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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: silverleaf

I believe this story is orders of magnitude greater in importance than some isolated embarrassed photographer who "embellished" his work for some good copy. It shows that the entire news stream from the ME is being manipulated, orchestrated, and choreographed by Iran, Hezbollah, and their sympathizers.

41 posted on 08/06/2006 7:26:54 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Uncledave; AmericanMade1776
Does this photo look fake to anyone else?


ADNAN HAJJ / Reuters
A Lebanese protester chanted slogans inside the torched Danish Embassy in Beirut yesterday.

42 posted on 08/06/2006 7:29:49 AM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Recovering Hermit

The Bigger the Lie, the more it will be believed, until they are found out, and they always are.

43 posted on 08/06/2006 7:31:35 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Uncledave
Last nite FR busted it hard when we saw the thread copied from LGF.

Yes LGF has been swamped since last night.

44 posted on 08/06/2006 7:33:16 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: angkor
I remember seeing that first photo when it was released, that is quite a fireball , kind if odd isn't it..then the peacock like smoke plumes coming off the fireball... very designed if you ask me.

45 posted on 08/06/2006 7:34:03 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Uncledave

Hey Reuters, you kind of forgot how the Internet took down Mary Mapes and Dan Rather back in 2004, didn't you? You can't fool us all the time anymore.

46 posted on 08/06/2006 7:35:02 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Mr. Brightside

I don't like the black line around his pants legs at all. Red flames, black border, blue jeans, NFW. Just eyeballing.

47 posted on 08/06/2006 7:35:30 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

Good catch - the black border along his right leg looks like a snip job.

48 posted on 08/06/2006 7:39:26 AM PDT by Uncledave
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To: jiggyboy
Thanks for posting that link. This pic shows it all

Too bad when can not hear from "little Green footballs" this morning, so far he has busted Reuters Lies, and has been given a death threat by a Reuters employee.

49 posted on 08/06/2006 7:43:11 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
Save the pic, open it with WIndows picture and Fax viewer or whatever you have and zoom in.

Note the difference in pixellation between the buildings in the foreground and the sky and explosion, etc. I am not a photoshop geek, but maybe someone here could explain if that is 'kosher' (sorry, couldn't resist) or not.

50 posted on 08/06/2006 7:44:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

The picture in #25 shows two different angles. Cover up the bottom part with the man. The apartments are shot from a sharp angle. Then cover up the apartments. The photog was standing slightly below the man. And why isn't the smoke rising upward covering the apartment?

51 posted on 08/06/2006 7:44:24 AM PDT by Atlantian
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To: angkor

The fireball in the photo on the left looks like a secondary explosion of fuel or some type of explosive. Also, I don't think debris would fly over a hundred feet into the air (the 5 or 6 story building in front of the fireball must be at least 45 - 55 ft tall including the roof), unless there was a large amount of fuel or explosives.

The smoke in the picture on the right, looks like it may be burning rubber. I've seen a used tire storage burning, and the smoke from that site was black and very thick.

52 posted on 08/06/2006 7:44:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The media and the democrats are the biggest supporters of the terrorists.)
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To: Hadean

Did you see this?

53 posted on 08/06/2006 7:45:34 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Uncledave

self ping

54 posted on 08/06/2006 7:45:42 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Uncledave

I think they just detected the tip of the iceberg here.

55 posted on 08/06/2006 7:50:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AmericanMade1776

That photo in #25 looks a bit funny...look at the shadow of the man in the photo, it just kind of disappears immediately to his left.

56 posted on 08/06/2006 7:58:45 AM PDT by jsh3180
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To: AmericanMade1776

It's just too pretty.

57 posted on 08/06/2006 8:01:27 AM PDT by sine_nomine (Confidential to Bush: protect the borders. The first word in "illegal immigrant" is...?)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Fake..The shadowing is wrong on his legs, there should be a glow from the flames.

58 posted on 08/06/2006 8:09:34 AM PDT by usmcobra (Hey Stand, who's standing in Lee Circle?)
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To: Mr. Brightside
I thought the SAME EXACT THING. In fact, I posted it at my site ("this looks faker than Nancy Pelosi's face"), but removed it after reviewing it. For now, anyway.

I enlarged that a hundred different ways, and couldn't find anything "off," but I am by NO means a photo expert.

Are all the photoshop experts asleep? I stayed up all night and can't stand to look at any more pictures--not that I know WTF I'm doing, anyway. ;-)
59 posted on 08/06/2006 8:18:22 AM PDT by bc4gwb (
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To: usmcobra

"there should be a glow from the flames."

NOt only that, but no one would be standing that close to the flames, at least for very long.

And wearing a hooded jacket?

I had a very small fire burning yesterday in the back yard, and I could only get within 10 feet for a few seconds. And I only had on a pair of swimming shorts.

60 posted on 08/06/2006 8:24:05 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Target the leaders. Once the head is gone, the body will die.)
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