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Can You Believe Everything That The Press Tells You; Shows You?

July 5, 2010

I hope your answer was no.

The media has an agenda and they are going to make certain that the message that they want to get through, gets through.  The words that they say and the pictures that they show you are to accentuate their message, not necessarily to tell you the truth.

Doctoring of the truth happened with Reuters and the Israeli commando raid on the flotilla and now it has happened with the Economist and the BP Oil spill.

From the New York Times.

It was the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president.

There was President Obama on the cover of the June 19 issue of The Economist, standing alone on a Louisiana beach, head down, looking forlornly at the ground.

The problem was, he was not actually alone. The photograph was just edited to make it look that way.

The unaltered image, shot on May 28 by a Reuters photographer, Larry Downing, shows Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard and Charlotte Randolph, a local parish president, standing alongside the president. But in the image that appeared on The Economist’s cover, Admiral Allen and Ms. Randolph had been scrubbed out, replaced by the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Economist responds.

I asked for Ms. Randolph [and Thad Allen] to be removed because I wanted readers to focus on Mr. Obama, not because I wanted to make him look isolated.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010 5:27 pm

    Caught red-handed, ha ha. But here is a photograph that was not doctored – it’s a true oil-spill beach scene, hard to believe:

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