Reuters Caught Distributing Photos Doctored to Besmirch Israel

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on August 16, 2006

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-Read the excerpt below from a CyberAlert post at on Aug. 8th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

After being caught by a blogger, Reuters on Sunday was forced to admit it had distributed a doctored photo (very obviously so), of the results of an Israeli strike on a Beirut suburb, taken by freelance photographer Adnan Hajj who the London-based news service dropped in the wake of the embarrassing revelation. Then on Monday, Reuters conceded at least one more picture had been manipulated by Hajj — to show three missiles, instead of the actual one flare, from an Israeli jet — and the news service removed all 920 photos from Hajj in its photo database… read more here

For the original report about Reuters, including all photos, go to


1.  Do you believe the photographer’s explanation that he used Photo Shop to clean a smudge off the picture?  Explain your answer.

2.  Do you think that Reuters knew the photo was doctored but allowed it to run anyway?  Explain your answer.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.


1.  and 2.  Opinion questions.  Answers vary.