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Lebanon photos: Take a closer look (In the LA Times???)
LA Times ^ | 8/12/06 | Tim Rutten

Posted on 08/12/2006 8:59:51 AM PDT by pissant

THE controversy this week over Reuters' distribution of digitally manipulated, falsely labeled and — probably — staged photos of the fighting in Lebanon hasn't been nearly as large as it should have been.

Credit for bringing the sordid business to light goes to Charles Johnson, a musician and Los Angeles-based blogger, who operates a hard-edged right wing website unfathomably called Little Green Footballs. Last Saturday, Reuters, which is headquartered in London, transmitted two photographs by one of its regular Lebanese freelance photographers, Adnan Hajj, whose work for the agency has appeared in many American newspapers since 1993. An anonymous tipster reportedly drew Johnson's attention to the photos, and he immediately recognized that one purporting to show the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on Beirut had been digitally enhanced. It subsequently emerged that another image allegedly showing an Israeli fighter launching multiple air-to-ground missiles also had been altered using the common Photoshop computer program.

Johnson quickly posted a denunciation of the phony photo. Within 18 hours, Reuters killed the manipulated images, fired Hajj and removed 920 of his photos from its digital archives. Paul Holmes, the Reuters editor responsible for standards and ethics, told the New York Times that all the withdrawn images were being reviewed "to see if any others have been improperly altered." He also said the news agency was investigating how the photos slipped by its editors but noted that on the day in question, "we published 2,000 photos. It was handled by someone on a very busy day at a more junior level than we would wish for in ideal circumstances."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: fakebutaccurate; fakedphotos; fauxtography; fraud; islamoganda
Why this is in the entertainment section of the website I can't fathom. Not sure if it made it into the paper itself or not.

But at least ONE person at the LA Times is honest. That in itself is a huge suprise.

1 posted on 08/12/2006 8:59:52 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
The LA Times went through the same thing a few years ago, when they ran a photograph that turned out to be a composite of two separate photographs. Looks like they've learned something.
2 posted on 08/12/2006 9:02:26 AM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian ("I'm not a hawk or a dove. I just don't want my country to be a pigeon." -- Henry "Scoop" Jackson)
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To: pissant

As long as we keep exposing the Liberal MSM, the more readship and viewership stops sucking up their propaganda. Hopefully, they will all be in the unemployment lines where all good Liberals should be.


3 posted on 08/12/2006 9:06:18 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Celtjew Libertarian

At least the guy writing in the entertainment pages has. The editorial board is a pack of committed leftists.


4 posted on 08/12/2006 9:06:37 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
all the withdrawn images were being reviewed "to see if any others have been improperly altered

As apposed to the images that are properly altered???
5 posted on 08/12/2006 9:06:41 AM PDT by Axelsrd
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To: Bigg Red

MARK


6 posted on 08/12/2006 9:07:18 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: nutmeg

FYI


7 posted on 08/12/2006 9:07:43 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: Axelsrd

As apposed to the images that are properly altered???

**
Good one!


8 posted on 08/12/2006 9:08:20 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: pissant

Saturday edition.


9 posted on 08/12/2006 9:09:03 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: ExTexasRedhead; Axelsrd

I could not believe my eyes reading this as this writer's closing statement:

"That brings us to the most troubling of the possible explanations for these fraudulent photos, which is that some of the photojournalists involved are either intimidated by or sympathetic to the Hezbollah terrorists. It's a possibility fraught with harsh implications, but it needs to be examined thoroughly and openly.

Johnson and his colleagues have done the serious news media a service. Failure to follow up on it would be worse than churlish; it would be irresponsible. "

So maybe they are realizing, just a bit, that their credibility at the LA Times is in need of severe repairs.


10 posted on 08/12/2006 9:09:49 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Er, umm, no. The writer STILL got it wrong.

He only mentioned one (out of about 6-9) case of the MSM (not just Reuters!) accepting and publishing FAKE photographs to (deliberately) spread anti-Israeli propaganda.

It's is a SINGLE STORY, even that story is not right - by limiting the impact and distorting the amount the problem!
11 posted on 08/12/2006 9:09:58 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: LdSentinal

On line only, most likely too.


12 posted on 08/12/2006 9:10:12 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

His last paragraphs tell me that at least this writer gets it, to some degree.


13 posted on 08/12/2006 9:11:12 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Interesting that the author of this piece, Tim Rutten, seems to have a reputation as an unapologetic left-wing shill...


14 posted on 08/12/2006 9:14:32 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: The Electrician

Apparently smart enough to recognize that he doesn't want the LA Times to get taken down, because heads are going to roll be the time the phony pics and stories are fully exposed.


15 posted on 08/12/2006 9:16:41 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Yep... I have to give him credit where credit is due... Most other far-lefties in the media (for example, Derrick Z. Jackson, Robert Kuttner, David Corn, ad nauseum) are so totalitarian in their outlook that they will dig in their heels and stick to the party line no matter how strong and incontrovertable a truth is staring them in the face.


16 posted on 08/12/2006 9:22:00 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: pissant

This writer for the LA Slimes should apply the same standards he seems to be for re photography to the faux news stories and editorials that appear daily in the LA Slimes to demean our Nation, Warriors, Israel and our President.


