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Twittersphere explodes over faked photo

Can you find the floating finger?

Carney, Shipman and their children staged a mock press conference for Washingtonian MOM magazine, in front of a bookshelf that included a copy of 'Soviet Architecture' (next to the Gorbachev bobblehead, 4th shelf R)

I don’t know if the birthers think this is an impeachable offense, but they certainly think it’s part of a pattern of deception at the White House. The photo above was taken at White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s home and appeared in Washingtonian MOM magazine in a profile of Carney’s wife. If you look on the right set of shelves, the second shelf from the top, you’ll see the phantom finger on a book spine, obviously from a book copied from the shelves on the left.

Apparently this is a conspiracy to make it seem that Carney reads more books than he actually does.  I think he’s giving the birthers the finger.

Personally I have lost count of how many boxes of books I’ve given away and my shelves are not double stacked the way they once were. I discovered e-books.

Read even more shocking disclosures at Business Insider, or check out Birther Report’s “Obama Caught Photoshopping Another Regime Propaganda Photo.”

Fake photos

Dr. Neal Krawetz is an impressive writer. We’re lucky to have his three articles on President Obama’s birth certificates. He published another article, “There will be blood” at The Hacker Factor Blog last week that I found simply fascinating.

The article is about an iconic photo of civilian casualties in Syria and how forensic image technologies plus close observation suggest that it is not what it seems.

More by Krawetz:

Dr. Conspiracy concludes: Obama “Photoshopped” into photo

I think Jack Cashill has gotten a raw deal. I have done my own independent analysis of the park photo where Barack Obama is allegedly sitting between his grandparents. I have concluded that Barack Obama was indeed “Photoshopped” into the image. This might get a little technical, but bear with me. First, let me present the image:

I believe this image is not genuine

  • It seems to me that the grandparents are lighted from the left and Obama is lighted from the right.
  • The line between Obama’s left arm and Mrs. Dunham seems rough.
  • Obama appears disproportionately large in the photo.
  • I’m a white guy and no expert in African skin tone, but somehow Obama doesn’t quite look the right color.
  • Stanley Dunham’s hand seems to be hovering in mid air and not on Obama’s shoulder where you would expect it.
  • What is that black area under Dunham’s hand anyway?
  • Obama’s left foot seems to be hovering over the ground.

This photo just doesn’t look right to me.

MMA cites WND lies

WorldNetDaily publishes lies — at least that’s the case if you believe WND founder Joseph Farah. Farah told Obama Conspiracy Theories:

Apparently you don’t understand the difference between commentary and news reporting.

I know of no news organization in the world that even pretends to hold commentators to the same standard of accuracy and truth as they have for news. Do you? Bill Press lies in the pages of WND in my opinion every week. But we give our commentators wide latitude to make their case. That’s probably a concept you would never comprehend.

Email from Joseph Farah, 8 February 2010

That email is in line with what Farah said in an email exchange with Justin Eliot with Salon.com as reported in a new article on Media Matters for America.

WorldNetDaily doesn’t give its readers clear guidance on whether they are reading commentary (where lies are OK) and reporting where it supposedly isn’t. Staff writers, such as Bob Unruh, are allowed to repeat lies, so long as they originate with commentators. Sometimes lying WND articles are unattributed, leaving readers in the dark about whether they are reading articles or commentary. While it is often said that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts, it appears that WorldNetDaily believes that their commentators are allowed their own facts.

WND is reeling from a recent scandal in which anti-Obama writer Jack Cashill presented a family photo of Barack Obama which he claimed was the original of a photo where Obama had been Photoshopped in. The problem is that the so-called “original” still has part of Barack Obama’s leg in it. That is, Cashill showed a fake original from which Barack Obama had been Photoshopped OUT. Unlike most WND lies, this one was actually covered up (scrubbed without comment) by WND rather than left to stand. I guess WND is not consistent about when it believes its commentators can lie and when they can’t; maybe it has something to do with how obvious and how embarrassing the lie is. Previously the lie about Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan representing Barack Obama on eligibility cases was also removed, although with minor acknowledgment. The lie about the travel ban to Pakistan, remains.

Media Matters for America provides a long list of WND lies and misinformation, and shows many instances from both commentators and staff writers. But they didn’t mention the travel ban to Pakistan!

WorldNetDaily web site rankings have dropped significantly from number 500 in the US to number 720, according to web rating site Alexa.com, since we last published WND rankings last June. I hope that means their readers are fed up with the lies.