From Reuters today:
It established on Monday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.
They have an odd way of pulling photos, since all of Hajj’s photos are still available on the wire. They also react very slowly to the revelation that one of their photos is a fake.
Here is second fake photo, still up with no admission of the photoshopping and no correction of the caption. [I have a screen cap from today at 1:50 pm EST, in case they finally do something about it.]
The caption reads: “An Israeli F-16 warplane fires missiles during an air strike on Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon, August 2, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)” Not only did Hajj photoshop in several of the “missles,” he (or whoever wrote the caption) mistook flares as missles.
Yet this photo, which lead Reuters to pull down all of Hajj’s photos, has not had a warning for editors added or a correction issued to the caption.
This leads me to question how concerned Reuters is with giving an appearance of fair coverage. It appears they simply want this to blow away, so they can go back to status quo.
Ace nailed it, even before all of this blew up:
The American media is setting itself up for a massive scandal. One day, it will in fact come out that they are guilty of willful blindness and a deliberate avoidance of asking their stringers tough questions to maintain their own plausible deniability.
And they’ll have to answer some hard questions, such as, “If you’re so vigilant against being ‘used’ by the American government for its ‘propaganda,’ why are you so blithely nonchalant about being worse-used by America’s enemies?”
The American media seems to be an employing a possible Army of Steven Glasses, and yet they’re more than willing to pretend they don’t know what’s going on so long as those suspiciously-dramatic front-page pictures keep coming back from the foreign stringers.
Of course, why should Reuters or any other news outlet be concerned that MSM photographers are actively working to portray Israel in a negative light? The pictures are fantastic and there’s just too much anti-semitic Mel Gibson news to report.
UPDATE: Reuters finally found time to take down the second photo, but instead of posting a correction with the original photo so far they have simply removed it as if it never existed.