Oil combine British Petroleum has been caught trying to fake pictures on its website.
Until two days ago the picture on the left was posted on BP’s website but some of the screens were blank. While most of us would not really have noticed, it seems that BP didn't like that image much.
Two days ago, the PR team thought no one would notice if they Photoshopped a few of the blank screens so it looked like people were more busy dealing with the largest man made disaster in history.
For some reason people noticed this changed and got a bit upset. Not least of the reason was that it appears that it was Photoshopped by someone like me
.According to AmericaBlog the photo was replaced with an "original" shortly after 11 yesterday.
BP refuses to post the original in a high resolution and has also told the Washington Post the image was altered by the photographer.
This is not likely as professional snappers know what they are doing when it comes to Photoshop and then there is a question about where they got the screen content from.
What has let BP down was that if you look at the metadata of the picture, it was taken in 2001 and not 2010. It looks more likely that it was an old picture of something else which was updated to make it appear like the BP spill command centre.
While the quality of the work is not as good as the KGB's picture of Stalin scoring the winning goal in the 1966 World Cup, it does leave a bad taste in the mouth.
Many are relying on BP to give an accurate account of the spill and while it is Photoshopping reality badly, you can't help wondering if it is telling any truth to anyone.