It was such a blatant fake it couldn't have been a mistake for to use it.
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.)
Its 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. Theres really no question about it.
But its not only the plumes of smoke that were enhanced. There are also cloned buildings. (See below.)
Smoke billows from burning buildings destroyed during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beiruts suburbs August 5, 2006. Many buildings were flattened during the attack. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj
UPDATE at 8/5/06 5:15:55 pm:
Rob at Left & Right has isolated some repeating elements. Check out his animated GIF showing one section that is very obviously cloned.
Ace has been saying for a week that mainstream media is headed for a major meltdown, by outsourcing so much of their reporting to low-paid foreign stringers with highly questionable loyalties and ethics.
This looks like that meltdown.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 5:32:28 pm:
Heres another animated GIF I just put together, showing another section that is very obviously duplicated:
And heres a zoomed-in version of the above cloning example (step back from the monitor for the best view of the effect):
UPDATE at 8/5/06 6:01:37 pm:
Here is a slightly larger (but slightly lower quality) version of the photograph: Reuters Photo.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 6:52:08 pm:
Professional sports photographers are discussing the image here: SportsShooter.com - Odd photo from Lebanon...
Verdict: obvious fraud.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 7:04:54 pm:
The photographer who took this picture (probably also the person who doctored it), Adnan Hajj, is rather well-known to LGF readers. In fact, rather well-known to the entire world.
He also took this infamous photograph from Qana of the guy in the green helmet, parading a dead body around for pictures, featured on the front pages of newspapers worldwide: Yahoo! News Photo.
A rescuer carries the body of a toddler victim of an Israeli air raid on Qana that killed more than 60 people, the majority of them women and children, in south Lebanon, July 30, 2006. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj (LEBANON)
UPDATE at 8/5/06 8:11:06 pm:
The possible original for this faked photo has been discovered. And it was taken on July 26, 2006, credited to the Associated Press, by Ben Curtis: Yahoo! News Photo. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Notice the lower right area of this photo, and compare to lower left of the doctored photo. Notice how all the buildings line up perfectly, including the oddly shaped building on the horizon. Im putting together another overlay to make it painfully obvious.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 8:33:02 pm:
Heres the overlay showing the common area of these two photos, clearly cropped from a larger panorama shot.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 9:17:20 pm:
A point to note: regardless of whether you agree that the July 26 photo is cropped from the same panorama shot as todays (I still think it is), it is still damning evidence because the one from today shows buildings that dont exist in the earlier photo, even though they are clearly from the same angle.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 10:19:23 pm:
Allahpundit calls it The worst photoshop Ive ever seen, and corrects Reuters lousy Photoshop work.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 10:23:49 pm:
Michelle Malkin reminds us of Reuters news-gathering policy, from the Reuters website:
Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services. When we get something wrong, our policy is to be honest about errors and to correct them promptly and clearly.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 10:27:13 pm:
If youd like to ask Reuters what the hell? here is their contact page: Contact Us | Reuters.com.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 10:30:31 pm:
Jeff Harrell says, Adnan Hajj isnt even trying anymore.
UPDATE at 8/5/06 10:48:59 pm:
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Charles has made it into the MSM - at least in Israel. Ynet is writing about his doctored photo post here:
I guess next time they'll use it properly and not get caught.
Comrade Trotsky never was.
LGF received a death threat from someone that works for them in the UK.
A Reuters employee has been suspended after sending a death threat to an American blogger.
The message, sent from a Reuters internet account, read: "I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut."
In the future, we will make sure all Photoshopped images are done by persons using the software PROPERLY, so it is much harder to detect changes.
How sweet. They're sorry for the inconvenience.
How about apologizing for the lie and firing the editor?
Pajama patrol catches the MSM again.
Drive-By-Media totally busted again by FR!
Well done, LGF.
Beats me why a photographer or editor would risk his job over that, or how anyone that inept could have gotten the gig in the first place.
Related - I happened to see Monday's (7/31) front page of the Austin American-Statesman. There was yet another of Nassar Nassar's (AP) photos I hadn't seen before of green helmet guy carrying one of the often seen dead children (the one with the questionable bent arm) from Qana. Sorry, can't scan it and can't seem to find it on the web. Green helmet guy and Nassar must be joined at the hip. Wonder how much money exchanged hands.
I'm glad it's down, but I've got to get greedy and say I don't buy the 1408GMT on AUG 5 time. Maybe Aug 6 and they just made a typo, but my best guess is no way 2pm Aug 5.
Screw em all anyway. God'll kick their ass for us.
Now if they could just admit that 90% of their stories are doctored as well.