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12:50 PM ET, August 6, 2006


 Top Items: 
Reuters admits altering Beirut photo  —  Reuters withdraws photograph of Beirut after Air Force attack after US blogs, photographers point out 'blatant evidence of manipulation'  —  A Reuters photograph of smoke rising from buildings in Beirut has been withdrawn after coming under attack by American web logs.
Michelle Malkin:
Where there's smoke, there's Photoshop?  —  ***scroll for updates...a reminder about Reuters' news-gathering policy from the Reuters website: "Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services.
Little Green Footballs:
Reuters Doctoring Photos from Beirut?  —  OK, now things are getting weird.  —  This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation.  Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop "clone" tool to add more smoke to the image.
Rob / Left & Right:
Reuters faking photos  —  Notice how the pattern repeats in the cloud at the top?  —  That's not the only thing that repeats: Here is a close-up of the lower-left corner of the same photo.  —  The top red rectangle is just a copy/paste of the lower; and it repeats all the way to the top.
Jeff Harrell / The Shape of Days:
Adnan Hajj isn't even trying anymore  —  Adnan Hajj is a prolific photojournalist — and I'm using that term loosely here — for Reuters who came under some pretty intense criticism in the wake of the recent incident at Qana in Lebanon.  On July 30 at 2:21 p.m. Eastern time …
Michelle Malkin:
Reutergate: "Picture kill"  —  The images of the day, thanks to the indefatigable Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs—arch-nemesis of the truth distorters at al-Reuters:  —  Reutered:  —  Corrected version:  —  Reuters' "correction," reported by, leaves some unanswered questions.
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
What You Need To Know About Diplomacy And Journalism In War
Discussion: The American Thinker
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Reuters Doctoring Beirut Photos (Updated)
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Dan / Riehl World View:   Reuter's Photoshop Explained
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Conn. Race Could Be Democratic Watershed  —  Loss by Lieberman May Embolden Critics of War  —  The passion and energy fueling the antiwar challenge to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in Connecticut's Senate primary signal a power shift inside the Democratic Party that could reshape the politics …
Courtney McLeod / Hartford Courant:
New Voters, Unaffiliated Rush To Join Democrats
Discussion: MyDD and LamontBlog
Matt / LieberDem:   Signing off  —  When I started this blog almost exactly one month ago …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
'Civil War' Is Uttered, and White House's Iraq Strategy Is Dealt a Blow  —  Men in Najaf, Iraq, moved coffins of seven Mahdi Army members Saturday.  The fighters were killed Friday returning from a pro-Hezbollah rally.  —  Late last year, during a major address in Annapolis …
Discussion: PrairiePundit, Macsmind and AMERICAblog
Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Mideast war rages on despite UN peace resolution  —  BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli troops fought gun battles with Hizbollah in south Lebanon and warplanes hit roads and bridges across the country on Sunday, hours after the U.N. Security Council received a draft resolution to end the war.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Vital Perspective:
First Look at Draft UN Security Council Resolution on Hezbollah Situation
Discussion: Power Line
Times of London:
Iran's plot to mine uranium in Africa  —  IRAN is seeking to import large consignments of bomb-making uranium from the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb, an investigation has revealed.  —  A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was "no doubt" …
Omar Sinan / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's No. 2 welcomes Egyptian group  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader said in a new videotape aired Saturday that an Egyptian militant group has joined the terror network.  —  It was the first time that al-Qaida has announced a branch in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation.
Discussion: Counterterrorism Blog
Al-Zawahiri: Egyptian militant group joins al Qaeda
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Juan / Informed Comment:
One Ring to Rule Them  —  The wholesale destruction of all of Lebanon by Israel and the US Pentagon does not make any sense.  Why bomb roads, roads, bridges, ports, fuel depots in Sunni and Christian areas that have nothing to do with Shiite Hizbullah in the deep south?
Discussion: The Agonist and John Robb's Weblog
Susan Milligan / Boston Globe:
Classified intelligence bills often are unread  —  Secret process can discourage House debate  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly all members of the House of Representatives opted out of a chance to read this year's classified intelligence bill, and then voted on secret provisions they knew almost nothing about.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Charity Wins Deep Loyalty for Hezbollah  —  Haider Fayadh, left, watched the Hezbollah channel at his cafe in Tyre on Friday.  Hezbollah took care of a huge electricity bill he could not pay.  —  Hezbollah paid for his wife's Caesarean section.  It brought olive oil …
Associated Press:
Cuban dissidents fearful of retaliation  —  HAVANA (AP) — Dissidents in Cuba's eastern provinces say the country's military has beefed up its presence on the streets and is telling citizens they have permission to respond with force against anyone who speaks out against the government.
James Taranto / Opinion Journal:
Best of the Web  —  Best of the Tube Tonight  —  We're scheduled to appear on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" as part of a "political roundtable."  The program airs today at 6 p.m. EDT, with a repeat showing at 4 a.m. tomorrow, and we're told we'll be on in the second half-hour.  —  Pinin' for the Fjords
Opinion Journal:
Romancing Fidel  —  Why the left loves Castro—from a distance.
Discussion: Democracy Project
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
So English Is Taking Over the Globe.  So What.  —  WHEN its president proposed last month to ban English words like "helicopter," "chat" and "pizza," Iran became the latest country to try to fight the spread of English as a de facto global language.  —  But with interest in English around …
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