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BUSTED: The Economist Photoshops Obama To Make Him Look More Depressed And Alone
The Business Insider ^ | 7-5-2010 | Henry Blodget

Posted on 07/05/2010 4:19:51 AM PDT by blam

BUSTED: The Economist Photoshops Obama To Make Him Look More Depressed And Alone

Henry Blodget
Jul. 5, 2010, 7:03 AM

It's just not quite the same for a president to be glancing down at the water while chatting with others on the beach as it is for the president to be solemn and depressed and alone while contemplating oil-soaked sand.

But the Economist didn't have a picture of the latter. So they made one:

Et tu, Economist?

Image: New York Times

The fraud was discovered by Jeremy Peters of the New York Times

And don't miss the 10 biggest Photoshop frauds of all time

[snip]

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economist; fakes; fauxtography; obama; photoshop
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1 posted on 07/05/2010 4:19:54 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Pravda strikes again!


2 posted on 07/05/2010 4:21:36 AM PDT by Allegra (My seventh chakra is oppressed.)
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To: blam

Damm,did I tell Reggie to get me sprinkles on my snow cone!


3 posted on 07/05/2010 4:21:37 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: blam

Sheeesh, the cover story was about OBOZO so the photo was cropped to show only OBOZO. Seems tame enough for me...


4 posted on 07/05/2010 4:22:17 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: blam

That is why pictures are less trust worthy thanks to photoshop.


5 posted on 07/05/2010 4:22:34 AM PDT by Biggirl (AZ Is DOING THE JOB The Feds Should Be Doing, ENFORCING The Southern Border! =^..^=)
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To: newfreep

It wasn’t just cropped, it was a simple photoshop job of replacing an indistinct background where the woman was standing.

I don’t have an issue with “fixing” photos this way for aesthetic reasons but its bad form for any kind of news magazine to do so.


6 posted on 07/05/2010 4:25:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Allegra

Speaking of pravda, time to go check the news.


7 posted on 07/05/2010 4:26:23 AM PDT by omega4179 (www.jdforsenate.com)
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To: Biggirl
Those who live on photoshop perish from photoshop.
8 posted on 07/05/2010 4:26:40 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow - Danny H (RIP))
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To: blam

Actually, I have it on good authority the New York Times photoshopped those other people IN.


9 posted on 07/05/2010 4:31:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: blam

I’d consider this more ‘op-ed’ than fraud. They’re obviously trying to send a message on what they think is happening to Obama, and this fake photo is a great summation of it. Kind of like a political cartoon.


10 posted on 07/05/2010 4:35:58 AM PDT by B.Lyle
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To: blam

This tool can be used without Photoshopping a thing.

Just use a photograph of a public figure showing an inappropriate emotion (jubilation) with an obituary or a story about increased unemployment.


11 posted on 07/05/2010 4:36:49 AM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: blam
I decided the picture of Obama with s fly on his lip didn't have enough flies, so I made one:


12 posted on 07/05/2010 4:38:15 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
I doubt Obama is capable of being depressed by the situation in the country. It is all about him, and he is having the time of his life.

Parties, travel and a little blow; unemployment might have doubled since I took office, but I still got game, what the heck it W's fault anyway, might as well enjoy myself!

13 posted on 07/05/2010 4:38:22 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: blam

The Times is throwing stones!?


14 posted on 07/05/2010 4:49:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: blam


In an uncommon, uncharacteristic, rare, infrequent moment of indecision, Great Leader is torn as to what club to use.
15 posted on 07/05/2010 4:49:24 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: blam


16 posted on 07/05/2010 5:03:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: blam

As a 20+year subscriber to the Economist, I can tell you that it is and has always been a leftish eurocentric publication. There’s value in reading the pieces but all has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Go beyond the superficial Economist take on issues and you’ll find an underlying tendency to bash Americans for the “can do” attitude that many of us retain. This mag doesn’t elevate - it equalibrates according to the sensitivities of the writers. I’m sure Mr. Churchill or Lady Margarete would agree.


17 posted on 07/05/2010 5:22:59 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: blam

Does anybody have access to the Elian Gonzalez photoshopped picture? The mag referenced only shows celebrities. I’m looking for the picture that Reuters published that removed the federal officer’s finger from the trigger and changed the expression on Elian Gonzalez’s face.


18 posted on 07/05/2010 5:29:20 AM PDT by LoveUSA (What are we waiting for?)
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To: newfreep

“Sheeesh, the cover story was about OBOZO so the photo was cropped to show only OBOZO. Seems tame enough for me...”

It’s not that they photocropped the photo. Innocent enough. But they photocropped the photo and changed the context. That’s unethical.


