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Reuters drops freelance Lebanese photographer over image
Reuters ^ | 06 Aug 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 08/06/2006 2:51:43 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

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.

Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.

"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

He was among several photographers from the main international news agencies whose images of a dead child being held up by a rescuer in the village of Qana, south Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on July 30 have been challenged by blogs critical of the mainstream media's coverage of the Middle East conflict.

Reuters and other news organisations reviewed those images and have all rejected allegations that the photographs were staged.


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To: Irish Eyes
Voldemort and his Death Eaters are on the march again.

And I don't think the "unforgivable spell" law applies to terrorists.

Cruciatis Hezbolicas!

101 posted on 08/06/2006 4:10:16 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: Dallas59

looking at the unaltered photo, I am somewhat surprised he bothered to alter it. There is plenty of dark smoke, if that is what he wanted.


102 posted on 08/06/2006 4:10:54 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.

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103 posted on 08/06/2006 4:11:12 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Da Mav

ROFLMAO!!!!


104 posted on 08/06/2006 4:12:01 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: SJackson

He must have gone to the Dan Rather school for photographers. It's fake but still true.


105 posted on 08/06/2006 4:12:04 PM PDT by trailboss800
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

...and he was drinking a lot of iced tea at the time!


106 posted on 08/06/2006 4:15:25 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Teddy is all wet.)
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To: Da Mav

Hysterical!


107 posted on 08/06/2006 4:18:10 PM PDT by Arnold Zephel
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

I'm sure Dan Rather stands behind the images, though.


108 posted on 08/06/2006 4:21:41 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist [FL 2006 Governor race])
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under,"

I call BS. Ambient lighting conditions will not reduce screen brightness and resolution.

109 posted on 08/06/2006 4:23:39 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Da Mav; humblegunner

110 posted on 08/06/2006 4:26:20 PM PDT by No Blue States
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

What a Lame Excuse!

111 posted on 08/06/2006 4:27:45 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Real Photos Of Hezzie Rocket Attacks on Israel.... From Russian Website...






























































































112 posted on 08/06/2006 4:28:45 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: SJackson
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

She should be fired for telling such a blatent lie. Even a mole could see that this was not 'dust' removal.

113 posted on 08/06/2006 4:30:07 PM PDT by Pikachu_Dad
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

This is only the time this photographer was caught. How many others are out there?

How many other photographers work for reuters and do the same type of trick?


114 posted on 08/06/2006 4:30:11 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: mewzilla

Reuters is big on detail, puny on substance. Any of their releases have 8/5/06 Israeli dead and wounded?


115 posted on 08/06/2006 4:30:52 PM PDT by jschwartz
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Thanks! I clicked the links and got the names of the photographers:

Issam Kobeisi
Hussein Malla
Sharif Karem
Adan Haqq
Hussein Saad
Ben Curtis
Zohra Beserma
Kevin "Bread Truck" Frayer

Reuters is Ali Baba and here is a partial list of his 40 Thieves. It boggles the mind how freakin' stupid these people are...a baby milk factory in Afghanistan, a bread truck in Lebanon, a lone wedding dress on a mannequin amid the rubble. Oh yeah, cry me a river. What a stinking bunch of liars the kit kit kit Muslims are!
116 posted on 08/06/2006 4:32:10 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Dallas59
Link To Photos here...

Clicky here for Journal
117 posted on 08/06/2006 4:35:00 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Hound of the Baskervilles

"The light comes FROM the monitor. You don't need any light in the room at all to see the MONITOR."

Yup. They're spewing horse twaddle. In fact, the room we did our graphic work in was dimmed to help with our color correcting.


118 posted on 08/06/2006 4:41:01 PM PDT by brewer1516
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
It seems Reuters isn't the only one 'reassigning' personel.

Interesting tidbit from the Sunday Morning News Talk programs thread:

###### FNC Sheperd Smith was recalled from the Middle East earlier than planned replacing Trace Gallagher on Jeniffer Griffin's suggestion.

