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Photojournalism in Crisis (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Editor & Publisher ^ | August 18, 2006 | David D. Perlmutter

Posted on 08/18/2006 7:49:13 AM PDT by abb

Amid the controversy over certain pictures from Lebanon, a longtime student of war photography asks, "I'm not sure if the craft I love is being murdered, committing suicide, or both."

By David D. Perlmutter

(August 18, 2006) -- The Israeli-Hezbollah war has left many dead bodies, ruined towns, and wobbling politicians in its wake, but the media historian of the future may also count as one more victim the profession of photojournalism. In twenty years of researching and teaching about the art and trade and doing photo-documentary work, I have never witnessed or heard of such a wave of attacks on the people who take news pictures and on the basic premise that nonfiction news photo- and videography is possible.

I'm not sure, however, if the craft I love is being murdered, committing suicide, or both.

Perhaps it would be more reassuring if the enemy at the gates was a familiar one—politicians, or maybe radio talk show hosts. But the photojournalist standing on the crumbling ramparts of her once proud citadel now sees the vandal army charging for the sack led by “zombietime,” “The Jawa Report,” “Powerline,” “Little Green Footballs,” “confederateyankee,” and many others.

In each case, these bloggers have engaged in the kind of probing, contextual, fact-based (if occasionally speculative) media criticism I have always asked of my students. And the results have been devastating: news photos and video shown to be miscaptioned, radically altered, or staged (and worse, re-staged) for the camera. Surely “green helmet guy,” “double smoke,” “the missiles that were actually flares,” “the wedding mannequin from nowhere,” the “magical burning Koran,” the “little girl who actually fell off a swing” and “keep filming!” will now enter the pantheon of shame of photojournalism.

A few photo-illusions are probably due to the lust for the most sensational or striking-looking image—that is, more aesthetic bias than political prejudice. Also, many photographers know that war victims are money shots and some will break the rules of the profession to cash in. But true as well is that local stringers and visiting anchors alike seem to have succumbed either to lens-enabled Stockholm syndrome or accepted being the uncredited Hezbollah staff photographer so as to be able to file stories and images in militia-controlled areas.

It does not help that certain news organizations have acted like government officials or corporate officers trying to squash a scandal. The visual historian in me revolts when an ABC producer informs me that Reuters “deleted all 920 images” by the stringer who produced the “Beirut double smoke” image and is “less than willing to talk about it.” Can you say “18-minute gap,” anyone?

There is one great irony here. From a historical perspective, this is the golden age of photojournalistic ethics. In previous eras wild retouching, rearranging, cutting of images and even staging and restaging of events for the camera were commonly accepted in the trade. As someone who has written a history of images of war, I can testify there is more honesty in war photography today than ever in the past in any medium or any war--but there is, of course, much more scrutiny as well.

The main point is that we are now at a social, political and technological crossroads for media—amateur, industrial, and all points and persons in between. First, we live in Photoshop-CGI culture. People are accustomed to watching the amazing special effects of modern movies, where it seems any scene that can be imagined can be pixilated into appearing photorealistic. On our desktop, many of us are photoshopping our lives, manipulating family photos with ease.

In addition, in a digital-Internet-satellite age, any image on the Web can be altered by anyone into any new image and there is no “original,” as in a negative, to prove which was first. The icons are sacred no longer. Finally, there are the bloggers: the visual or word journalist is not only overseen by a familiar hierarchy of editors or producers but by many independents who will scan, query, trade observations, and blast what they think is an error or manipulation to the entire world.

News picture-making media organizations have two paths of possible response to this unnerving new situation. First, they can stonewall, deny, delete, dismiss, counter-slur, or ignore the problem. To some extent, this is what is happening now and, ethical consideration aside, such a strategy is the practical equivalent of taking extra photos of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The second, much more painful option, is to implement your ideals, the ones we still teach in journalism school. Admit mistakes right away. Correct them with as much fanfare and surface area as you devoted to the original image. Create task forces and investigating panels. Don’t delete archives but publish them along with detailed descriptions of what went wrong. Attend to your critics and diversify the sources of imagery, or better yet be brave enough to refuse to show any images of scenes in which you are being told what to show. I would even love to see special inserts or mini-documentaries on how to spot photo bias or photo fakery—in other words, be as transparent, unarrogant, and responsive as you expect those you cover to be.

