Skip to comments.Footsteps in the snow(Guardian got snookered by a doctored N. Korean news photo)
Posted on 03/05/2005 10:10:00 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
The readers' editor on... the manipulation of pictures
Saturday March 5, 2005
About a week ago the Guardian published a photograph captioned "Spring flowers seem to be surviving the snow storm, just, in Edinburgh." It was credited to David Cheskin and the agency that employs him, the Press Association.
A little before 8pm that day the PA put out what it called a "mandatory kill" - an order, in other words, that the picture was not to be published and was to be wiped from picture archives. Too late of course for the Guardian and a number of other papers.
The notice, transmitted in red with a full colour reproduction of the withdrawn picture, said: "It has been brought to our attention that areas of the image have been digitally cloned." The retraction was clear and unequivocal.
The handbook to the editorial code monitored by the Press Complaints Commission says: "The PCC insists that if a picture is not what it seems, or if it has been posed or digitally manipulated, the reader should generally be told."
Manipulating pictures that have the trusted purpose of showing us some piece of reality is no small matter, even if all we are talking about, as in this case, is a flowerbed.
On Tuesday (March 1) this note appeared in the Guardian's corrections column: "A photograph of spring flowers flourishing in several centimetres of snow in Edinburgh was digitally altered ... The agency, which supplied the picture in good faith, discovered after publication that image cloning had taken place."
(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...
The excerp you posted made no sense regarding Korea.
The part discussing that is:
"On Monday this week (February 28) we published a picture headed: "Cold war - North Korean children take aim at America." It showed children apparently throwing snowballs at a snowman representing the United States. A reader wrote: "A fairly casual inspection of this rather feeble bit of North Korean propaganda makes it obvious that the snowman was never in the original photo, but merely inserted afterward."
The editor of the section felt that the statement in the caption that the photograph was "released by the state Korean Central News Agency" announced clearly enough that it was a piece of propaganda. But he suggests it might have been spelt out more directly.
Whether it was manipulated or not we do not know. The reader thinks it was and I think he is probably right. It was presented as an example of propaganda, and manipulation is its useful tool. It taints the user. "
The Picture in question
Like CBS last September, the Guardian WANTED to believe it...and that hunch/faith was factchecking enough.
LOL their "intelligence" of us Running Dogs of Capitalism consists of smuggled black-and-white photos of the Shriners in the Macy's parade.
the so-called mainstream media have been doing this alot lately
HA HA Poor UK Guardian people who don't know they are leftist paper in the UK LOL!
That pretty bad for North KOrea that even their allies getting tick off with them LOL!
Yeah for anybody who live in Snow country where is footprints in the snow
OHH man I got idea on where Dan Rather or Mary Mapes could end up how about writing for North Korea news agency that person who put that site together is FUNNY LOL!
Have you read North Korea news agency site OMG some of the stuff pretty funny LMAO
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