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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    This is a trumped up nonissue. If you take off the political glasses for a second and look at it from an artistic perspective, it is clear that the cropped version is simply better composition. It features the soldier much more centrally, and crops not only the hands of the bystanders on the right but also a portion of the soldier's legs on the left. I know it might be hard for some of you to believe but not everything decision that is made has sinister political motives. Not to mention the guy on the right is holding, what, a steak knife?

    Then why not explain that when they got caught? No, instead they simply put out the uncut version and tried to dismiss anyone with questions about why they tried in the first place. You know who else follows that pattern? Guilty people.


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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Then why not explain that when they got caught? No, instead they simply put out the uncut version and tried to dismiss anyone with questions about why they tried in the first place. You know who else follows that pattern? Guilty people.
    That sounds more like the pattern followed by innocent people who get caught in a pseudo-scandal brought on by gotcha journalism. They aren't "guilty" of anything, it is absurd to suggest otherwise.

    Cropping photos is standard practice for photographers nowadays, and it necessarily takes pieces of a photo out. The substance of this photo is a wounded soldier, and it is cropped to reflect that and place the soldier centrally. All those arms and all that blank space on the left just make for a bad picture. Even looking at the uncropped photo it is clear that the knife isn't the weapon used to wound the soldier, and in the cropped photo it is still clear that protesters are standing over the soldier. The knife is not essential to the context of the photo and the cropped version is not misleading at all. Moreover, it is well know that the protesters carried knives, there are plenty of reports, including Reuters reports to that effect, to that effect. The knife is not that interesting part of the photo, so it was cropped with good reason. To suggest that Reuters cropped to photo to make the protesters look better is disingenuous and frankly fallacious logic.
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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    This is a trumped up nonissue. If you take off the political glasses for a second and look at it from an artistic perspective, it is clear that the cropped version is simply better composition.
    Thanks for clearing that one up. It was done for art.

    That certainly explains the removal of the pool of blood, too. Messy, messy messy!
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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Thanks for clearing that one up. It was done for art.

    That certainly explains the removal of the pool of blood, too. Messy, messy messy!
    I see plenty of bloodstains in the cropped version. Try again.

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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    I see plenty of bloodstains in the cropped version. Try again.
    Little Green Footballs - Another Cropped Reuters Photo Deletes Another Knife - And a Pool of Blood


    I submit this even though I realize no amout of trying will ever penetrate the denial of those with an obvious agenda.
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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    I was only talking about the photo in the original post. Now that I've seen the second photo I see what you're talking about, and that is pretty egregious. I guess he was trying to make the protesters look better after all.

    By the way, I haven't got an agenda beside honesty.

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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    By the way, I haven't got an agenda beside honesty.
    I believe you.
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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Journalism is about presenting the facts. Photogs and editors should get fired over use of fake photos to advance a political agenda. There's no excuse for it. Reuters has lost all credibility.

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    Re: Reuters Admits Cropping Photos of Ship Clash, Denies Political Motive

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenA59 View Post
    Journalism is about presenting the facts. Photogs and editors should get fired over use of fake photos to advance a political agenda. There's no excuse for it. Reuters has lost all credibility.
    The photo wasn't fake, was it?

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    Re: Omfg!

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Also, an interesting look at their bias here....

    More Reuters Bias | Middle East Facts Weblog


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    That was a silly read. Like many, I get what you really wante dis biased reporting. Report it as YOU see it, according to your bias, and you'll be happy. Anyone can crop headlines, say hay it doesn't fit my world view, so it must be biased. And frankly, that's what your side of this debate does all the time. The photo was not changed in any way to present anything contray to the facts. We knew who hurt the soldier and that he was hurt. Again, this is an effort on some to turn nothing into something to fit their own bias. Nothing more.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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