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Posted on Jul 11, 2008
Fake Missile
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The digitally altered missile, second from the right, was created from an amalgam of two of the other missiles.

Charges against Iran’s Sepah News for digitally altering a photo of the country’s missile tests on Wednesday arose Friday after analysts discovered what is clearly a Photoshopped extra missile in an image released by the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The image, which was used by the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune on their front pages, was later retracted.


The New York Times:

As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo was used on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.

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.

As the ... illustration shows, the second missile from the right appears to be the sum of two other missiles in the image. The contours of the billowing smoke match perfectly near the ground, as well in the immediate wake of the missile. Only a small black dot in the reddish area of exhaust seems to differ from the missile to its left, though there are also some slight variations in the color of the smoke and the sky.

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By Jason, July 14, 2008 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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This not might do these people know who there dealing with just like sadam we’ll crush you sure you will and I can guarantee yeah were not worried LOL!!!!!!

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By troublesum, July 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

So Bush has been threatening Iran with destruction for the past seven years, Iran test fires a few missiles and they are the ones being “provocative.”  Got it.

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By Zack, July 12, 2008 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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Clearly, North Korea’s reaction to being put in the “Axis of Evil”, namely to show that they really could muster a threat and therefore were worth negotiating with rather than attacking, did not go unnoticed. It makes you wonder how much of a threat Iran really poses if they have to resort to such an amatuerish tactic to look tough. And is it any coincidence that Iran is making this show of strength only a couple weeks after Israel conducted training exercises that were clearly meant to demonstrate their capacity and readiness to attack Iran?

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By nino, July 11, 2008 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

like the DOD never doctored a single thing…

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By dihey, July 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

What if the picture was not doctored? Does Iran’s threat then increase by 25%? Or has that threat actually decreased by 25% because it was doctored? Obama, can you tell us what is what because you seem to know everything about Iran and Ahmadinejad.

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By PatrickHenry, July 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

Sort of a fox news event.

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