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Cylinder 6th August 2006 06:26 PM

Reuters caught cloning smoke
Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs noticed something a bit odd in a Reuters' photograph this weekend:


OK, now things are getting weird.

This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop “clone” tool to add more smoke to the image. (Hat tip: Mike.)

It’s so incredibly obvious, it reminds me of the faked CBS memos. Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There’s really no question about it.

But it’s not only the plumes of smoke that were “enhanced.” There are also cloned buildings.
The questioned image, taken by Lebanese freelance photographer Adnan Hajj, depicts a quite obviously cloned photo showing smoke rising from Israeli air-strikes on Beirut. Hajj is also credited with many of the photographs taken in the aftermath of the Qana air strike which killed 56 Lebanese.

Reuters drops freelance Lebanese photographer over image


LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Reuters, the global news and information agency, told a freelance Lebanese photographer on Sunday it would not use any more of his pictures after he doctored an image of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Beirut.

The photograph by Adnan Hajj, which was published on news Web sites on Saturday, showed thick black smoke rising above buildings in the Lebanese capital after an Israeli air raid in the war with the Shi'ite Islamic group Hizbollah, now in its fourth week.

Reuters withdrew the doctored image on Sunday and replaced it with the unaltered photograph after several news blogs said it had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more smoke.
The Jawa Report is pointing out some other questionable Hajj photos.


The F-16 in the photo is not firing missiles, but is rather dropping chaffe or flares designed to be a decoy for surface-to-air missiles. However, a close up of what Hajj calls "missiles" reveals that only one flare has been dropped. The other two "flares" are simply copies of the original.
ETA: Sorry, this topis has already been covered here. Please see the original thread for discussion.

Mycroft 9th August 2006 10:13 PM

I think we could use another thread on Hezbollah media manipulation.

At the end of this video, Anderson Cooper of CNN describes one way Hezbollah attempts to stage the news for visiting journalists. It places some perspective on the issues of staging/editing pictures.

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