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The first Photoshop war [doctored photos could be harbinger of crisis]
Ynet News ^ | 8/17/06 | Gal Mor

Posted on 08/17/2006 12:20:29 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia

The first Photoshop war

Lebanon war's doctored photos could be harbinger of photojournalism crisis Gal Mor

The photo of an apparently new Mickey Mouse doll, resting on a ruined street in the Lebanese town of Tyre following an Israeli Air Force attack, took me back to a British TV show called "Drop the Dead Monkey," which aired in Israel about 15 years ago.

One of the journalists in Channel 4's satirical show used to hang around battle zones with a teddy bear in his trunk and place it at disaster zones a short time before cameras began shooting, in order to boost the dramatic effect.

I have no intention of doubting the integrity of photojournalists, most of whom work hard and risk their lives, but two cases exposed by bloggers during the second Lebanon War require us to resort to healthy skepticism.

The Reuters affair

Earlier this month, Reuters admitted that a photo by Lebanese photographer Adnan Hajj underwent improper treatment using graphic editing software. In another case of a photo showing an Israeli aircraft firing "missiles," it turned out those were flares and that this photo was also doctored by using a computer.

Both editing jobs were exposed by Charles Johnson, one of the owners of the Little Green Footballs blog.

Another photo showed a doll dressed in a clean wedding gown in front of a razed home. Another two photographs distributed in July and August showed a woman crying after her home was destroyed – twice in the space of two weeks. Yet another photo published in a newspaper showed what appears as bodies covered by white sheets, yet one of the bodies is sitting in a completely lively pose.

Another man who played a starring role in the blogs is Salam Daher, who heads civilian rescue operations in Tyre. Daher, labeled "Green Helmet Guy," is shown in 2006 and 1996 photographs following Air Force attacks on the village of Qana. AP strongly denied the photos were staged and even published a special photo of Daher (wearing a blue helmet) and explained who he was.

All this does not contradict the fact Daher repeatedly waved the bodies of children before the cameras (at times using the same body at different poses), while the photographers photographed.

Digital forgery has become norm

We can assume the Mickey Mouse photo is completely genuine, but we may still wonder whether the doll was placed in the area following the bombing. The Adnan Hajj affair shows that today there's no longer a need to stage photos. Instead, we can modify them using powerful graphic tools such as Photoshop.

Indeed, digital forgery has become the norm. Anyone who has met celebrities up close knows that at time the difference between them in reality and their faces, as modified by Photoshop and appearing on magazine covers, is rather significant.

The New Scientist reported this month that an algorithm developed by researcher Tommer Leyvand from Tel Aviv University can easily make people look more beautiful through an instant change of hundreds of facial features.

Charles Johnson and his friends at Little Green Footballs hold on to clear conservative political positions, yet their skepticism helps truth-seekers wherever they are and serves the press.

Even though dozens of channels and hundreds of news websites provide a sense of media pluralism, most of the photos and video stories from battle zones are distributed by a small number of news agencies: AP, Reuters, and AFP.

Just when visual broadcasting means (photos, video) are peaking, in the backdrop we can see emerging photojournalism's big crisis. Although Reuters was quick to announce it will make reviews of Middle East photos stricter, such doctored photo cases may indeed repeat in growing frequency, with forgers improving their tactics.

A photo will no longer be worth a thousand words

We're not only talking about a fundamental ethical problem that is only of interest to professionals. In the short run, the doctored photos may serve to dramatize Lebanese suffering and display the destruction sowed by Israel in Lebanon as greater in scope than it really is.

Yet over time, the weak party to the war will pay the price for the forgery, after human sensitivity to its pain will be dulled. This is tragic because the Lebanese people did suffer in the last war and many experienced genuine, non-doctored bereavement and destruction.

In the future, even when genuine photos from wars will be distributed, it's likely that the other side will plant changes in them and redistribute them in order to undermine their credibility and make audiences doubt them, as part of a propaganda war.

