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BP Publishes Fake Image of Oil Spill Command Center

July 20, 2010 /PN/ In an attempt to demonstrate their concern with this whole situation where the Gulf of Mexico got in the way of their oil, BP have set up a photo gallery on their official website called "Response in pictures."

Here is one of the pictures of the Houston Command Center, which was on the site until earlier today, when John Aravosis has noticed that it is a fake photo, with three cut-and-paste underwater images into a wall of video feeds from remotely operated undersea vehicles:


As Aravosis highlights, the shot has been poorly Photoshoped. Here is a close-up which allows one to see some of the cutting and pasting:


After the story was picked up by The Washington Post, BP posted a low-resolution version of the "original":


Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP, said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration. He said that a photographer working for the company had inserted the three images in spots where the video screens were blank.

"Normally we only use Photoshop for the typical purposes of color correction and cropping," Dean said in an e-mail. "In this case they copied and pasted three ROV screen images in the original photo over three screens that were not running video feeds at the time."

John Aravosis pointed out the alterations Monday evening on his Americablog.com and observed, "I guess if you're doing fake crisis response, you might as well fake a photo of the crisis response center." The photo doctoring comes as BP has promised transparency in a bid to regain the public's trust.

Diana Topan


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