iMediaEthics has written dozens of stories this year about fake or doctored photos in the media, the use of Photoshop, and misleading images. Just below, find ten of the more interesting photo fakery cases that we reported in 2010.
10. West Virginia Newspaper Photoshops 3 Politicians out of Front-Page Photo
In this May story, iMediaEthics reported about West Virginia newspaper, the Dominion Post, which Photoshopped out three politicians from its front-page photo (original photo on the left, fake photo published by newspaper on the right). The newspaper reportedly explained its Photoshopping as part of a policy that prohibited the publication of photos of political candidates. See the whole story here.
9. Fake photo of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban exposed by Birmingham newspaper
This August story reported how the Birmingham News uncovered a fake photo of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban. The original photo (on the right) pictured Saban and his wife. The Photoshopped version showed Saban with political candidate Dorothy Davidson. See the full story here.
8. Largest-circulating Egyptian newspaper defends fake photo
Al-Ahram, the largest circulation Egyptian newspaper, defended its decision to Photoshop the above image. The original photo (top) picture the political leaders in their accurate walking positions. Al-Ahram edited the photo (below) to put Egypt’s president in the front of the other leaders. See full story here.
7. Lance Armstrong’s real T-shirt doesn’t curse, Outside Magazine uses Photoshop
Outside magazine Photoshopped the above image of athlete Lance Armstrong. Armstrong’s real T-shirt didn’t curse, although Outside edited the image to show his shirt reading “Big F****** Deal.” Armstrong was not pleased. See the complete report here.
6. Bloggers Discovered BP Doctored 3 Photos
In this July story, iMediaEthics reported how bloggers discovered fake photos published by BP following this year’s oil spill. See above red circles where editing is visible. Or, check out the full iMediaEthics story here.
5. British political campaigns staged photos : Actors portray police, doctor, nurse
iMediaEthics reported in May when British political campaigns used staged photos. The Liberal Democrat candidates used actors to portray nurses and police officers. See complete story here.
4. Fake photo of alligator found in marijuana raid published by Metro Times
In this September story, iMediaEthics reported how a Michigan newspaper admitted publishing a fake photo of an alligator found during a marijuana raid. See complete story here.
3. Reuters called out for editing two photos of attack on Mavi Marmara
2. The Economist Photoshops Obama Cover Photo
1. TIME Posts Twitter Photo with its 2010 NYC Storm Blog; Photo’s Really from 1976
In September, a Time magazine blogger was duped by a photo posted on Twitter of a tornado. A Twitter user posted the above photo from 1976 as a joke, and Time published it as if it were a real image of storms that hit New York this fall. See the whole story here.