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August 06, 2006

Another doctored photograph from Beirut?

You've probably read by now that Reuters has pulled back a photograph it published of Beirut, because the photograph was rather obviously photoshopped to show more smoke from an Israeli bombing run than actually was there. If not, you can follow the story at Little Green Footballs, Hot Air, The Jawa Report, Michelle Malkin, and a bunch of other blogs, many of which are linked at the ones I've listed. And here's the excuse from the photographer, from LGF: "'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."

Hey, I work in bad lighting conditions, too! I'm submitting the following photo to Reuters to show the damage from an Israeli bomb that hit a Hizbollah mosque south of Beirut. It's real. I swear!

UPDATE (8/7): Holy Moses! "Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah." (via Free Republic)

UPDATE (8/8): I've discovered yet another doctored photo.

UPDATE (8/9): The Lebanese wailing woman?