Photoshop: Images of Iran’s Missile Launch [Updated]

UPDATE – Is the whole thing a hoax??

One of the images picked up (…or, did they do it?!?) by Western Media on Iran’s missile test today – clearly photoshopped:


Can you spot the fakery?

What fakery?

Oh…whoops. Sorry – here’s the real one:

Yeah – nice try Iran. This Blog made a great animated gif showing the copying…

Does our western media pick this up? Nope, a bunch of dudes sitting around on their computers sipping Mountain Dew… Gotta love that!

Also: Perhaps you missed this bone-fide classic from the AFP earlier this year:

Hit her house?

Hit her house?!?

Click the image above or go here: Two Bullets in the Hand, One Big Crock of Bull

ht [LGF]

UPDATE: Well, the Times figured it out this morning (9:33am, that’s about 12 hours at least after bloggers picked this up…)- but that wasn’t quick enough for all the other papers to run it front page:

Here’s the money quote from the NYT story: 

“Does Iran’s state media use Photoshop?” 

Hmmm…nah – they’re trustworthy

The NYTimes folks are blaming it on the AFP – the same jokes that ran the Magic Bullet Woman story above.

EPIC FAIL for big media, EPIC WIN for bloggers.

Here’s another great post on this at Snapped Shot.


15 Responses to “Photoshop: Images of Iran’s Missile Launch [Updated]”

  1. [snapped shot] BWAHAHAHA: More Iranian Fauxtography REALtography | Old Dominion Blog Alliance Says:

    […] Fauxtography REALtography I can’t find any Photoshopping here. 100% genuine. Image courtesy WTC, who has just found their way into my […]

  2. Will Media Matters Take The MSM To Task For Fauxtography? » Pirate’s Cove — Give No Quarter! Says:

    […] shot points towards the REAL missile launch photo. Plenty more at a different snapped shot […]

  3. Ben Says:

    OMG!!! THEY’RE SHOOTING AT US! QUICK LET’S FIRE EVERYTHING BACK AT THEM AND BLOW UP THE WHOLE WORLD! That seems to be what most people want anyway. American Christians welcome WWIII because that means the end times are coming, right? But there are others that aren’t so sure of these apocalyptic notions. Some of us rationalists think that we should create a sustainable peaceful world for our children because we doubt any God will come out of the clouds to save our planet.


  4. It'll be a Whitewash! Says:

    I guess they did it to disguise the truck and to make a show of force, but man… What AWFUL shoppery! BAD KARMA.

  5. Steve Says:

    Conspiracy theory much Ben? Your conclusion is for sure a hasty generalization and a Straw Man Argument wrapped up into one. For sure there are Christians that would do anything to further the coming of Christ, but to say “American Christians” as a whole meaning Andrew, Liz, myself, our churches and everyone within them want this…Nope, doesn’t fly. I think you’re trying to take the very very small majority and paint the picture of the majority holding that position. There’s wackos on every side of every argument, but you’re painfully wrong with your conclusion on this issue. Good try though.

  6. theironwang Says:


  7. whatthecrap? Says:

    Ben, I’m not sure where you’ve gotten this view of ‘American Christians’. The apocalyptic view you stated (wanting to start WWIII to bring back the messiah) is a very fringe radical view and certainly not in the mainstream of Christianity. In fact, it is much more in line with the radical fringe of Islam. If you are going to generalize and stereotype, then at least point to an example.

    I, for one, absolutely hate war and it makes me sad that Americans, by in large, get stuck policing the worlds radical regimes – such as the current leaders in Tehran. (I highly doubt the majority of the Iranian people want to start a war with the west – just the government.) I don’t welcome that idea – and I think we should do everything in our power to prevent war. However, from time to time – I realize that war is sadly necessary when peace is threatened.

    The vast majority of American Christians want to be left alone and live their lives in peace -just as most atheists certainly do – but you should know this being a former Christian yourself. I don’t understand how you have come to substitute rational people of faith with fringe groups.

    Also, you just cast aside the vast number of American folks with a Judeo/Christian faith who died in WWII and other wars so that you have the freedom to choose not to be a Christian (and speak a language other than German). If it came down to it, I would fight for that right too.

    And finally, spare me the atheistic ‘ivory tower of rationalism’ huey. If thoughts are nothing more than biological reactions to natural stimuli you can hardly count them as rational. Either all Athiests and Theists have rational thoughts from time to time, as well as irrational – or no such thing exists.

