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Old 08-07-2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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When the Media Lies and Takes Sides.

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/ea..._id=1002950988

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NEW YORK Reuters admitted Sunday that it had published a doctored photograph of Beirut after an Israel strike on Saturday morning, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported. It said that it has fired Adnan Hajj, the Lebanese photographer who submitted the image.

On Monday, it added further charges, saying he had manipulated at least one other photo -- and that all of his recent pictures had been deleted from the news agency's data base.

Reuters also said today it had put in place a tighter editing procedure for images of the Middle East conflict to ensure that no photograph from the region would be transmitted to subscribers without review by the most senior editor on the Reuters Global Pictures Desk, according to a Reuters spokeswoman.

“There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image," said Tom Szlukovenyi, Reuters Global Picture Editor, in a statement. "Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy."

He added that the fact that Hajj had altered two of his photographs meant none of his work for Reuters could be trusted either by the news service or its users.

It all started with just one contested image, brought to light by bloggers: In the original picture, thin smoke can be seen rising over Beirut after a recent Israeli air strike; in the published photograph, thick, black smoke billows. "The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters, on Sunday.

"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

On Sunday, Reuters removed the retouched shot and replaced it with the original. The next day, it reported finding the other altered image.

Its Monday statement, after describing the flap over the first image, reads: "An immediate enquiry began into Hajj’s other work. It found on Monday that a second photograph, of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three."
So is the enemy paying the media to make Israel look bad and have the rest of the world get on there case or is it just one bad reporter/photographer?
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I think it's probably saying too much that the media is getting paid to make Israel look bad or whatever. This guy was up to no good by doctoring his pix, and there are probably others who are willing to do this. As long as we have highly charged events like this going on this kind of thing is going to happen.
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The news media is incredibly liberal. Not too suprised.
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Care to back that statement up?
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The news media is incredibly liberal. Not too suprised.
Conservative BS rhetoric...

Conservatives enjoy making up stories about big ugly monsters to strike fear and rally the troops.
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The news media is incredibly liberal. Not too suprised.
My local paper is run by members of a noted fundamentalist church. It's about as liberal as the John Birch Society. The New York Times may be liberal, but other media outlets are less so.
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Well you can't say that some media outlets are truely far Left wing liberal.
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I find that the dismissal of liberal bias in the media is often followed by accusations of conservative bias for Fox News or Drudge Report.

Manipulated pictures are no problem if the image fits the political framework within one operates.
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It was a truly terrible Photoshop job. If you're going to doctor a photo, at least make it look real.

And stop this stupid "liberal media" bullshit. It has nothing to do at all with this issue, as the real blame belongs to the photographer. Reuters, obviously, fired him once they found out.

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It was ONE photographer, not a whole news organization, which promptly has gotten rid of the guy. It doesn't have to do with media bias, it's just one stupid guy.
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ADNAN HAJJ / February 6, 2006
A Lebanese protester chanted slogans inside
the torched Danish Embassy in Beirut yesterday.


maybe in Feb
he was working for the right-wing media?
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Well according to Reuters they are pulling 920 photos by this same person.
http://reuters.myway.com/article/200...EUTERS-DC.html
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i don't see much difference in these two pictures
it is the descriptions in the articles
I find hard to digest

yes they pulled the pictures
that is what any responsible agency would do.

my guess is that he gets paid by the published pictures
so he helped them a bit

This happens from time to time
and when the perpetrator is caught
he gets dealt with immediately

They darkened OJ's face to make him look more black
Most magazine images are enhanced

it is the newspapers that seem to take the harder line with manipulation

and that is a good thing
there is no evidence or suggestion of any newspaper encouraging or even condoning this guy's tactics

so give us something more than just hot air about media lies / take sides
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i don't see much difference in these two pictures
I see the really bad Photoshop job in photo #1. Looks like he hasn't mastered proper use of the clone tool, because there's an obvious pattern...heh. Frankly, I don't know why he didn't just color correct photo #2 and go on his way.

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Well according to Reuters they are pulling 920 photos by this same person.
http://reuters.myway.com/article/200...EUTERS-DC.html
Reuters has stated that they are pulling all of his work, since they can't verify everything he's submitted. However, they have also stated that there's no evidence that the vast majority of those 920 photos were altered.

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