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Bush Book Upside Down
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Posted on 09/27/2002 1:14:55 PM PDT by Gumlegs

Haev you gotten this one in your e-mail?

Origins: We don't yet know the provenance of this photo, such as where and when it was taken. It's a funny picture, but even if were real, it would still be just a funny picture. If it weren't a manipulated image, it could have come about because an aide handed the book to President Bush for a quick schoolroom photo opportunity, the President didn't immediately notice it was upside-down because he was looking at the student to his right, and a photographer managed to snap a picture before the error was corrected. It might also be possible (but hard to determine from this image) that the books President Bush and the student were holding had removable dust jacket-type covers, but the cover of the President's copy had been put on backwards, so it looked as if he were holding the book upside-down even though he really wasn't.

The photo does show some tell-tale signs of digital editing, so the real explanation is that someone took an existing picture and flipped the image of the book in President Bush's hands. Note, for example, that the picture on the back of the book in the student's hands and the one on the back of the book President Bush is holding are the reverse of each other, a dead giveaway that the photo was manipulated:

Incidentally, the book shown in this photograph is America: A Patriotic Primer, by Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice-President Dick Cheney. The photo to the above right, a picture of Mrs. Cheney with the children of naval personnel, is the one that appears on the back cover of the book. (Note the correct orientation: the child holding an American flag should appear on the left-hand side of the photo, not the right-hand side as shown in the doctored image of the book President Bush is holding.)

Last updated: 24 September 2002


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: fakedphotos; urbanlegends
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To: VRWC_minion
The left wishes that they had as good a photo editor as Registered (who also exhibits more wit in his alterations).
21 posted on 09/27/2002 2:03:05 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Gumlegs
Yep.

'Simply Add Boiling Water'

22 posted on 09/27/2002 2:11:02 PM PDT by weegee
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23 posted on 09/27/2002 4:39:27 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: Gumlegs
Wow - for once, I get the debunking before I get the thing itself. Now I'm primed and ready - thanks Gummy! ;)
24 posted on 09/27/2002 9:36:30 PM PDT by general_re
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To: general_re
As the Godfather-General of bloggers, Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit.com has observed of the relationship of webloggers and the old media: We can fact-check your ass.
25 posted on 09/28/2002 9:22:25 AM PDT by Gumlegs
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