I watched one of Shep's broadcasts. He was with Jeniffer. Shep had been there for over a week (IIRC), giving his rants-disguised-as-reports. Griffin, in this broadcast, was giving Shep a history lesson of the region, the elements of the conflict, the players, etc. It was obvious Shep was lacking in that knowledge.

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After the Griffin history lesson, in later reporting, Shep reverted to his rants-disguised-as-reports.

[Glad to see Griffin has the influence to get Shep sent home. I also noticed that Hemmer was back in the studio late last week. I did find Hemmer's reports informative without the emotional rants Shep tended to show.]


119 posted on 08/06/2006 4:45:12 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Da Mav

ROTFLMAO!!!

GHG is everywhere!


120 posted on 08/06/2006 4:51:09 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Look for the Union label--on the tunnel ceiling as it smashes your car!)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
"Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or
contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again
since April 2005."

Just imagine how many lies have been told and the amount
of fraudulent journalism that has been perpretrated by this
guy in this last decade!
121 posted on 08/06/2006 4:56:15 PM PDT by jefferson31415
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To: CyberAnt

That's a very good link. I like his comment about the photographer's excuse that it was too dark to see what he was doing: "Bad lighting on a computer screen?"
Ha, ha. That was the worst Photoshop job I've ever seen. Pathetic.


122 posted on 08/06/2006 4:56:21 PM PDT by Sabatier
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To: LibSnubber
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.

I'd like to know the methodology that allows retouching digital images by candle light rather than by using the traditional computer monitor.

123 posted on 08/06/2006 5:02:06 PM PDT by Semi Civil Servant (Colorado: the original Red State.)
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It gets worse.

A few minutes later he photographed Giant Patrick and SpongeBob trampling Beirut...


124 posted on 08/06/2006 5:02:20 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: humblegunner

That cloud DOES look suspiciously like the Dark Mark...


125 posted on 08/06/2006 5:06:32 PM PDT by Malacoda (The Posting Police need an enema.)
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To: Malacoda; Allegra
That cloud DOES look suspiciously like the Dark Mark...

I fear Voldemort is heavily involved in the middle east.

126 posted on 08/06/2006 5:12:30 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Reuters is pleased to announce their new freelance photographer - Nanda Jjah.
127 posted on 08/06/2006 5:13:22 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Hurricane season 2006 - Be prepared and have a plan)
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To: humblegunner

All is fair in love and war.

At least we know that Reuters is now a tool for Hezbola, and no longer a news agency.

So if the IDF see's a guy with Press credentails or a camera, he is now a legitimate target. Aim and pull the trigger!


128 posted on 08/06/2006 5:14:53 PM PDT by PA-RIVER (Islam, built on the pillars of Hatred)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Rooters has only the photographer's word that the photograph at Cana was NOT staged.

That hardly qualifies as unvarnished truth.

However, I understand they have hired Jayson Blair to replace the dismissed photographer.

129 posted on 08/06/2006 5:21:08 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; Sam Hill; Howlin
He was among several photographers from the main international news agencies whose images of a dead child being held up by a rescuer in the village of Qana, south Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on July 30 have been challenged by blogs critical of the mainstream media's coverage of the Middle East conflict.

Well ain't that special .. he photographed Helmet Man too, huh???

130 posted on 08/06/2006 5:27:26 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: SJackson
He was just trying to erase that pesky tornado to make it look like the Israelis did it.
131 posted on 08/06/2006 5:28:44 PM PDT by Mark-in-Kentucky
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To: PA-RIVER
"At least we know that Reuters is now a tool for Hezbola, and no longer a news agency.

We knew that before - it's just that now we have proof - unmitigated proof - they're in the propaganda (not news) business.

132 posted on 08/06/2006 5:30:20 PM PDT by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: humblegunner
A few minutes later he photographed Giant Patrick and SpongeBob trampling Beirut...

That picture is obviously doctored.

