Oh man, this keeps getting better and better -- can't BP do something without lying or deceiving the public about it? How about something as simple as posting actual photos of its command center in Houston on the company website? Evidently not. No, a sharp-eyed blogger over at Americablog has uncovered that the company has photoshopped its command center. He quips, "I guess if you're doing fake crisis response, you might as well fake a photo of the crisis response center." Indeed. See the bizarre Photoshop job revealed below:This really is sort of hilarious, and certainly weird. The AmericaBlog explains how it stumbled upon the strange blunder:
the meta info for the photo says it was created in 2001, not July 16, 2010 as claimed on BP's site. It looks like BP took a photo from 2001, and in order to make it look like the command center in July of 2010, they pasted pictures of the oil well leaking over the old photo.Check it out:
Not only were the images photoshopped, they were crappily photoshopped at that.
The Washington Post contacted BP about the incident:
Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP, said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration and provided the original unaltered version. 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 ... "We will replace the Photoshopped version currently on bp.com with the original image tonight," he added. "We've instructed our post-production team to refrain from doing this in the future." "
BP's post-production team needs instructions not to create fake photos for public distribution? And all this presents the question: Why bother? Wouldn't it have been much easier just to snap a new photo of the crisis command center, or use one that didn't need to be photoshopped in the first place? Like I said -- Weird.