June 07, 2010

Jihadi Flotilla: Another Reuter's Photoshop?

Charles of LGF, of which I am banned from, noticed the cropping of photos by Reuter's which was taken from IHH website. Sadly, this would have aroused more curiosity, but didn't, you all know the story. I am not here to speak ill of him but give credit where credit is due.

Previously I posted images from a Turkish Newspaper which IHH released (IHH tied to terrorism). Apparently Reuters felt the need to crop the photo to remove knife. They cropped another photo to delete knife, pool of blood & another injured Israeli soldier.

Al Reuter's, terrorist favorite friend....

The reason I found this, I was reading comments at NYTimes regarding my previous post: U.S. Intelligence Analyst Arrested In WikiLeaks Video Probe (Bumped - Updated: WikiLeaks: If True Manning Is A National Hero) .

The comment and answer:

Dear Mr. Mackey,

I tried to find a way to contact you directly but have not found an email address so I thought this was the best way. First off, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read and respond to the comments I have left on your blog in recent days. I also wanted to let you know that since our last exchange regarding the Gaza flotilla, the IHH has released many photos taken by people on board the Mavi Marmara. The photos certainly clarify the situation, showing Israeli soldiers beaten, bleeding and lying on the ground, as well as protestors holding knives. I think a blog post about them is warranted, considering the lack of information that you have decried previously. What also might be warranted would be a mention of the fact that Reuters has been cropping the photos to remove the knives and pools of blood they show. (This was broken by blogger Charles Johnson of littlegreenfootballs.com, the same guy that exposed Reuters photoshopping of photos from the war with Lebanon in 2006.) Thanks again.

Answer:

Thanks for the suggestion, as it happens I am working on a post to draw attention to these photographs, which were discussed on an Israeli blog I read over the weekend. I'd add one caveat to the suggestion made by the blogger you point to, who suggests that Reuters intentionally cropped the image to exclude a knife. Professional photo editors make decisions for lots of reasons about how to present images; very few of them in my experience are as politically-motivated as some people outside the news business seem to assume.
Dear Mr Mackey

You used a misleading headline & misleading image in your story regarding WikiLeaks. Why did you feel the need to omit Intel Analyst in your headline? Why did you use a misleading image? Are you not "politically motivated"?

By Stable Hand at 01:28 PM | Comments |