Thursday, July 10, 2008
With commendable speed, Little Green Footballs is on the case, pointing out that at least one of the missile photographs released by the Iranians has been photoshopped – with liberal use of the "clone" tool.
Funny enough, that is precisely the photograph that The Daily Telegraph - one of the many newspapers which walked into Qanagate, eyes wide shut - has used in its print edition, to illustrate its story. However, the text by Caroline Wheeler is very guarded: "Nine missiles were reported fired …" and, "The launch included a reportedly improved Shahab-3 missile …".
I am minded of the epic 60's TV series, the "Telegoons". There was one famous episode when Neddy wanted to rob a bank but did not have a gun. In a hilarious sequence, he took along a colour photograph of a gun … and the bank gave him a colour photograph of some money!
One suspects that the Israelis might have something more in mind than colour photographs of some F-15s, and will not be photoshopping them to multiply their effect. And nor will they be content with colour photographs of bomb craters.