Reuters published completely doctored photos of Israeli strikes on Lebanon. It’s unclear to me at this point whether Reuters knew the images were doctored or not. The link above is the Pajamas Media rundown.
The photographer is a Lebanese freelancer. Maybe he didn’t get the memo explaining that all journalists refuse to allow their personal biases affect their work?
For a summary of the actual manipulation, see Reuter’s Photoshop Explained at Riehl World View.
Coincidentally (NOT!) this photographer is the same guy who took the, err, questionable images that got a bunch of attention last week. You know, the totally staged pictures of the Qana relief work.
In the Yahoo archive of this guy’s photos, I noticed this one:
An Israeli F-16 warplane fires missiles during an air strike on Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon, August 2, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)
While the quality is really bad, and there may actually be some bombs on the way, those bright lights are not missiles headed for Lebanese orphanages. They aren’t missiles at all. They’re flares designed to distract heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles targeting the F-16. They’re defensive. Sure, the F-16 wouldn’t be there if it weren’t attacking something. But get the caption right.
Or at least photoshop a MOAB in to make it look good, or something. No one will notice.
UPDATE: More at Wizbang.
UPDATE 2: Whoops! (This is what happens when you ignore the news for 24 hours…)
Seems that Rusty at the Jawa Report is all over the F-16/flare image that I noted. He thinks that two of the flare are copies of the first, and that two of the bombs are copies of the first. Go read and look. (via Malkin)
UPDATE 3: I understand that mistakes happen, not everyone knows correct military terminology, and that the deceptions of one liar shouldn’t smear the entire organization that he was part of. I’m just wondering where the mistaken pictures favoring the Israelis, with captions that tell lies about all the bad things Hezbollah does, are. Why is it that those deceptions are filtered out so completely and crap like this terrible photoshop get in?
UPDATE 4: The F-16 photo is doctored.