The real story here is not the photoshoppery per se, but the appalling fact that BP isn’t really doing anything to deal with this catastrophe, other than to make it look like they’re Doing Everything They Can.
Fiddling with an on-line image is no crime. What BP has done, however, is a crime, and one of staggering proportions.
Below, a link to John Aravosis’s excellent blog, which broke this story, and the WashPost‘s piece today.
BP photoshops fake photo of crisis command center, posts on main BP site
by John Aravosis (DC)
Altered BP photo comes into question
By Steven Mufson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Apparently BP is no more adept at doctoring photos than it is at plugging deep-sea oil leaks.
A blogger has noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its Houston crisis room, cutting and pasting three underwater images into a wall of video feeds from remotely operated undersea vehicles. The altered photo is displayed prominently on the company’s Web site.