A conservative group connected to Colorado’s Secretary of State has been sending political mailers — including a picture of a darker-skinned woman whose face was digitally removed and replaced with a white woman’s face — in an attempt to oppose a landmark voting bill that may soon become law.
Colorado is currently considering a major piece of legislation to improve the state’s voting laws by implementing Election Day Registration, automatically sending mail ballots to every voter, and creating a real-time voter database to detect and prevent fraud. It passed the House last week and will now be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a frequent speaker at True The Vote events who uses his perch to warn about the supposed threat of voter fraud, is leading opposition to the bill, which is supported by a number of Republican County Clerks and the Colorado County Clerks Association.
Now, a dark money group named the “Citizens for Free and Fair Elections”, which lists its address as that of Gessler’s former firm, the Hackstaff Law Group, is sending out photoshopped mailers in an attempt to pressure the election clerks into switching their position.
Here is the mailer:
The mailer’s background was taken from the following Getty Images photo:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office sent a photo of female lawmakers to press Thursday to commemorate a huge moment for the Democratic Party: The first time its House of Representatives caucus didn’t have a majority of white men.
Unfortunately, four members were late to the photo shoot.
‘Please note this version has the four Members who were late photo-shopped in,’ Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill wrote in an email to news outlets Thursday evening. In a subsequent email to Poynter, Hammill confirmed that the four latecomers were placed in the rear of the group.
Here’s the Associated Press version of the photo:
And here’s the photo Pelosi’s office released:
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ZOMG ITZ A FAUXTOGRAPHY FAUXTRAGE!1!1TY
Here’s a fascinating video in which Italian photographer Ruben Salvadori demonstrates how dishonest many conflict photographs are. Salvadori spent a significant amount of time in East Jerusalem, studying the role photojournalists play in what the world sees. By turning his camera on the photographers themselves, he shows how photojournalists often influence the events they’re supposed to document objectively, and how photographers are often pushed to seek and create drama even in situations that lack it.
Reuters published the above image as an Editor’s Choice photo yesterday, and almost immediately readers began leaving comments questioning whether the photograph was Photoshopped. The debate soon spread to other websites, including Reddit, and it appears that the photographs has since been taken down (though it can still be seen in its original slideshow from last week).
In this Oct. 29, 2000 file photo, a Palestinian stone thrower faces an Israeli tank during clashes at the Karni crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, on the outskirts of Gaza City. The Palestinians will be able to make a strong case when they ask the United Nations next week to recognize an independent Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel occupied in 1967. AP Photo.
The Daylife photo feed is blitzing the bolded caption on to every photo coming out of the Mideast news feed, including this classic staged, perspective-skewed photo from 10 years ago.
Oh wait, the news feed has changed the captioning. Look at this heart rending photo:
A Palestinian boys drinks water from a public tap at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) headquarters in the southern Gaza Strip Rafah refugee camp on September 18, 2011. The Islamist Hamas movement said the United Nations should recognise a Palestinian state on all of historical Palestine, including land that is now Israel, just a few days before Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas submits a request to the world body for membership of a Palestinian state on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War. Getty Images.
A Palestinian state existed on lines that existed before the 1967 war? Then it was occupied by Egypt and Jordan!—VB
You can’t make this stuff up, and you can’t exactly get away with it either:
Fox’s MasterChef cooked up a hilarious blunder by doctoring a scene that shows hordes of people trying out for the show.click through to see the photo and full story.
In the opening sequence of Gordon Ramsay’s latest cooking competition, there’s an American Idol-style shot of an excited crowd waiting to audition. The voiceover claims “thousands upon thousands lined up” to try out for the show’s second season.
Except if you look closely, producers replicated portions of the crowd to make the group appear larger than it really was. Here’s a screen shot and an exclusive response from the producers, below. Notice the circled areas show the same clusters of people used twice (including a very obvious woman in a bright orange hoodie)
Fox admits that the photo was “enhanced” in post-production.
Dean Wright, Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards for Reuters, is leaving the company. Wright’s profile on the Reuters website reads:
#f3f3f3;">#f3f3f3;”>In his final “regular” column for Reuters (six months after his last column),Wright writes:
He leads the process of reviewing, establishing and encouraging adherence to standards in Thomson Reuters journalism and works with editors to promote innovation. He writes a regular column and works with Editor in Chief David Schlesinger in maintaining the editorial relationship with the Reuters trustees and upholding and promoting the Reuters Trust Principles
After six of the most rewarding years in my career, this is my final week at Reuters as global editor for ethics and standards. In this role, it’s been my job to make sure Reuters journalists have the guidance, tools and oversight to help them practice journalism in a way that is consistent with the highest ethics and standards […]
#f3f3f3;">#f3f3f3;”>“Occasional inconsistencies”? Our 500+ posts over the last 19 months documenting systematic bias, the liberal use of propaganda, deep dishonesty, and outright racism demonstrated by Reuters correspondents reporting on the Middle East conflict puts lie to any notion that journalism is being practiced “consistent with the highest ethics and standards”. Although Reuters does provide its staff with guidance and tools to comply with ethical journalism standards, in the form of the much-vaunted Thomson Reuters Trust Principles and Handbook of Journalism, the oversight function Wright refers to has clearly and utterly failed.We also heard from people who pointed out occasional inconsistencies between the handbook guidance and the way we actually reported stories. And that’s great–because we believe in transparency.
If Reuters believes in transparency, why doesn’t the agency always correct errors openly, as promised by The 10 Absolutes of Reuters Journalism? Why didn’t the agency formally acknowledge and apologize to readers for the publication of doctored photographs in violation of its commitment to “never alter a still or moving image beyond the requirements of normal image enhancement”? Why does Reuters regularly publish pieces that clearly fall into the category of op-eds while refusing to identify them as such?
#f3f3f3;">#f3f3f3;”>Interesting that Wright should point specifically to claims of bias in Reuters Middle East reporting. There are hundreds of other military conflicts and political contests ongoing in the world with partisan and passionate observers. Why, we wonder, do Wright and Reuters feel the heat so intensely in this area of reporting? Could it be in fact, that Reuters journalists writing on the Middle East consistently fail to put aside their own viewpoints and report a story fairly and completely?Not all interactions have been so pleasant. Partisans on all sides of Middle East issues are particularly prone to alleging bias in our reporting—and I’ve long since lost hope of convincing them#f3f3f3;">#f3f3f3;”> that journalists can indeed put aside their own viewpoints and even ethnic backgrounds and report a story fairly and completely. That’s what our journalists do every day.
Not according to Wright:
#f3f3f3;">#f3f3f3;”>Which only goes to show that denial is not just a river in Egypt.And judging from my contacts with the Reuters journalists who do the hard work of daily journalism, they’re less cynical and more idealistic than ever. So many have told me that they see themselves as evangelists of truth, of independent reporting and the free flow of information. For most, this is much more than a job. They believe, as do I, that the world would be a poorer, meaner place without their efforts.
Chinese Central Television tries to pass off clips from Top Gun as video of a Chinese Air Force training exercise.
“There’s no word yet on whether or not the Chinese fighter pilots engaged in any beach volleyball after the exercises.”