Sunday, August 06, 2006

lgf: Reuters Doctoring Photos from Beirut? lgf: Reuters Doctoring Photos from Beirut?

A LGF article Reuters Doctoring Photos from Beirut? points out that the MSM is faking news again. This time, Reuters published a photo that was apparently badly PhotoShopped to look a lot worse. The news service admits that the photo was essentially faked and talks of its steps to prevent this, but we are left with the impression that, again, political bias had a hand in not looking closely enough at sources that fit those biases. Not surprisingly, they same guys who were involved in exposing the RatherGate forgeries were involved in exposing this one. LGF here also has a picture of the same "rescuer" in a green helmet who keeps showing up in a lot of the graphic pictures of civilian casualties. His repeated presence in so many photos is starting to be questioned too.

I don't agree with LGF that we are facing an imminent MSM meltdown here, but rather, it is just more evidence that the MSM seem to so uncritically accept "evidence" that supports their points of view, allowing themselves to be repeatedly manipulated by those with political agendas.

The question that is arising is how do we, as educated, intelligent, people, know what is real and what is fake any more? What is reality? We used to be able to trust that Reuters, CBS, the NYT, etc. would give us the facts. But so often any more, they are allowing themselves to be duped. Their moral claim of being objective reporters of facts is in tatters.

So, last night, I was watching CNN a bit, and they had an exclusive tour of a Hezbollah installation. And I had to wonder how much of it was staged for our benefit? What did CNN have to compromise for this "exclusive"? After all, this is the news source that apparently struck a deal with Saddam Hussein that they wouldn't report anything negative about his brutalities in trade for his not kicking them out of Iraq.


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Blogger Stephen C. Carlson said...

According to this story, Reuters has now dropped the photographer.

The photographer's excuse was, according to a Reuters PR person: "The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under".

What bothers me about the excuse is that it suggests that some amount of post-processing to enhance photographs is routine.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Bruce Hayden said...

Agreed. Althouse has picked up this discussion in a similar vein today, and I relayed your comment there. Hope that is ok.

I can't believe that I have to go through that silly word verification stuff on my own blog - can't Blogger figure that out? I only turned it back on because of that stupid comment spambot a week or so ago.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Stephen C. Carlson said...

That's fine, thanks. Thanks also for alerting me to Ann's discussion.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Stephen C. Carlson said...

Not the just the photographer, but now all his work for Reuters (920+ photographs) has been dropped: Reuters withdraws all photos by Lebanese freelance.

Whatever you can say about this guy, he has been prolific.

11:17 AM  

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