Sunday, July 13, 2008

Iran's Press Corp Doctors Missile Test Image

Iran's Sepah News, the Revolutionary Guard's media organization, posted this picture last week. It is apparently of four missiles shooting up into the sky during one of their aggressive missile tests. The picture was carried on the front page of "The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, and many other major news Web sites" according to the New York Times.

As it turns out, this image has been doctored. It's not obvious, but some clever people on the internet checked out the contrast and noticed where one missile had obviously been copied and made into two. Also, the clouds of smoke under the "new" missile are borrowed from yet another missile.

Original pic below:

Here is the analysis:

Good job Iran! We're not really sure why having 3 missiles is much worse than having 4, but clearly you felt it was worth the risk of looking foolish to every blogger on the internet.

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