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Masters of the Obvious

Maria Aspan, of the New York Times, in her article Ease of digital photo alteration adds a hurdle for news outlets today, writes:

The recent discovery that a Lebanese freelance photographer, Adnan Hajj, had manipulated pictures he took for Reuters has raised questions about the standards of photojournalism at a time of widespread digital photography.


Unlike other reports, Maria doesn't try to claim that Adnan's alterations were inadvertent, but rather comes out full-force, saying that Adnan "used a computer program like Adobe Photoshop to darken and duplicate the smoke from an Israeli air strike on Beirut and to add extra dropped flares from an Israeli jet." That's fairly unequivocal, Maria! Well done!

Kudos to Charles Johnson of LGF for a mention. And Maria, we understand that digital photos are easier to manipulate. It might have made for a more interesting article, had you asked why a photographer would've made a change like that...

  Israel/Lebanon War 2006

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