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IRAN: Doctored missile image?

The New York Times is reporting today on its The Lede: Notes on the News blog that a photograph released by Agence France-Presse (AFP) of the Iranian missile launch Wednesday showed one too many missiles. This image was used on the front page of several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The Palm Beach Post and Chicago Tribune. The New York Times used the image on the homepage of their Web site.

From The Lede:

Agence France-Presse said that it obtained the image from the Web site of Sepah News, the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on Wednesday. But there was no sign of it there later in the day. Today, The Associated Press distributed what appeared to be a nearly identical photo from the same source, but without the fourth missile.

AFP sent this note on the photos:

ATTN EDITORS - CORRECTIVE REFILE ADDING INFORMATION ABOUT DIGITAL ALTERATION TO IMAGE:A handout picture released on the news website and public relations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Sepah News, shows an image apparently digitally altered to show four missiles  rising into the air instead of three during a test-firing at an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert on July 9, 2008. The 2nd Right missile  has apparently been added in digital retouch to cover a grounded missile that may have failed during the test.


In the photograph above, released on the online service of the Iranian daily Jamejam today, three missiles rise into the air as a fourth remains on the ground during a test at an undisclosed location in the Iranian desert Wednesday. An apparently altered version of this image was released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards news website, Sepah News, on Wednesday, which shows a fourth missile in mid-launch in place of the missile on the ground. (AFP / Getty Images)


The photograph above, released on the news website and public relations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Sepah News, has been apparently digitally altered to show four missiles rising into the air, instead of three, during a test-firing Wednesday in Iran. The third missile from the left has apparently been added to cover up the missile on the ground that may have failed during the test. Numerous news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, published this image. (Iranian Revolutionary Guards)

--Patrice Roe, Los Angeles

Comments () | Archives (35)

We should march in there with our Photoshop cloned armies who, for some reason, look like the guys in "Saving Private Ryan".

This is frightening - they truly have the power to wipe/airbrush Israel off the face of the Earth.

Now, can they do something about that stupid goat scruff that Ahmadinejad calls a beard?

Those pesky Iranian photoshop dudes. They need to brush up on their clone tool skills!

Would have been nice if you credit the guys who spotted it first actually it was me.

But nice to see the news going around the world. haha

Maybe it's time to show Aquavelvajihad how how a missle is supposed to work.

If you look, the ground is different too. There's a dirt mound close to the fence in the doctored photo that's not in the original photo. Different place? Different time?

Luckily, the US & Israel have been secretly working for years on a Photo Shop Missile Defense Shield.

check my blog for a quick analysis of the photo which proves conclusively they added a missile.

That is very stupid. Reminiscent of Saddam Hussein. For a country that hate(d) Iraq, they are acting just like them now.

Spend a few minets altering a photograph, the result? Oil prices shoot up, you get a windfall of oil revenue. Pretty good return on investment for the Iranian government.

Ha-ha, this is comical. Why not put put 4 more on the retouched photo to scare the hell out of us and Israel.

This was caught on long before the NYTimes picked up on it

Umm. There is nothing "apparently" about it. It's obvious. Look the 4th launch ploom is exaclty the same as the one on the right...

That's a terrible photoshop job. Look at the right side of the "surface cloud" of missile # 4 (on the far right of the photo), and compare to the doctored missile's "surface cloud". Identical. Then compare the missile and trail of missile #2 (the one highest in the sky) to the doctored missile: also identical. The area where the truck was is very obviously photoshopped.

I think it proves one of the missiles misfired, because had they launched it moments later then they could have combined both images together for a much more convincing alteration! It also proves Iran needs a better image editing department!!!


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