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More doctored photos from Hajj/Reuters?
Jawa Report ^ | 8/6/2006

Posted on 08/06/2006 6:31:08 AM PDT by Uncledave

August 06, 2006

Reuters Doctoring Beirut Photos (Updated)

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The photo below is attributed to Adnan Hajj, of the Reuters news agency. The photo alleges to show smoke covering the Beirut sky. The problem with the photo is that it is that it has been doctored to make it appear that an Israeli missile strike did much more damage than it actually did.

Adnan Hajj also took the photos of dead children at Qana. Allegations have arisen that the Qana photos were part of a staged event put on by Hezbollah operatives.

There is no doubt that the photo below is doctored. And not very well. It uses a common Photoshop technique called cloning, where one part of a picture is copied and replicated onto another part of the photo. The billowing smoke and several buildings in the photo are clones of other parts of the photo.


Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs has an animated version of the photo which points out more clearly that the photo was doctored. With his permission, I have posted one of them above. Go to LGF for more detailed photo analysis.

Left & Right has another animated version of the photo which is also convincing.

And reader efussekay points out the smoke cloning.

But this may not be the first time Reuters has distributed doctored photos by Adnan Hajj. Below is another example of Hajj's work. It was allegedly taken on July 13th and supposedly shows damage done to Beirut's civilian airport by an Israeli missile attack.

However, the photo appears to actually be a composite of two different scenes. One is of the airport which seems to be cut and pasted on to the Beirut skyline.

Here is a small version of the photo, as it appears at Yahoo News.

Now, here is a larger version of the same image with the cut and paste line pointed out. Click for larger view.


Perhaps someone with better skills can do a better job with the photo? I hope that puts to rest any notion that Hajj was motivated by not getting any good shots, as Allah suggest. It seems as if Michelle has found another candidate here.

So, who is this Adnan Hajj and does Reuters know that he is doctoring photos? I doubt that any one at Reuters was involved, as Lawhawk seems to think is plausible. It seems the more likely story is that since the people at Reuters want to believe the Hezbollah propaganda version of events, they are less likely to question the validity of photos that simply reaffirm what they already know.

Perhaps he was hired for his access to Hizbollah?

Ace chimes in:

Seems to me someone was just writing a lot about the MSM setting itself for a major scandal by credulously taking every report or picture submitted by a foreign stringer with likely poltiical biases, unknown loyalties, and dubious ethics, and splashing them on the front pages as if they'd all been carefully scrutinized and vetted.
Indeed. And Allah, as always, is all over this.

Update: Here's Hajj speaking to the students at the Lebanese American University. I'm guessing he's the guy in the middle because of the way the caption read at the LAU website.


Perhaps the poor photoshopping skills can be attributed to his age? Photoshopping skills belong to the young. But the fact that he was asked to speak to students seems to suggest that he has the appearance of being a legitimate journalist.

UPDATE: And plagiarism, too? (scroll to the end update) I guess that's the academic terminology. Lawyers call it copyright infringement, I think.

UPDATE II: Er, what the??? Another Hajj "photo" from July 24th with the caption "Smoke rises from a Hizbollah stronghold in southern Beirut after being hit by Israeli warplanes." Call me crazy, but what the hell is a straight line doing in the middle of the Beirut skyline? Update within an update: And by "straight line" I mean the stark contrast between the upper 90% of the photo, and the lower 10%. It's very odd to have such stark lines in nature. A reader suggests that it is the airport, but if you check out the other two photos which are in the series, that doesn't appear to be the case. The other two photos by Hajj (here and here), taken the same day and of the same scene, show a similar sky, but none of the houses in Beirut have turned on their lights yet. It's almost as if.......

UPDATE III: And another one. I wish I had the original, larger photo. But this one is suspicious. Look closely. --Update within an update: Look at the explosion in the background. Seems a bit out of proportion. I could be wrong.