    You might want to spend more time speaking with rational Christians – and less with nutter fringe radicals. Your stereotypes will quickly change.

  8. Ben Says:

    Sorry guys, I wasn’t meaning you. Though I guess you are American Christians. You’re definitely NOT part of that fringe group that want the world to go into war.

    However, I say that with a grain of salt because deep in the back of the minds of many very sane Christians, is a slight curiosity or desire for the end times. When I was younger, I couldn’t think of anything more exciting. If the temple mount in Jerusalem was bombed and WWIII started, it would signal the ‘end times’ for many people. Being a Christian, I apparently knew I would be ‘in the clear’ when Jesus came out of the clouds like a superhero to save the day.

    Truly believing that Jesus will come back in our lifetimes and either take the Christians away (leaving the world to burn for a while) OR destroying the earth and making a new one… does not result in people being good stewards of the earth. Why care if global warming is real or a hoax? Why try to make the world a better place if God is just going to destroy it sometime soon anyway? It doesn’t matter because Jesus will come back and make everything OK.

    But if we doubt that Jesus, or Mohamed, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster are coming back to save us, then we will try to make a sustainable planet. We will try to figure out whether or not we are having a detrimental effect on the planet. We’ll try to figure out what we can do to make things better for all life, not just people. The world would be a better place if people held the notion that THIS IS ALL THAT WE HAVE, we need to try to take care of it, and no Flying Spaghetti Monster is going to come out of the clouds and save us.

    Again, very sorry if I offended with my first post.


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  9. Ben Says:

    Sam Harris:

    ” According to several recent polls, 22% of Americans are certain that Jesus will return to Earth sometime in the next 50 years. Another 22% believe that he will probably do so. This is likely the same 44% who go to church once a week or more, who believe that God literally promised the land of Israel to the Jews and who want to stop teaching our children about the biological fact of evolution. As President Bush is well aware, believers of this sort constitute the most cohesive and motivated segment of the American electorate. Consequently, their views and prejudices now influence almost every decision of national importance. Political liberals seem to have drawn the wrong lesson from these developments and are now thumbing Scripture, wondering how best to ingratiate themselves to the legions of men and women in our country who vote largely on the basis of religious dogma. More than 50% of Americans have a “negative” or “highly negative” view of people who do not believe in God; 70% think it important for presidential candidates to be “strongly religious.” Unreason is now ascendant in the United States–in our schools, in our courts and in each branch of the federal government. Only 28% of Americans believe in evolution; 68% believe in Satan. Ignorance in this degree, concentrated in both the head and belly of a lumbering superpower, is now a problem for the entire world.”

  10. Liz Says:

    Wow Ben, gotta say, wasn’t expecting this reply to a simple post about a fake news story. One could almost say you are trying to convert people away from “American Christianity” with a religious fervor! May I make a plain observation of what I see as a telling irony? The tone of your response is very much like that of the supposedly overly zealous nutters you mean to ridicule.

  11. Bunk Strutts Says:

    This isn’t the first time that amateur photoshoppery has been published in the name of the Associated Press, Reuters News, and others. Little Green Footballs (and others) has been exposing these frauds for years.

    Google “Green Helmet Man” and “Islamic Rage Boy” to see some common photohoaxes.


  12. Mima Says:

    hi, dears

    Im from Persian (Iran). I see with my eyes, you want to say they use photoshap in reall, what about my cam photos?

    how theye can edit my photots?

    this is realy foolish idea. lo

    Iran is one of strongest country in Missile Launch, but iran’s goverment really safe and clever.

  13. A Bit of a Rant « Central Illinois Photoblog Says:

    […] NOT really a photojournalist – but I’m also not the guy photoshopping an Iranian missle launch. When a painter paints a scene, you take in the piece and like it or not. You take it as art. I’m […]

  14. some ome Says:

    i am also an iranian too. irian islamic government is the most laiar and weakest state in the world. all things are coming in from other countries specially from china and russia. as you know these fake rockets are from south korea ( nodong). all things are fake here!

  15. BijanDuruchi Says:

    When the Missles are coming at you.
    Should you care if there is e.g. 126 or 127
    Missles are coming up your Arse, Dumb-Ass.

    The Lion of Persia is awakened.

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