The stakes are high. Democracy is based on the premise that it is acceptable for people to believe that some politicians or news media are lying to them; democracy collapses when the public believes that everybody in government and the press is lying to them.

And what of future victims of war? Will the public deny them their sorrows because we will dismiss all smoking rubble and dead children as mere digital propaganda?

Photojournalism must live, but not if its practitioners and owners are determined to jump into the abyss.

David D. Perlmutter (letters@editorandpublisher.com) is a Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research at the University of Kansas¿s School of Journalism & Mass Communications. He is author of "Visions of War, Photojournalism and Foreign Policy," and a book of documentary photography, Policing the Media."


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1 posted on 08/18/2006 7:49:14 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb
Raoul's First Law of Journalism
BIAS = LAYOFFS

2 posted on 08/18/2006 7:49:30 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: knews_hound; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; Liz; norwaypinesavage; Mo1; onyx; SmithL; petercooper; ...

Ping


3 posted on 08/18/2006 7:50:40 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

4 posted on 08/18/2006 7:53:41 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave

We need to ping the guy who kept up with all this a couple of weeks ago? Pajama something...


5 posted on 08/18/2006 7:55:59 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: martin_fierro

"The icons are sacred no longer. Finally, there are the bloggers: the visual or word journalist is not only overseen by a familiar hierarchy of editors or producers but by many independents who will scan, query, trade observations, and blast what they think is an error or manipulation to the entire world.

News picture-making media organizations have two paths of possible response to this unnerving new situation. First, they can stonewall, deny, delete, dismiss, counter-slur, or ignore the problem. To some extent, this is what is happening now and, ethical consideration aside, such a strategy is the practical equivalent of taking extra photos of the deck chairs on the Titanic."


Martin, this is the perfect place for your Titantic graphic arts.


6 posted on 08/18/2006 7:57:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: PajamaTruthMafia

Big Ping


7 posted on 08/18/2006 7:58:47 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: PajamaTruthMafia; abb

PajamaTruthMafia, see what you have started and contributed to. Great Job!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1685441/posts

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.


8 posted on 08/18/2006 8:01:21 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: abb

Hard to believe E&P ran with this story. Unfortunately, they are ignoring the 800lb gorilla. The NEWS STORIES are faked far worse than the photos. Having a micki mouse suddenly appear in a rubble heap is a minor sin compared to the WaPostNYTimesCNNMSNBCCBSLATIMESBOSTONGLOBEABCNPRAPREUTERS lies splashing daily across the headlines.


9 posted on 08/18/2006 8:01:58 AM PDT by pissant
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To: abb
these bloggers have engaged in the kind of probing, contextual, fact-based (if occasionally speculative) media criticism I have always asked of my students.

Translation: the pajama militia is doing the job journalists are supposed to do, but, in their zeal to SELL a story instead of TELL a story, are neglecting.

It can't come as any surprise to anyone that when a craft whose stock in trade is credibility loses that due to prejudice and a lack of professionalism, the craft suffers. Maybe if a few more editors fired a few more biased journalists, and a few more publishers fired a few more biased editors, and a few more stockholders fired a few more biased publishers, journalism would regain the public's trust.

10 posted on 08/18/2006 8:08:16 AM PDT by IronJack (ALL)
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To: pissant
You know the old saying..."A picture is worth 1000 words?"

Well, to most of the public photographers and reporters are BOTH journalists. (The news agency always tags the name of the paper or agency to the photo, which is good.)

Sooo, yes, many of the stories are faked, but showing a faked picture makes the point for us far easier than pointing out the errors and lies in a story. It's right there where anyone in the public can understand it...and understand it quickly.

It's going to be a lot easier to convince people of the bias in the media with these pictures. They have shot themselves in the foot once again. HA!

11 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:10 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: abb
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.


12 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: pissant

Patience, ant. We've waited 50 years to put these bastards in their place. We're getting there now, though. And they're dying hard - suffering, moaning, in pain....

