The photoshopping isn't "buying" them anything per se.
But this is the liberal media we're talking about. I'm honestly surprised we don't see photoshoppery on other topics as well, not just from lebanon.
I'd go so far as to say that the editors at reuters noticed this as well, and didn't care. They want this type of crap getting published, look at all of their pro-hezbollah articles. The entire media is infested and saturated with it.
It's like a bad episode of the matrix.
We have... and it's most likely that inumerable images have been radically altered on ALL topics... if not flat-out 'created'. It's amazing what a trained, retoucher can do in Photoshop... in high-end advertising, you can earn a good living at it.