19 posted on 07/05/2010 5:46:05 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Conservatives are producers. Liberals are parasites)
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To: blam

The NYT is exactly right this time... Obama is not depressed and alone as a result of all these disasters he’s caused. In fact, he’s eating it up!


20 posted on 07/05/2010 5:50:00 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: cripplecreek

There was some deception involved, not just changing the aesthetics of the photo. In the real photo he was tilting his head down to better hear the shorter woman. The magazine cover gives the impression he is alone and sadly gazing at the water while deep in thought. That is a pretty dramatic emotional shift.


21 posted on 07/05/2010 5:51:02 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Lazamataz

“Actually, I have it on good authority the New York Times photoshopped those other people IN.”


Thanks! I had a good laugh.


22 posted on 07/05/2010 5:57:18 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Nachum

The list, ping?


23 posted on 07/05/2010 5:58:50 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: newfreep
Sheeesh, the cover story was about OBOZO so the photo was cropped to show only OBOZO. Seems tame enough for me...

Would you have been as tolerant if this was McCain (if he had won)...or if this was Bush looking over Katrina?

Let's not be hypocrites.

24 posted on 07/05/2010 6:01:16 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Allegra

Related ...

Reuters caught cropping incriminating flotilla photos
http://wizbangblog.com/content/2010/06/07/reuters-caught-cropping-incriminating-flotilla-photos.php
http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/06/reuters-brings-fauxtography-to-gaza.html
“You may remember during the second Lebanese war Reuters was caught making news pictures look worse than they were with a little touch of Photo Shop.”


25 posted on 07/05/2010 6:01:16 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: newfreep

I remember when I had satellite, I used to surf around and sometimes watch news stations play their little games. One time, a feed was a replay of Clinton talking about, “heheh” trying to rein in his baser instincts or something like that. Again and again, they replayed that snippet, each time washing out the damnable laugh more and more. It was creepy as sin.


26 posted on 07/05/2010 6:05:30 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: 4buttons

ROFL! Good one!

Obama: “We Will Not Rest ...” [golf club in hand]

Obama Plays Eighth Round of Golf Since Oil Spill—Media Fails to Report
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/pings
May 26, 2010 ... (Fox News) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he “will not rest” until the oil leaking from a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of [snip]

Obama: ‘Will Not Rest’ Until Oil Spill is Stopped [”Just words.”]
http://www.myfoxny.com/dpps/news/obama-will-not-rest-until-oil-spill-is-stopped-dpgonc-20100526-fc_7757796

The Economy Too ...

“Addressing reporters after a White House Cabinet meeting, President Obama says, ‘I will not rest until business are

investing again, and businesses are hiring again.’”
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/11/23/obama_i_will_not_rest_until_businesses_are_hiring.html


27 posted on 07/05/2010 6:10:04 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: 4buttons; Lazamataz

I think 4buttons decoded this one quite nicely [Post 14]


28 posted on 07/05/2010 6:12:06 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

Er ... post 15. [I believe codes can be unbreakable, especially when I’m the one trying to decode them.]


29 posted on 07/05/2010 6:13:02 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Obama: Being American is a matter of faith [the kind that hates bitter clinger Christians].)
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To: The Working Man
As an aside, where did the NYT get a photo with an Oil Rig that close to the shoreline? Maybe this is a photoshop of a photoshop?
30 posted on 07/05/2010 6:13:26 AM PDT by Woodman
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To: newfreep

It wasn’t cropped. Look at it again. The woman is photoshopped out completely.


31 posted on 07/05/2010 6:15:38 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: blam

Anything is an improvement over the halos.


32 posted on 07/05/2010 6:16:34 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: newfreep
The photo was cropped to tell a different story - to tell a lie. The lie being told is that Obama's alone and deeply concerned about the situation. The REAL photo doesn't tell that story. The photo was cropped to tell a lie.

Your comment lacked insight - was hopelessly superficial or was just an outright fabrication.

33 posted on 07/05/2010 6:18:00 AM PDT by GOPJ (There is nothing unexpected about the failure of socialism/communism.freeper pieceofthepuzzle)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

LOL...you know why his head was in a certain position?

It’s not just benign, it’s a notch below that.


34 posted on 07/05/2010 6:21:49 AM PDT by jra
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To: GOPJ

Wrong. The photo was changed to visually underscore the Obama vs. BP headline.

Lots of mind-readers on here today.

The woman’s presence in the photo was a visual distraction, and the ‘meaning’ of the photo in the context of the magazine’s cover is no different with OR without her.


