You can work hard not to succumb to feeling completely cynical, discouraged, and manipulated by the government, the media, and the military…and then something like this happens and throws it all right out the window.
(Read while listening to this.)
The Associated Press retracted two government-issued photographs last night after a photographer in Texas alerted the agency that the photos in question appeared to be doctored.
Bob Owen, chief photographer of the San Antonio Express-News, notified the AP that the photos of two deceased soldiers, who died in Iraq on Sept. 14, were nearly identical. Upon examining the photos, Owens noticed that everything except for the soldier’s face, name, and rank was the same. The most glaring similarity, Owen told CJR, was that the camouflage patterns of the two uniforms were “perfectly identical.”
After inspecting the photographs, the AP confirmed that the images were, indeed, Photoshopped, and issued eliminations on the two photos.
No matter what truths we think, hope, and wish we were being told, we eventually realize how continually we are being lied to.