BP Photo Hunt!

Originally posted 07/22/2010.. Gulf Oil Spill Day 94
Earlier this week, BP was once again caught lying to the public, this time indirectly, through doctored images the oil giant has been posting across their official response website. Below is the altered picture of BP’s crisis command center, followed by what the company claims is the original. [I am hesitant to believe anything BP says.]

Let’s play a game of BP PhotoHunt! Can you find all the differences?

The Photoshopped Crisis Command Center Picture:

The Claimed “Original” Crisis Command Center Picture:

I’m sure you noticed that in the photoshopped picture, BP pasted three fake images on the screens that are blank in the original. These are monitors that show video feed sent to BP’s command center from their ROVs [remote-operated vehicles].

An AOL News article offers a few theories as to why BP chose to alter the images. One point they make is rather alarming: “BP has been criticized for suppressing damning underwater video footage from the public — specifically, footage that showed much more serious leaks than the company was admitting to during the days immediately following the Deepwater Horizon platform explosion on April 20.”

Could the blank screens in the “original” photo be hiding some of this evidence? The “original” may have been photoshopped itself [by someone more skilled], or the monitors could have intentionally been turned off before the picture was taken.

Below are two more pictures taken from the inside of a helicopter. Again, the first has been altered and was published on BP’s site, and the second is the original. BP PhotoHunt Round 2!

The Photoshopped Helicopter Picture:

The Original Helicopter Picture:

Did you see the differences? This Gawker article points them all out.. but it should be obvious that the picture was manipulated to make it look like the helicopter was really in the air.

So why does this really matter? Brian Barrett, the author of the Gawker post, does a great job of answering that question: “Obviously there are bigger fish to fry when it comes to BP. But every time they fabricate an image like this, it undermines whatever little credibility they have left, along with all of the actual documentation of the massive undertaking this has been and will continue to be. It speaks to a company still more concerned with image than reality, in charge of repairing something so terribly broken that we can’t afford to treat it with anything but total candor.”

Because of the controversy these images have caused, BP has recently come forward and admitted that they were altered. But, of course, they place the blame on the photographer, and not the company. On BP’s flickr page, they have released a set of doctored pictures and their original, as well as this statement: “BP’s photographic department uses Photoshop to edit images we post on the bp.com Gulf of Mexico Response web site. Typical purposes include color correction, reducing glare and cropping. In a few cases, cut-and-paste was also used in the photo-editing process. These cut-and-pasted images have been removed.”

All of this just goes to prove that BP is lying to the public and that they care about their image more than the environment.



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  3. BP is such a joke… they should all be arrested along with the US govt. How long ago did they cap the leak? And how many legitimate claims are still “pending” from damages they suffered back in the beginning of the summer? I happen to know three people that were affected directly by BP’s shady PR tactics and manipulation of our laws, one of whom was a journalist who was almost arrested and charged with felonies for taking pictures of oil covered animals near the coast. Not only is it bad enough that thousands of fishers’ lively hoods are ruined for god knows how many years to come, they were paid a pathetic amount of money to clean up BP’s own mess. To add even more insult to injury, BP used Corexit 9527, which contains mainly 2-butoxyethanol, which is very toxic. You wouldn’t have to be a scientist to know that, since in the first week of using it over 70 fisherman ended up at the hospital. Of course if you even inquired about this, I’m sure the govt (which is pretty much owned by oil companies) would deal with you quite quickly, let alone taking pictures of it in an attempt to run a story on it. If you didn’t know already, the govt is doing what they do best… crapping on the 1st amendment: naturalnews.com/029130_Gulf_of_Mexico_censorship.html. My friend who almost got arrested on felony charges simply went out on a boat into about 30 feet of water and used a water proof cam to photograph one of the many oil plumes forming at the bottom of the surface (which BP vehemently denies). Now here comes the hilarious part. He switched the film in his camera with a blank one in the event they were stopped by police, which they were as soon as they got back to shore. They let him go but still took his name down, and what do you know… later that night, 2 guys wearing black hoodies attempted to break into his house. He caught pics of them on his home security system (he saved the pics… alarm system break in photos). Hmm, I wonder who paid these guys to break in and what they were after? Definitely not BP or our govt, that’s for sure!

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