35 posted on 07/05/2010 6:24:10 AM PDT by jra
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To: GOPJ
YIKES, guys!

Yes, the stalin media does lie & deceive in their news propaganda.

My point was the core story was OBOZO vs. BP - which the cropped photo showed. The other people were irrelvant although the image of OBOZO "contemplating alone" was inaccurate.

This is minscule compared to what MSNBC did to the black, Tea Party American carrying a gun at a TP rally, cropping out his skin and then reported the TP members are racists.

36 posted on 07/05/2010 6:25:09 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Biggirl
Funny, this didn't make the list?

Photobucket
37 posted on 07/05/2010 6:31:06 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: newfreep

Exactly, and even the header of this thread is an attempt to divine the intent of whoever edited the photo.

If anything, Obama looks contemplative and thoughtful—not depressed or alone.

Grow a pair, people.


38 posted on 07/05/2010 6:31:26 AM PDT by jra
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To: newfreep

OK - here’s an apology gift:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR6FDNNC8gI


39 posted on 07/05/2010 6:32:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (There is nothing unexpected about the failure of socialism/communism.freeper pieceofthepuzzle)
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To: Renderofveils
Nor did...
40 posted on 07/05/2010 6:33:05 AM PDT by jra
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To: GOPJ

Thanks - I accept your apology for the false accusation.


41 posted on 07/05/2010 6:34:43 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: GOPJ
Just face it...some people are just inept about body language and visual messaging. Look up aspergers...they can't even tell what a person is really thinking by looking at their facial expressions. They take every word a person says literally.

Give it up....if they don't have it from birth..they never will...it's part of your neurological makeup to be able to “read” visually or not.

42 posted on 07/05/2010 6:34:50 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Diogenesis

WOW! What a great cartoon. I am an artist and I can draw but a political cartoon (or any cartoon) is not about drawing, it is about an idea. I just don’t ever get ‘the idea’ for a political cartoon and I so admire those who do!


43 posted on 07/05/2010 6:39:29 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Also he may have been looking at the stuff laying on the beach. The photo-shopped cover is meant to make it look as if he is pondering the gravity of the disaster. Which he isn’t. They manipulated the photo to manipulate the public.


44 posted on 07/05/2010 6:45:28 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Ditter

A political cartoon is really a comentary put to drawing form. That is why it has to be done right or the message is lost.


45 posted on 07/05/2010 6:47:22 AM PDT by Biggirl (AZ Is DOING THE JOB The Feds Should Be Doing, ENFORCING The Southern Border! =^..^=)
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To: blam
I saw a demo on the most recent version of Photoshop. It is simply amazing how easily and quickly this can be accomplished.
46 posted on 07/05/2010 6:53:32 AM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
In the real photo he was tilting his head down to better hear the shorter woman.

Thanks for the clarification. I assumed that she was coaching Obama on his bow, training him for his next meeting with one of America's enemies.

47 posted on 07/05/2010 6:55:34 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Biggirl

I never see a political cartoon that I don’t get the message. I might not agree with the message but I always get it.


48 posted on 07/05/2010 7:09:55 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam

I wonder what that poor lady did to be “purged” as Obama’s people would say.

Perhaps she’ll be “rehabilitated” by President Palin in a few years.


49 posted on 07/05/2010 7:11:45 AM PDT by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
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To: blam
This is in direct violation of the National Press Photographers' Association code of ethics. The NPPA has this to say about the issue:

""As journalists we believe the guiding principle of our profession is accuracy; therefore, we believe it is wrong to alter the content of a photograph in any way that deceives the public.

As photojournalists, we have the responsibility to document society and to preserve its images as a matter of historical record. It is clear that the emerging electronic technologies provide new challenges to the integrity of photographic images ... in light of this, we the National Press Photographers Association, reaffirm the basis of our ethics: Accurate representation is the benchmark of our profession. We believe photojournalistic guidelines for fair and accurate reporting should be the criteria for judging what may be done electronically to a photograph. Altering the editorial content ... is a breach of the ethical standards recognized by the NPPA.""

Photoshopping, in this case, completely alters the message of the image in an attempt to deceive the public. In the original picture, he's leaning down to communicate with the woman, who happens to be shorter than he. There is no sign of depression, contemplation, or lonliness. In the photoshopped version, he is alone, perhaps saddened or in a contemplative posture. The background indicates the subject material of which he might be concerned.

The unethical alteration of the photo completely changes the meaning of the picture. It is now an editorial cartoon based on SOME of the content of a picture.

The original photographer should sue.

50 posted on 07/05/2010 7:22:04 AM PDT by meyer (Big government is the enemy of freedom.)
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