Once those insights are internalized, and the general public knows that it can no longer believe what it sees, a photo will no longer be worth a thousand words – it won't even be worth one word.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 08/17/2006 12:20:34 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

2 posted on 08/17/2006 12:27:59 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Polybius

Even if it hadn't mentioned the photo-shopped chicken right on the bottom of the postcard, I was sure it was a photo-shopped postcard. Can't fool me... But I'm surprised that "tourist guy" and beer-looting guy didn't make it on the postcard as well...


3 posted on 08/17/2006 12:41:03 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Always bring a liberal to a gunfight)
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To: Polybius

Where's green helmet guy?


4 posted on 08/17/2006 12:55:45 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Polybius
I suspect that the media has been giving Americans "Fake but 'Accurate'" for decades...
5 posted on 08/17/2006 12:58:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Went to the story, ended up following a few links and ended up here, where they have come up "Flat Fatima" (aka the world's unluckiest property owner)for Revolution in News Photography:

http://thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=798


There is also a blog set up for the World's Unluckiest Property Owner here:


http://unluckiestpropertyownerwoman.blogspot.com/


6 posted on 08/17/2006 1:05:18 PM PDT by green pastures
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marker


7 posted on 08/17/2006 1:08:11 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Yo-Yo
Why, he's everywhere. Didn't you know?


8 posted on 08/17/2006 1:25:18 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Here's a Photo Fraud movie.
9 posted on 08/17/2006 1:26:21 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

If I were photo editor of a newspaper or journal I would only accept film.

End of problem.


10 posted on 08/17/2006 1:31:14 PM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
The Reutergate scandal and issues with Beirut Photos in general. There are 3 areas of concern: 1) Staging of photos and; 2) Doctoring of photos and, 3) Misleading Captions

Links are in chronological order.

RECAPS:

Excellent Video recap by aish.com

Excellent Video recap by Michelle Malkin

CNN's Anderson Copper Admits to seeing staging plus Germany TV video catches Green Helmet in the Act

The Corruption of the Media A lengthy, comprehensive review of Fauxtography at Qana by EU Referendum

ISSUE 1, STAGING OF PHOTOS:

"Milking it" (Critical look at Qana photos)

"Hezbollywood? Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged"

"Who is this Man?" (Green Helmet)

"Qana - the director's cut"

"The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" (Green Helmet & Co, show up in Tyre)

"Reuters calls the doctor, take 2" (Powerline blog exposes yet another suspect group of photos same damage reported as new 12 days apart)

"Extreme Makeover - Beirut Edition" (Drinking from Home exposed more photos. This time, the same woman is shown losing her home first in Southern Beirut on 7/22 and then in the "suburbs of Beirut" on 8/5)

"Shaking the Dead" (Confederate Yankee shows staged photos of a "rescue worker" grasping a hand protruding from the rubble for both Reuters and AP)

"The Passion of the Toys" (Slublog has a collection of all the posed stuffed animals among the ruble)

"Lights, Camera, Action!" ICRC Posing with bodies

Green Helmet the movie director [Germany's NDR busts him in the act]

ISSUE 2, DOCTORING OF PHOTOS

Little Green Footballs uncovered an obviously doctored photo by Hajj (Beirut Smoke)

It was quickly picked up here on FR

Reuters admits the first photo (Beirut smoke) was doctored and suspended Hajj

A second doctored photo (F16) was identified by Jawa

Reuters admits the second photo was also doctored, fired Hajj and withdrew all 920 of his photographs

ISSUE 3: MISLEADING CAPTIONS:

New York Times Busted in Hezbollah Photo Fraud!

More Reuters Fauxtography [Caption Correction Issued]

11 posted on 08/17/2006 1:38:54 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Once those insights are internalized, and the general public knows that it can no longer believe what it sees, a photo will no longer be worth a thousand words – it won't even be worth one word.

Good. The public should never believe anything the news media tells it at face value.

12 posted on 08/17/2006 1:40:45 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (This tagline is false.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Lol!
I made the Norman Rockwell one!
There is a larger version of it on my freeper page!
13 posted on 08/17/2006 2:04:38 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Dont Mention the War

You should also take anything the FBI or TSA says about terrorism attempts or actual attacks with a grain of salt.

TWA800 had over 105 people say they saw a missile hit it.


