Reuters: Tales From the Cropped

A picture's worth a thousand words, but which words?

That often depends on — among other factors — how the image is cropped.

Earlier today, Turkey's largest daily, Hurriyet, published photos of Israeli soldiers briefly captured by "peace activists" aboard the Mavi Marmara. The photos were taken by the activists themselves.

In the lower right corner of one particular image, a knife is clearly seen in the hands of one of the so-called "activists."


Reuters distributed the image to its papers, but not before cropping out the knife – an important piece of context.


Now why would Reuters do that? In 2006, the news wire won a Dishonest Reporter Award when "fauxtography" became synonymous with Adnan Hajj's doctored images from Beirut during the war. Is it vying for another award?

(Hat tip: LGF)

UPDATE June 7: Reuters' questionable cropping continues. What does the wire service have against knives?