"God I love it. I do love it so." George S. Patton


13 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:42 AM PDT by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Have they heard of Digital Cameras? They can download or ship pictures at the speed of light.


14 posted on 08/18/2006 8:09:51 AM PDT by desherwood7
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To: Miss Marple

Agreed. It's important. But so is FR, Newsbusters, Talk Radio and the blogs pointing out the daily malfeasance of the written and broadcast news. It's a fight we are winning, slowly, as the MSM is continuing to lose all credibility.


15 posted on 08/18/2006 8:14:36 AM PDT by pissant
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To: abb

I'm patient. The thumbscrews are turning.


16 posted on 08/18/2006 8:16:12 AM PDT by pissant
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To: Grampa Dave

Man, that post had some of the funniest pictures I have ever seen. I literally had tears streaming down my face I was laughing so hard!


17 posted on 08/18/2006 8:23:54 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Grampa Dave
In the American Revolutionary years, every man with pocket change could hire a printing press and put out a pamphlet about what he thought. In a free marketplace of ideas, you could stand on a soapbox on the town green, and shout your views as loudly as you liked. Politics were local, and you could say what you wanted to say. People might ignore you, agree with you, or pronounce you an idiot, but you had your say.

In the Media Era, politics were national and often planetary. But standing between you and the public audience were the gatekeepers who determined the agenda. Poisoned milk in Peoria? If Dan Rather didn't schedule five minutes for it, it didn't happen. Vietnam protestors? Walter Kronkite says that it gets fifteen minutes, at the top of the show. Castro kills and murders? Uncle Fidel's not getting slandered on this news report!

Enter the Internet, and the Old Ways have been blown to hell. In the truest expression of democracy, $25 for a site name buys you the biggest printingpress in the world (long as you pay the hosting fees.) And barring that, FR and other chat sites are potentially free (in the short run.) Like the Revolutionary era pamphleteers, we can once again stand in the village square and shout "That's not right!" The hallowed "fact-checking" function of the news reporter, long buryed under inches of bias-dust at the networks, has been taken over by the commoners.

And boy, are the Gatekeepers p!$$ed. The "little people" out there in the flyover states have forgotten where they fit in the food chain, and are getting uppity. Don't they know that Hollywood and New York and all the flashy News-a-tainment people are supposed to tell them what to believe?

Every man a king. And it all came out of Arpnet, a system designed to let the military and higher education share data between nodes. You gotta laugh sometimes.

18 posted on 08/18/2006 8:25:49 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: Obadiah

Thanks.

Reuters and the other Islamofascist loving MSM organizations may have injected themselves with a fatal infection with the fauxtography and staged photos in Lebanon.

In the meantime, we can have a lot of fun at their expense and with humor destroy any faux credibility the MSM might have.


19 posted on 08/18/2006 8:27:02 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: abb

20 posted on 08/18/2006 8:29:57 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave
This is tragic because the Lebanese people did suffer in the last war and many experienced genuine, non-doctored bereavement and destruction.

Often as the direct result of allowing the Hezzbullies to store and fire missiles as Isreal from their own homes, in the hopes that Isreal wouldn't fire back. Idiots.

21 posted on 08/18/2006 8:30:13 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: 50sDad

Thanks for your reply and your excellent summary of the MSM Woes due to the internet.

"Enter the Internet, and the Old Ways have been blown to hell. In the truest expression of democracy, $25 for a site name buys you the biggest printingpress in the world (long as you pay the hosting fees.) And barring that, FR and other chat sites are potentially free (in the short run.) Like the Revolutionary era pamphleteers, we can once again stand in the village square and shout "That's not right!" The hallowed "fact-checking" function of the news reporter, long buryed under inches of bias-dust at the networks, has been taken over by the commoners.

"And boy, are the Gatekeepers p!$$ed. The "little people" out there in the flyover states have forgotten where they fit in the food chain, and are getting uppity. Don't they know that Hollywood and New York and all the flashy News-a-tainment people are supposed to tell them what to believe?"

"Every man a king. And it all came out of Arpnet, a system designed to let the military and higher education share data between nodes. You gotta laugh sometimes."

