Ed Driscoll

The Most Powerful Weapon In The World

In the 1990s, Eddie Adams, the Pulitzer Prize winning AP photographer who took the infamous and widely seen photo of South Vietnamese General Nguyen Ngoc Loan shooting his prisoner had a change of heart over the damage his photo had caused its subject. Adams would eventually write in Time magazine, “Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation”.

If you’re new to the whole Reuters photo scandal, and want to quickly get up to speed, Zombietime.com has a superb, heavily illustrated primer on the various techniques of photo manipulation that have been deployed by Reuters’ photographers in the Middle East. Or as Mark Steyn wrote this week:

Here’s a question for western news organizations: If Israel is so obviously such a disproportionate bloodthirsty murderous savage beast, why is it necessary to fake the evidence?

Good question–in the meantime, don’t miss Zombie’s essay and its accompanying photos.

Update: Related thoughts–and photos–from Mary Katharine Ham.

Another Update (9/10/06): Chalk this one up to “GMTA”: Brent Bozell uses the Eddie Adams story as the opening to his latest op-ed.