14 posted on 08/17/2006 2:08:18 PM PDT by 308MBR ( I don't really want to know WHAT you have to do to be arrested for a sex crime in Bangkok!)
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To: BenLurkin
I suspect that the media has been giving Americans "Fake but 'Accurate'" for decades...

LOL... Remember when Hillary! was doing the tour for her book and someone asked her who was on the cover?

15 posted on 08/17/2006 2:12:18 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Beckwith
If I were photo editor of a newspaper or journal I would only accept film.

Then the extra day or two it took to get my pictures from overseas would cause my circulation to be lost to my competitors. Management would therefore immediately fire me.

End of problem.

16 posted on 08/17/2006 2:14:38 PM PDT by MrEdd (More cheep than a flock of baby chickens.)
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To: MrEdd
You mean this is FAKE!!

Link to other tread FlatFatima

17 posted on 08/17/2006 2:37:42 PM PDT by Coffee_drinker (The best defense is a strong preemptive strike..)
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To: MrEdd
Then the extra day or two it took to get my pictures from overseas would cause my circulation to be lost to my competitors. Management would therefore immediately fire me.

Better you get fired than me.

Better you get fired than the reputation of the newspaper tarnished.
18 posted on 08/17/2006 3:21:34 PM PDT by Beckwith (The dhimmicrats and liberal media have chosen sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High Volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel.

also Keywords 2006israelwar or WOT [War on Terror]

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19 posted on 08/17/2006 3:29:25 PM PDT by SJackson (The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

Great work, Mary! That's one of my favorites in the bunch. POF


20 posted on 08/17/2006 3:44:14 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thank you!
I appreciate that!


21 posted on 08/17/2006 3:46:09 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Coffee_drinker


22 posted on 08/17/2006 3:54:03 PM PDT by mcar
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

great thread!


23 posted on 08/17/2006 4:24:58 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: Polybius

Egads!!!

It's the Giant Chicken of Prague.

I wonder if it'll get along with the Giant Chicken of Bristol?


24 posted on 08/17/2006 4:25:08 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (I criticize everyone... and then breath some radioactive fire and stomp on things.)
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To: RaceBannon

hey man , ... I wonder if they'll cut me a deal on a few dozen Flat Fatimas

[ get some of my Christmas shopping outta duh way ,... WAY? no way ]


25 posted on 08/17/2006 7:22:05 PM PDT by Dad yer funny (BinScentie Pox , BinLadin , 2 tall enemies)
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To: Dad yer funny

Let's not forget a side of Rachael Corrie Flapjacks.


26 posted on 08/18/2006 3:11:18 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Post #8

Great stuff. I laughed my a$$ off.

For the original article, the drive-by media is simply attempting to give us in picture what they have been giving us in words for 50 years.

I will never forget the pictures of all those Katrina victims standing knee deep in water bottles, styrofoam food containers, and tripping over their lawn chairs while yelling into the camera about how they were being mistreated.

As Tammy Bruce recently said on the Laura Ingram show, "We have two political parties in the United States. Republicans and the main stream media."

27 posted on 08/18/2006 6:11:20 AM PDT by Texas Jack
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
Bulletin! Bulletin! Below is a mix of FAUXLEBANONNEWS and FAUXTOGRAPHY:

The disturbing make believe photos from this disturbing make believe event are shown below. Don’t allow children under the age of 30 to view this horror caused by Israel. Of course, this is Bush's fault.

No Problem! Here comes your Bomb!


1) Man arrives with suitcase full of American toys and dismantles doll in pink dress.


2) Man carries dismantled doll, minnie mouse and teletubbie for placing in position.


3) Fauxtographers take pictures when props are in position.


28 posted on 08/18/2006 8:07:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: TaxRelief

This ping is for you.

Good documentation here re staging.


29 posted on 08/18/2006 8:24:37 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Coffee_drinker

Ouch, that sent soda straight through my sinuses and onto my keyboard. Lucky it was diet, otherwise I'd need a new keyboard.


30 posted on 08/18/2006 8:27:07 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: green pastures

Bookmark


31 posted on 08/19/2006 7:58:41 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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