Reuters faked photos

Here’s the original photo


Here is a doctored version put out by Reuters (which was quickly withdrawn)


How could anyone let this slip by. Whoever did it, clearly just used photoshop’s cloning or stamping tool and didn’t even clean it up with a blur. And why would anyone think they needed to “enhance” the original photo. The original clearly shows thick black smoke rising up from the city; what more could you want. I wonder whether the photographer was just fooling around with the photo and accidentally sent the doctored one in to Reuters, instead of the original. This is such a bad photoshopping job, it hardly seems likely someone was actually trying to get away with it.

Actually I just found this quote from someone who spoke to the photographer (hence the strikeout above):

According to Reuters spokeswoman Moira Whittle, Hajj denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image. He said he was trying to remove dust marks and made mistakes because of bad lighting conditions, she said Sunday.

Well, looks like 1) the photographer was just incompetent or b) was trying to lie his way out of the situation he got himself into. My money is on option 1b. He’s incompetent and he’s a liar.

Published in: on August 8, 2006 at 1:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jackie Mason defends Mel Gibson (video)

Jackie Mason is a Montreal favourite and he’s been here many times. I was lucky enough to meet him once, when he came into the CJAD studios. Here he is defending Mel Gibson, for Gibson’s drunken rant against jews.

(Thanks to Dvorak Uncensored, where I first saw this video)

Published in: on August 7, 2006 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wikipedia and Kenneth Lay

I originally blogged about this in the moments after Kenneth Lay’s death, that Wikipedia was almost immediately reporting his death. I think Jason Unger is right.

“Wikipedia is NOT a source for news”

Of course it’s not, but it’s often the place where journalists go for information, because it contains a wealth of information on just about everything, from obscure local references — to major breaking international news. But, as journalists, we must keep in mind, Wikipedia is only as reliable as its editors, and its editors are anyone who damn well wants to be an editor.

The people who post information to Wikipedia are not journalists. They are anonymous and while I would venture to say that most are honestly trying to create a useful online encyclopedia, there are others who, for whatever reason, have less noble motivations.

As journalists, we can use Wikipedia, but we must use it as a starting point for gathering further information. As the Kenneth Lay incident has shown us, we can not take what Wikipedia says as gospel. We all use it from time to time to check some fact or other — but we must remember that sometimes it’s better to be right and a little late with a story, than to be first .. with the wrong story.

Published in: on July 11, 2006 at 12:50 am  Leave a Comment  

Jason hits the bigtime on Boagworld podcast

Have you heard the latest Boagworld podcast, #42: Choosing the right design? I’m the guy asking the question about whether it’s ok to be “inspired” by other websites. Paul and Marcus essentially said it’s OK, to a point to get some inspiration — just don’t “copy.” Which is the answer I’d been hoping for. I realize afterwards that what I do a lot is get ideas from several sites at once — maybe a color scheme here, a cool javascript idea there and maybe a neat box or button from a third. I don’t copy those elements, but see how they could fit in with the site I’m creating. It was nice to hear from Paul that while he doesn’t actively seek out inspiration, he does find bits of other sites that could be used, in some form or another (not a copy), in his.

Finally, Paul’s advice was to get inspiration from things in the real world, signs and pictures and things — and that way you can never be accused of stealing someone else’s design.

If you’ve never heard of Boagworld and you’re a web designer or developer, then please go check out his blog and podcast.

PS: Marcus what’s my prize for being the “winning question of the year, so far.” Hey there’s a great idea guys, how about a weekly or monthly giveaway! I’d be honored to be the first.

Published in: on July 10, 2006 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment