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Iran’s digital duping

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Yesterday’s Iranian missile tests escalated tensions between the Islamic Republic and Israel. A single image captured this bold gesture for many news outlets: four missiles blasting toward the sky.

The photo ran on several front pages Thursday morning, including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times, as well as the websites of MSNBC, BBC, and The New York Times.

But the picture was fraud – digitally embellished before the Agence France-Presse photo service circulated it around the world. Only three missiles launched at the time of the photograph, a fact unknown to many Western newsrooms until “The Associated Press distributed what appeared to be a nearly identical photo from the same source, but without the fourth missile,” reports the NY Times.

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