17 posted on 08/12/2006 9:22:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: The Electrician

sp: incontrovertable --> incontrovertible


18 posted on 08/12/2006 9:24:08 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: The Electrician

Mental midgets all.


19 posted on 08/12/2006 9:24:19 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Grampa Dave

That is asking WAY too much. And this little admission will not save the Slimes from bankruptcy.


20 posted on 08/12/2006 9:25:01 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

"...hard-edged right wing..."

At last, some descriptive adjectives comeing out of the LAT.

I can live with that.


21 posted on 08/12/2006 9:26:25 AM PDT by alloysteel (My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.)
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To: The Electrician

Maybe a bit of self-preservation has kicked in...and then, there are some lefties who are just seriously deluded, rather than being knowingly committed to supporting the enemy, and he may be one of them. Still, it's definitely good news that he was objective enough to take a look at this.


22 posted on 08/12/2006 9:28:28 AM PDT by livius
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To: alloysteel

Why IS that website called Little Green Footballs???


23 posted on 08/12/2006 9:29:09 AM PDT by Hildy (To save us both time, assume I know everything...)
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To: Axelsrd
Actually, you can alter them somewhat in the same way you would alter a photograph in the dark roomf or things such as contrast and lightness/darkness.

Plus, iirc, a slight amount of color correction—something you also do in a traditional darkroom. So yes, photojournalists can properly alter a picture.

They can not, however, add or subtract content either digitally or in "real life." That wouldn't be improper it would be WRONG. ; )
24 posted on 08/12/2006 9:31:26 AM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: pissant

This little admission is an old trick of the Dinosaur Fishwrap.

Print an article like this and hide it in the Saturday paper in section 5 throuh 8.


25 posted on 08/12/2006 9:33:27 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Hildy

I understand that "little green footballs" was given its name by Mrs. Calabash,
(wherever she is.)


26 posted on 08/12/2006 9:35:30 AM PDT by vinwire (vinwire)
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To: vinwire

I wonder how many people under the age of about 60 "get" that reference!


28 posted on 08/12/2006 9:56:21 AM PDT by cydcharisse
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To: Hildy

Several people have asked Charles that same question and it has never been answered. I guess it's his little secret


29 posted on 08/12/2006 10:07:02 AM PDT by Dov in Houston
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To: pissant
Rutten writes about "The Media" in the Calendar section of the paper, a section self described as "Arts, Entertainment, Style, and Culture."

He tries to address serious issues regarding the media and his musings inevitably reveal a strong liberal bias.

Take this excerpt from today's column for instance, "...It's worth taking the time to go there (pajamas media.com) and to click on the link giddily labeled "Reutersgate." Make what you will of the analysis, much of which is feverish, sneering and tending toward the mechanistically conspiratorial..."

The unspoken implication is that since this is the land of blogs and internet analysis it is lower class and dirty but a serious journalist has to go where the story is so Rutten does his readers a favor by slumming and investigating the arguments.

His piece includes the following in the concluding remarks, "... Johnson and his colleagues have done the serious news media a service..." Of course, since his ideas appear in ink, he is a contributor to the serious news media.

He could prove that he is serious if he did more analysis of the Los Angeles Times' coverage of the war against militant Islam in all it's guises. For starters, he could tell us all about the Times' coverage of the interception by the Tanzanians of a shipment of uranium 238 from the Congo to Iran. How was the story covered by the paper? What analysis was there regarding the impact this would have on U.S. policy toward Iran's efforts to produce atomic warheads? How does it affect European policy? What was the Time's treatment of the impact this story has on the domestic political front and the democrats' positions on the current administration's policies toward Iran and the war on terror?

Will Rutten be as silent as the paper he works for?
30 posted on 08/12/2006 10:16:33 AM PDT by concentric circles
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To: pissant

Most photos for news seem to be staged these days anyway.


31 posted on 08/12/2006 10:25:18 AM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: Grampa Dave; pissant
Placing a story (critical of the Clinton administration) in the LA Times, deep inside the Friday or Saturday edition, was a favorite tactic to "print" the story (for reference later to show it WAS printed) but without the publicity of the weekend rounds of the TV analysis and exposure.

A story running Friday is too late to be in the TV news on Friday, since the TV news lives only from the NY Times leads: sent much earlier than the LA Times. Also, the Saturday/Sunday TV analysis programming is set by the time the story is released. But by Monday, IF the story is noticed at all by the MSM, it is dismissed as "old news" and "last week's news" - "we don't want to repeat that old story today."
32 posted on 08/12/2006 10:34:39 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Yeah, but at least it's a story.


33 posted on 08/12/2006 10:53:16 AM PDT by kjo
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To: pissant

Salute and kudos to the person(s) who exposed this horrible fraud perpetrated upon the public consciousness yet once again by the mainstream media. Truth in Journalism = LIES


34 posted on 08/12/2006 11:00:26 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Here is the Doctored photo as it ran on the front page of the LA times. The actual photo is on the right.

35 posted on 08/12/2006 11:14:33 AM PDT by kik5150
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Thanks for reminding us of the late Friday or Saturday mini article re the sins of the Clintoons buried in section Z on page 12 of a 20 page section.


36 posted on 08/12/2006 11:42:48 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: pissant

Bump


37 posted on 08/12/2006 3:28:30 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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