Reuters’ “correction,” reported by Ynet.news, leaves some unanswered questions. Who altered the photo: the photographer or an editor?
The photographer has been suspended pending an investigation. They better be combing his copious archive. How many more skillfully executed fakes might he be responsible for–or other more “talented” Reuters photo-manipulators, for that matter?
You know, I am reminded of the indignant attitude of MSM photography editors sneering at bloggers raising questions about their work. Remember this:
The AP said information from its photo editors showed the events were not staged, and that the time stamps could be misleading for several reasons, including that web sites can use such stamps to show when pictures are posted, not taken. An AFP executive said he was stunned to be questioned about it. Reuters, in a statement, said it categorically rejects any such suggestion.
“It’s hard to imagine how someone sitting in an air-conditioned office or broadcast studio many thousands of miles from the scene can decide what occurred on the ground with any degree of accuracy,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.
Carroll said in addition to personally speaking with photo editors, “I also know from 30 years of experience in this business that you can’t get competitive journalists to participate in the kind of (staging) experience that is being described.”