Tuesday, July 20, 2010


BP's Altered Photo of Spill Center Misleading

This isn't a big deal in and of itself but it does speak to the attitude at BP headquarters. A company photographer evidently took it upon himself to Photoshop images over two blank video screens in the spill response center, probably because he thought that having blank screens would look bad in the public eye. What looks worse is BP's quality control. At this point in the Gulf disaster and with the entire American citizenry furious at the company, they should be triple-checking anything that is being put out for public consumption for errors or anomalies.

The company has been lying to the people every single day, and many days they've been lying to the Soetoro administration as well. This just looks bad, it's as simple as that. Even if it were not a management decision to alter the photograph, their press relations team should have caught the alteration if some amateur blogger was able to. And this is a good reminder that we should all be wary of images and videos on the internet, for in the advanced digital era it's way to easy for people to fool others with trickery like this.

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