It was Plankton that was trampling Beirut.

133 posted on 08/06/2006 5:31:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Compare this picture from Qana to this picture from Tyre. Both vehicles have the number 125. Any significance??
134 posted on 08/06/2006 5:34:30 PM PDT by TheSpaceCoyote
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To: dfwgator; RikaStrom
It was Plankton that was trampling Beirut.

Paging someone with the Cartoon Network...

135 posted on 08/06/2006 5:34:31 PM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: SJackson
was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under

Too funny! I'm a PhotoShop novice and could have done a better job. If the lighting is bad you just keep clicking the clone tool over and over? And those pesky dust marks! Let's add some really black smoke over here to hide the dust marks. The photographer is no more believable than his photo.

136 posted on 08/06/2006 5:34:57 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
http://www.eureferendum.blogspot.com

That's been a hot site. Really great stuff.

EUReferendum hereby announces the creation of the annual Green Helmet Award for the crassest example of journalism being manipulated for the promotion of terrorism and terrorist organizations. The runner up will receive the White Tee-Shirt Award.

137 posted on 08/06/2006 5:38:47 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

None of their photographs or their reporting can be trusted then!


138 posted on 08/06/2006 5:42:28 PM PDT by claudiustg (Equivalence is depravity.)
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To: 4Liberty

If you search his photos, many look completely staged.


139 posted on 08/06/2006 5:44:33 PM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
So Adnan Hajj got caught (by alert and skeptical bloggers - not by al Reuters editors), and is fired.

He'll just change his name and continue to supply doctored, fake, staged photos to al Reuters; and al Reuters will wink and continue doing business with him.

That's what I'm figuring.

140 posted on 08/06/2006 5:44:38 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: TheSpaceCoyote

The first link isn't working.

Are you saying they are the same Ambulance? If so, I wouldn't be surprised. Probably the one Green Helmet works out of...


141 posted on 08/06/2006 5:54:25 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: SJackson

Reuters = Photorooters


142 posted on 08/06/2006 5:56:38 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Dallas59

Those are not the same image.


143 posted on 08/06/2006 5:59:31 PM PDT by js1138 (Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!")
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To: humblegunner

Where did you get Hillary's graduation picture from?


144 posted on 08/06/2006 6:03:15 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Democrats - The reason we need term limits)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

"Israeli air raid in the war with the Shi'ite Islamic group Hizbollah"

Anybody notice? its and "Islamic group" now!


145 posted on 08/06/2006 6:07:42 PM PDT by observer5 (It's not a War on Terror - it's a WAR ON STUPIDITY)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Try this for the first pic. The URL is http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4640/388/1600/qana%20025.jpg ... It's from http://www.eureferendum.blogspot.com/ ... under "Director's Cut", towards the end of the article. I'm just wondering how many Ambulance 125 pics might be out there that don't feature GHG.
146 posted on 08/06/2006 6:09:08 PM PDT by TheSpaceCoyote
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Bill Burkett has already submitted his resume


147 posted on 08/06/2006 6:10:40 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: humblegunner

That's not Giant Patrick and SpongeBob trampling Beirut-those are the Elders of Zion, sent by the brutal Zionist Occupiers to squish the heads of the women, children and pensioners.


148 posted on 08/06/2006 6:15:33 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Dallas59
Just eyeballing, but that one with the hole in the ceiling looks like BS to me. Notice the glow around the ceiling fan, like you'd see with the light on. It doesn't seem like that glow would be there with the light broken off the fan, and that light coming in through the hole doesn't look like it would make that ring around the fan.

I'm no expert, but it looks "off" to me.
149 posted on 08/06/2006 6:23:05 PM PDT by bc4gwb (http://bamapachyderm.com)
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To: humblegunner
It had to be done:

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Hey, it's no worse than Hajj's pwnd photoshop!
150 posted on 08/06/2006 6:25:40 PM PDT by bc4gwb (http://bamapachyderm.com)
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