Newspapers and Web sites around the country recently made a serious mistake. They ran an altered photograph of an Iranian missile launch. According to the Photo District News Web site:
“The problematic image was distributed by Agence France Presse, which said it obtained the photo from Sepah News, the house organ of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Video footage shot from the same angle and a second photo that is nearly identical show just three missiles, not four. AFP issued a correction Thursday saying, “The 2nd Right missile has apparently been added in digital retouch to cover a grounded missile that may have failed during the test.”
News organizations forced to make corrections include the Los Angeles Times, Boston Gobe and the Chicago Tribune.
It was the blog Little Green Footballs that’s getting the credit for cacthing the deception. Many photo editors intervied for the article feel they should have caught the manipulation before publication. Others believe they should have done a better job of sourcing the photos since some did not indicate that the picture came directly from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.