UPDATE IV: So, you're telling me that this neutral media observer just happens to be pointing his camera in the right direction as the missile is being fired by Hezbollah to take out the single Israeli ship damaged in the war? If he wasn't tipped off by Hezbollah, then I'm going to give him a ring and ask him for this week's lottery numbers!

On second thought, how do we know Hajj didn't see a flare, snap a photo, and then wire it in with the amazing news that he just happened to see Hezbollah fire at the Israeli ship? Update within an update: Reader tells me it's no flare. Since my experience with flares is limited to debunking the Phoenix "UFO" sightings, I'll take his word for it. Now about those lotto tickets Mr. Hajj........

UPDATE V: The plot thickens. A man with a very similar name to Adnan Hajj particpated in other anti-Israel media ops. Update within an update: Adnan Hajj = Adnan Hajj Ali. Think Israel has this long expose of Pallywood manipulation of the media by use of Arab stringers.

It appears that pictures taken by Hajj and other Arab stringers of a child surrounded by bodies in a morgue after the IDF destroyedsome homes in a raid in Rafah were used by the Palestinians to accuse Israel of "genocide".

Why does this sound so familiar?

While perusing the online photo archives of Reuters, I couldn't help but notice that the same corpse of a child was repeatedly photographed with different people carrying it. Was it staged or candid? I really don't know, but deliberate or not, it does give the illusion of additional casualties. Suspicions are raised even further now that IMRA disclosed that two Palestinian children who died in the Rafah procession incident were murdered by Palestinian gunmen and that the IDF photographed the shooting. If you doubt the authenticity of this report, please note that it was first reported in Haaretz by Amir Oren on May 21st.

Meanwhile in the oft photographed morgue, a lone child is repeatedly photographed in different locations of the room as he sits over assorted groupings of bodies. A spontaneous photographic opportunity or was it posed for propaganda purposes? ....

These are the names of the photographers and photojournalists from AP, Reuters and AFP who covered the action for the Palestinian side of the street in Gaza these past two weeks....Adnan Hajj Ali

Boy, it's almost like we have another Bilal Hussein. Do you think Adnan will win the puliltzer like our buddy Bilal?

UPDATE VI: I'm going to bed. Since I'm on West Coast time, I won't be able to keep up with this in the morning. If you have a good observation or more info regarding this, please leave it in the comments.

Also, for other Jawa authors, consider this an open invitation to add your own two cents to this post.

More commentary: Say Anything, Flopping Aces, Jeff Harrell explains it well

TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; alreuters; enemypropaganda; fabrication; fakebutaccurate; fakephotos; fauxtography; hezbollah; lebanon; medialies; photoshop; propaganda; reutergate; reuterrorism; reuters
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To: Boazo
Look at this recent photo from Gaza a Reuters special

Posted by Mrs. R at Wuzza Dem. com (note: just humor, just humor)

21 posted on 08/06/2006 6:55:14 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Uncledave

Let's just say it. Adnan Hajj is an enemy propagandist agent posing as a photojournalist for the western media. Sixty five years he would have been a Gestapo agent.

22 posted on 08/06/2006 6:58:18 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Uncledave

We really need a list of characters.

1) Photo Journalists - Adnan Hajj, Nassar Nassar

2) Johnny on the Spot and Strike a Posers - Abu Shadi Jradi aka Green Helmet Guy

23 posted on 08/06/2006 6:59:03 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: SpaceBar

years = years ago

24 posted on 08/06/2006 7:01:52 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Uncledave
Reuters - Sun Aug 6, 8:35 AM ET A Lebanese man runs away from the burning ruins of a building destroyed during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut's suburbs August 5,2006. Many buildings were flattened during the attack. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj


25 posted on 08/06/2006 7:04:04 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: bboop
Good effort... THANK YOU


26 posted on 08/06/2006 7:06:45 AM PDT by pointsal (Q)
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To: bboop

Well said!!!

