views shaped by liberal journalists and by Academia, sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. As Bret Stephens, former editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, wrote: "...the norm tends to be one of strict factual accuracy and routine contextual dishonesty."

Other links worth checking out:

Michelle Malkin mentions The Dissident Frogman who has a very cool video demonstration of how the photoshop alteration was done.

Intimidation of the press in the Middle East

Why Israel is losing the media war

The Other War in Qana

Pallywood over at Mike's America

EU Referendum on "Who is this man?"
and "The 'Green Helmet' mystery continues"

Assorted Babble has a good roundup.

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Blogger Jen said...

Ken Sanders, I think she look a tad bit more closely at the photographs and their published date online. If anything they are posted hours apart if they're on the same day. Also I think it would be fair to point out that Lebanon isn't that large of a country to begin with. It would be a bit more dubious if it was in Iraq and these photos were being uploaded in 3 hrs time.

Israel, I think, is losing the media war because simply the fact is that many people in America, around the world, don't believe Hezbollah is actually the threat. They believe that Israel is targeting the civilians of Lebanon. Hezbollah isn't a terrorist organization in their eyes but Hamas is. Go figure.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 3:48:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I came to the same conclusion you did, Wordsmith. I don't think one photographer is guilty here. And even if he did take all of those pictures, what's wrong with the Photo Editor at Reuters? Is he/she incapable of spotting the fact that those pictures were jacked with? I think Reuters is simply blaming all of it on this one photographer in order to cover themselves! There's no way the Photo Editor wouldn't have spotted this!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 6:16:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Oh, I will be back to check out the link to all the pictures you left. No time this morning. Gotta run! :)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 6:17:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Don't forget that this same photographer was posting "news" photos from the site of the Qana "massacre."

And it was also a Reuters camerman who took video and was a chief witness to the "massacre" by US Marines at Haditha in Iraq.

Shortly after September 11th President Bush said "You're either with us, or you are with the terrorists."

Seems to me that "news" organizations are doing a poor job getting out the news about what our side is doing and an excellent job getting out what the terrorists want you to think.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger Kyrie said...

He really did an excellent job removing those dust marks, now didn't he?

I've heard several places that he claimed to be removing dust marks.

So, he took the picture with a film (not digital) camera, had it developed, got the print made, scanned it into his computer (poorly if he didn't clean the glass first and it got dusty), and THEN had to go through and remove the dust?

I'm sorry, but as some one who scans a LOT of old photos, and using a digital camera regularly, this whole excuse just struck me as odd.

Why not just clean your scanner and rescan the pic?

But I'm no photography pro, maybe there WAS a reason to go through all that...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 2:19:00 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Excellent work..Keep spreadin the word hun!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:02:00 PM  
Blogger The Angry American said...

Hey wordsmth did you also see the Reuters photos that had the same Lebanese woman who had her house bombed in two different places on two different dates? Here first house got bombed on somehting like July 22nd,and then she appeared again in a different city where her house got blown up on the I think August 3rd. Same woman differnt poses,different cities,different building. I've even heard she had a couple other houses blown up on Reuters,but I have'nt seen those pictures yet.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 2:19:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...


And check out some of the latest

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 7:22:00 AM  

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