Gerald over at The Cafeteria is Closed has an interesting posting about Reuters allowing the publication of a photograph that really was amateurishly "cloned" in Photoshop to "enhance" the amount of smoke from an Israeli attack. Not surprisingly, the photographer was Lebanese.
This is not the only questionable photojournalism to come out of Lebanon. We have seen recently in the news the photo of a man holding a child, presumably killed or injured by Israeli rockets. Now there are stories that this was a staged photograph. Question is, are Reuters and the Associated Press unknowing dupes or are their photographers in on the game, whether to support one pilitical side or simply to have "the shot" that gets them acclaim as a news photographer?
This is not the first time Reuters has been found getting a little too liberal - pun intended - with their photojournalism. In September 2005, they published a picture of President George W. Bush jotting a note regarding the need for a bathroom break, resulting in accusations of Photoshop enhancement.
On the other hand, one look at Mel Gibson's mug shot and you can see what a consummate actor does when the camera is on him - despite early morning drunkenness, he hit his mark, with the right tilt of the head and slight smile. Nick Nolte, however, could have benefitted from a little Photoshop.