27 posted on 08/06/2006 7:10:35 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: BlueSky194
That, or maybe Phil Collins:

"...Well, if you told me you were drowning
I would not lend a hand
I've seen your face before my friend
But I don't know if you know who I am
Well, I was there and I saw what you did
I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off the grin, I know where you've been
It's all been a pack of lies..."

28 posted on 08/06/2006 7:11:23 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: AmericanMade1776

What! That's not real!

29 posted on 08/06/2006 7:12:24 AM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: AmericanMade1776
A picture of smoke taken by Adnan Hajj on July 13...I would suspect this one is not photo shopped.

Smoke rises from Beirut international airport after being hit by Israeli warplanes July 13,2006. Israeli aircraft attacked Beirut airport and killed 22 civilians in strikes on south Lebanon on Thursday, dramatically widening its reprisals after Hizbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight. REUTERS/Adnan Hajj (LEBANON)

30 posted on 08/06/2006 7:13:59 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: yankeedame


How about Laura Ingraham's "Lie of the Day," with the Anastacia song "Why'd You Lie To Me."

31 posted on 08/06/2006 7:14:21 AM PDT by BlueSky194
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To: Uncledave

I'm sure I'm behind the times but has anyone sent this to Fox or Drudge? It is Sunday, Drudge might go for it.

32 posted on 08/06/2006 7:14:44 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Boazo

I knew you would know it was not real, but.....for those DU'ers who are scanning our post, I wanted to clarify.

33 posted on 08/06/2006 7:15:02 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Uncledave
Here's another one for you ... another appearance by the infamous "Mr Green Helmet" who so ubiquitously posed as a
"Lebanese rescue worker" with child corpses at Qana, and featured again poking smoking rubble for "innocent victims" next day 18 miles away...

Here yet again, courtesy of CBS News, is "Mr Green Helmet", the most widely traveled, most widely photographed Lebanese rescue worker in history...this time supposedly taping red crosses on coffins in the Baalbeck, from a CBS News video featuring the "day after" the IDF commando raid on the Baalbeck. Check out photo at 2:53 into tape -
34 posted on 08/06/2006 7:15:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

In both of these photos, the brightness of the explosions seems somehow inconsistent with the brightness/contrast of the foregrounds. In particular it seems that the explosion in the left photo should reduce the brightness and contrast of the building directly in front of it. But it doesn't.

35 posted on 08/06/2006 7:16:58 AM PDT by angkor
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To: AmericanMade1776

When you've been lied to once, do you ever give someone the benefit of the doubt again? Until I have proof otherwise, I am assuming all Hajj photos are fakes.

36 posted on 08/06/2006 7:17:03 AM PDT by burzum (Despair not! I shall inspire you by charging blindly on!--Minsc, BG2)
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To: Uncledave

Mr Green Helmet, at Baalbeck, point 2:53 into the CBS tape shown at
37 posted on 08/06/2006 7:17:10 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: burzum

If Reuters is Lying for Hizbollah, then they are in deep trouble.

38 posted on 08/06/2006 7:21:17 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Uncledave

Here's another one to investigate:
Is this the same old white-haired dude appearing on both these hezzbollah videos?

In this one he loiters behind the female speaker claiming innocent victims killed in Baalbeck (point :37 on the video)

In this one, white haired dude claims to speak as head of family of hezzbollah suicide bomber, offering to send the rest of his sons to martyrdom (point 1:24 on video)

39 posted on 08/06/2006 7:22:37 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: AmericanMade1776
So much photo Trickery at Reuters, my head is spinning.

The amount of TREASON in the MSM is making my head spin.

All of these islamic enablers should be rounded up and incarcerated.

They are willfully aiding our enemies on a daily basis.

They will only get the point when their muslim heroes grab them, and their children, and saw all of their heads off with a dull blade.

40 posted on 08/06/2006 7:24:12 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit (Apparently, most who protest for peace do so at the expense of hygiene.)
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