To be fair, the Atlantic Wire called this a Photoshop, and that’s the only reason why one might be remotely comfortable with the term. At polite best, it could be called a poor composite; at worst, a hatchet job.
Yonhap News Agency, the largest news organization in South Korea, released this image with a dispatch about South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s joint news conference with President Obama on Tuesday. The photo’s caption read, “South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House meeting on May 7.”
Seems legit. Except for maybe the extra hands. And the fact that Park and Obama are in different rooms.
Sure, it couldn’t look worse if it had been cut and pasted together with Microsoft Paint. But what can we say? We’ve been spoiled by North Korean’s recent Photoshop deception. At least the North is putting some effort into doctoring its photos.
The Huffington Post reached out to Yonhap for an explanation why it might have chosen to run with this eyesore. Requests were not returned by press time.
Gizmodo posted an actual photo of Park and Obama shaking hands and jocularly suggested that someone’s child might have gotten “loose in Yonhap’s office right before press.”
Although it would be hilarious if there were some comically chaotic story behind this pic, there probably isn’t.
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