Did Huffington Post crop AP photo to give Netanyahu devil horns?
|Photo of Netanyahu as it appeared on Huffington Post.|
When I first saw the photo, I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, because it looks like Netanyahu has neon devil horns growing out of his head. What the hell? Was the photo altered in some way? Or is it a "truth-o-graph" revealing Netanyahu's true devilish nature?
Turns out: No. The photo is an authentic AP photograph -- or at least part of an authentic AP photograph -- which was cleverly cropped by someone at Huffington Post to make it appear as if Netanyahu has devil horns -- flaming neon devil horns, at that.
|The same photo of Netanyahu as it was originally released by AP/AFP.|
As is plainly visible, the original photograph reveals what is really going on: Netanyahu is standing in front of a backlit cut-glass official Seal of the State of Israel, which depicts a menorah flanked on either side by branches.
Somebody -- most likely at Huffington Post -- carefully cropped off the top portion of the photo so that the bottom parts of the two branches combined with the curved edge of the seal appear to be the outlines of horns sprouting from Netanyahu's head.
Is this part of the ongoing and relentless campaign by news sites to subtly slant the news -- in this case, to "demonize" (in a literal sense) Israel? Or was it just a sheer random accident?
Or did Huffington Post get the photo from a different source, already pre-cropped? If so, I'd like to see the original source, and investigate who did the cropping. Either way, somebody -- either at Huffington Post or at AP (or possibly a different news syndicate) -- cropped the photo at the precise point to make Netanyahu look like Satan.
Coincidence? Perhaps. But considering the longstanding documented anti-Israel bias at so many news outlets, "coincidence" seems like the least likely explanation.
For the record, here is a screenshot of the photo as it currently appears on the Huffington Post main page:
Turns out this is not the first time that the Huffington Post has been involved in similar incidents, as detailed in the following links:
Huff-Watch, a blog monitoring anti-Semitism on the Huffington Post.