This is BIGGER THAN RATHER, my friends.
It is time to put Reuters, et al, on notice that we expect a higher caliber product.
TO: Reuters, NYT, abc, nbc, cbs, AP, AFP, et al.
Henceforth, All issued photography will conform to the following standards:
Photographs will be a)undoctored, b)candid, and c)prop-free. All photos shall be shot in an extended time sequence so that images can be reviewed for authenticity. All time stamps on photos shall be in GMT, and photos with improper time stamps shall be discarded. All photographers shall be accompanied by a witness -of verifiable character- whose job is to determine the authenticity of the scene being photographed.
Photo-editors will have the responsibility of obtaining RAW files for review. Editors shall be in direct contact with subjects to verify caption information. All photos in a time sequence shall be available for blogger review, AT ANY TIME.
Any outlet unable to conform to the new standards using digital photography will be expected to return to traditional film use. Negatives in a time sequence shall be available for blogger review, AT ANY TIME.
All news outlets will be issued conformance grades from AAA to BBB or F. Outlets failing to conform and resisting the current standards will, after three warnings, will be deemed "fauxtographers" and graded "F" which will ultimately affect both reputation and revenue.