Seeing is believing? Not if it’s from Reuters.

(And they say bloggers are inconsequential.)  

From FoxNews (I wonder when the Gray Lady will pick up the story.  Ha!):  

The British-based Reuters news agency has been stung for the second time by charges that it edited politically sensitive photos in a way that casts Israel in a bad light. But this time Reuters claims it wasn’t at fault.  

 

Riiiiight.  Sounds like a defense from Clue: no, really, Sir, I did not hold the bloody knife!  

The news agency reacted to questions raised by an American blogger who showed that Reuters’ photo service edited out knives and blood traces from pictures taken aboard the activist ship Mavi Marmara during a clash with Israeli commandos last week. Nine people were killed and scores were injured in the clash.  

Reuter’s:  

When we realized that a dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images, Reuters immediately moved the original set as well.  

 

Part of me wonders if Reuters would have “realized” the dagger had been “inadvertently cropped” if a blogger hadn’t brought the instance to attention.  

Probably not, especially since it’s obviously de rigueur behavior:  

This is the second time Reuters has been accused of manipulating photos. In 2006 a Reuters photographer, Adnan Hajj, doctored several photos of the destruction caused by Israel’s bombing of Beirut. In one he added smoke to a panoramic picture of South Beirut to make the damage look more severe than it was. In a second photo, he showed a woman whose home had supposedly been destroyed in the same raid, but an investigation revealed that the woman’s house had been destroyed prior to the Israeli strike.    

Slightly ironic that the photos in question all concern Israel, ain’t it?  If you have a faux-cause to push and need doctored photos to do it, Reuters has it covered.

The original. Note the knife in the lower right corner.

  

The Reuters "edited" copy. I guess they wanted us to think the IDF soldier blodied his own groin. With his fingernail or something. It's not as if those "peace activists" were armed.

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