Faked Reuters photos — open thread

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By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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Comment away on the Reuters decision to withdraw all photographs by a Lebanese freelancer because he doctored his photographs to make Israeli bombing damage appear worse than it actually was -- and the role the right-wing blogosphere played in this decision. I confess to actual shock -- I thought this kind of thing only happened when O.J. Simpson was arrested. Two more serious thoughts: 1) Is this the tip of the iceberg or merely an isolated incident? If the former, how much misperception does such photo doctoring create about the current conflict? 2) To what extent will examples like this cause supporters of Israel to discount all mainstream media accounts of the damage in Lebanon.

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Comment away on the Reuters decision to withdraw all photographs by a Lebanese freelancer because he doctored his photographs to make Israeli bombing damage appear worse than it actually was — and the role the right-wing blogosphere played in this decision. I confess to actual shock — I thought this kind of thing only happened when O.J. Simpson was arrested. Two more serious thoughts:

1) Is this the tip of the iceberg or merely an isolated incident? If the former, how much misperception does such photo doctoring create about the current conflict? 2) To what extent will examples like this cause supporters of Israel to discount all mainstream media accounts of the damage in Lebanon.

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is the co-director of the Russia and Eurasia Program. Twitter: @dandrezner

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