Before our revolution and during it, our ancestors gathered in the town squares, pubs, churches and meeting halls to discuss what the Revolutionary era pamphleteers had printed. Those printings, discussions and actions afterwards helped to make us a free country.

Now it is happening on the internet and Free Republic.


22 posted on 08/18/2006 8:33:16 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: george76
The days of MSM staging pr photos, combined with fauxtography for the MSM without questions re their validity are over.


23 posted on 08/18/2006 8:36:34 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave

Where's N.O. beer guy? ;<)


24 posted on 08/18/2006 8:38:21 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Anything spoken or written by Winston Churchill.)
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To: Grampa Dave

This is absolutely hilarious!


25 posted on 08/18/2006 8:38:22 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: abb
more aesthetic bias than political prejudice

B*llsh*t! If this were the case, the photo fakery would not have been so clearly biased AGAINST Israel. It is entirely political prejudice, whether on the part of the photographer or the editorial staff that frames/captions the photo and writes the story around it.

26 posted on 08/18/2006 8:39:25 AM PDT by Sicon
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To: 50sDad

The MSM's hatred of Israel and love affair of Islamofascists like the Hezzies has enabled the Hezzies to become powerful and dangerous.


27 posted on 08/18/2006 8:45:45 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Carl LaFong

I will have to add NO beer guy to my highly accurate photos taken in Lebanon from my easy chair.


28 posted on 08/18/2006 8:49:29 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: winner3000

Thanks.

The liars of the MSM make it so easy.


29 posted on 08/18/2006 8:50:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: abb

Great post! This headline would work, too:
"Photojournalism in Circus..."


30 posted on 08/18/2006 8:54:33 AM PDT by WestTexasWend (NO OIL FOR APPEASERS)
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To: Grampa Dave; pookie18

good work, pookie18 take note


31 posted on 08/18/2006 8:56:02 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: Carl LaFong; potlatch
Thanks to the creativity of Potlatch, this will be added to my accurate but fake photos of the war in Lebanon.


32 posted on 08/18/2006 9:01:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: bmwcyle

Thanks.

The tough part is deciding what not to use. There is so much great stuff out there and here on Free Republic.


33 posted on 08/18/2006 9:03:29 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: WestTexasWend

I haven't believed anything I have read or seen in the MSM since November 22, 1963. They have covered up the murder of JFK for going on forty years, nothing has changed.


34 posted on 08/18/2006 9:07:38 AM PDT by kjo
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To: abb; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
Media Schadenfreude PING.

A delicious Friday afternoon repast provided by E&P and Freeper abb.

Enjoy!

35 posted on 08/18/2006 9:38:20 AM PDT by an amused spectator (Hezbollah: Habitat for Humanity with an attitude)
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To: abb
Art Spiegelman (Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, for Maus about his parents' survival of the Holocaust, and former cartoon editor for the New Yorker) long ago (pre-2000) said that digital photography meant that photo journalism could no longer be trusted.

He was advocating the notion of the use of illustration/cartooning in some news reports (and had an interesting 2-page example, as well as a single page interview of Jerry Lewis conducted by Bill "Zippy the Pinhead" Griffith). They did a lot to make use of "cartooning" (which is not necessarily "funny") but did little to improve reporting. Just another way to convey information (although Will Eisner used the format to make military maintenance and saftey instruction not so drab and somewhat clearer).

Even before digital photography, there was nearly 100 years of photo manipulation going on. BUT it was harder to manipulate an image and still present an "original negative" that could easily be inspected by an editor.

I'd heard at one point in time that digital images were not admissible in court (but I doubt that is the case today).

36 posted on 08/18/2006 9:53:28 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Grampa Dave

37 posted on 08/18/2006 10:06:19 AM PDT by Alex1977
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To: Alex1977

Thanks.

The outing and fall from the famous of Blather by Buckhead et al and Free Republic was the beginning of the end for the lying MSM.


38 posted on 08/18/2006 10:07:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: abb
But the photojournalist standing on the crumbling ramparts of her
once proud citadel now sees the vandal army charging for the sack
led by “zombietime,” “The Jawa Report,” “Powerline,”
“Little Green Footballs,” “confederateyankee,” and many others.

In each case, these bloggers have engaged in the kind of probing,
contextual, fact-based (if occasionally speculative) media criticism
I have always asked of my students.


Poor guy still doesn't get it.
Thanks to the Internet (well, except for the part in Communist China),
the MSM workproduct is open for review by hundreds of retired spooks
who spent their careers making and spotting forgeries.

Thank you G-d that I've lived to see the MSM frauds exposed in
the light of day.
39 posted on 08/18/2006 10:09:29 AM PDT by VOA
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To: abb

A very well-written article. I only hope we can see more journalists, especially photojournalists, with the kind of ethics the author describes. Of course, that won't solve the problem of political bias, but we'll sure take progress where we can get it.


40 posted on 08/18/2006 10:18:19 AM PDT by TChris (Banning DDT wasn't about birds. It was about power.)
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To: abb

"I'm not sure, however, if the craft I love is being murdered, committing suicide, or both. "

Photojournalists committed suicide by whoring itself out to anti American and anti Israel propaganda outlets. They thought that we would just sit there and believe the pictures as proof of what was going on.

Believing what you see is no longer valid.

They are no more jounalists than I am.


41 posted on 08/18/2006 10:22:29 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("If you liked what Liberal Leadership did for Israel, you'll LOVE what it can do for America!")
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To: abb
But true as well is that local stringers and visiting anchors alike seem to have succumbed either to lens-enabled Stockholm syndrome or accepted being the uncredited Hezbollah staff photographer so as to be able to file stories and images in militia-controlled areas.

He skips around the core issue with this sentence. This isn't Stockholm Syndrome. IMO most of the photogs and editors involved here actively side with Hiz and the Palestinians over Israel. They are not upset that they were spreading propaganda, only that they got caught. Otherwise, they would be willing to air out the truth like this guy suggested.

42 posted on 08/18/2006 10:26:22 AM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: Grampa Dave

Is she related to Bagdad Bob? (remember him?) The similarity is eerie.


43 posted on 08/18/2006 10:48:03 AM PDT by bethtopaz (There will be peace in the Mideast when Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel. -Meir)
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To: abb
It does not help that certain news organizations have acted like government officials or corporate officers trying to squash a scandal. The visual historian in me revolts when an ABC producer informs me that Reuters “deleted all 920 images” by the stringer who produced the “Beirut double smoke” image and is “less than willing to talk about it.” Can you say “18-minute gap,” anyone?

LOL - The MSM is Nixon!!!

44 posted on 08/18/2006 11:01:26 AM PDT by GOPJ (Profiling isn't aimed at demonizing Muslims; it's aimed at saving lives, including Muslims. Stiletto)
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To: bethtopaz

A lot of us wonder is she is really a she.


45 posted on 08/18/2006 11:11:18 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: Grampa Dave

You never know - but then you know how the Mooslums feel about gays and transexuals -- they will be punished with the greatest of punishment, they say.


46 posted on 08/18/2006 12:16:43 PM PDT by bethtopaz (There will be peace in the Mideast when Arabs love their children more than they hate Israel. -Meir)
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To: abb
People have been faking photographs since the daguerreotype, but the lefties have gotten so brazen about it they've finally overplayed their hand
47 posted on 08/18/2006 12:21:49 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: abb
The stakes are high. Democracy is based on the premise that it is acceptable for people to believe that some politicians or news media are lying to them; democracy collapses when the public believes that everybody in government and the press is lying to them.
To the contrary, republican government is based on the premise that the median voter will be cautious enough, often enough, to keep republican government from being as bad as aristocratic government.
The wisest and most cautious of us all frequently gives credit to stories which he himself is afterwards both ashamed and astonished that he could possibly think of believing . . .

It is acquired wisdom and experience only that teach incredulity, and they very seldom teach it enough. - Adam Smith


48 posted on 08/18/2006 2:01:56 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Grampa Dave; abb
Thanks for the ping guys! Abb - add me to your ping list.

For future reference:

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]

49 posted on 08/18/2006 5:18:21 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Grampa Dave

Aww, glad you liked that Grampa Dave!!


50 posted on 08/18/2006 7:20:25 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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