Here are two news stories about faked stuff. One story wasn’t widely reported, but another story (about a woman’s chest) was everywhere–even on conservative blogs.

One story (Reuters fauxtography) goes to the heart of an allegedly “independent” and “unbiased” media. Another story is press agent fluff.

From the great blog, Yid with Lid:

Monday, June 7, 2010
Reuters Brings Fauxtography to the Gaza Flotilla

News service, Reuters is back to its old tricks. You may remember during the second Lebanese war Reuters was caught making news pictures look worse than they were with a little touch of Photo Shop For example this picture of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike appeared this way when distributed via AP…

From Wednesday’s New York Post editorial:

Lying with photos
Reuters wrongs again
Posted: June 09, 2010
One photo shows an Israeli surrounded by IHH “peace” activists, one of whom is holding a knife.

The second shows another Israeli lying under a bloodstained railing as a second IHH activist also holds a knife.

At least that’s what appears in the images distributed by The Associated Press.

In the photos distributed by Reuters, there were no knives. And no blood.
But eventually, Reuters was forced to ‘fess up.

It admitted the photos had been deliberately faked, severed its ties to the photographer, Lebanese freelancer Adnan Hajj, and removed all 920 pictures he’d taken from its server. A senior photo editor also was fired.

Reuters insists that it’s “committed to accurate and impartial reporting.”

You be the judge.

The “top” story from Wednesday’s New York Daily News (with many photos and even a video):

Banking beauty Debrahlee Lorenzana had two boob jobs, wanted to be stacked like Playboy Playmate
BY Simone Weichselbaum and Jose Martinez
Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 4:00 AM
Turns out those assets are inflated.

Debrahlee Lorenzana, the bombshell banker who says Citigroup canned her because men couldn’t stop gawking, repeatedly went under the knife to get her brick-house build.

A Discovery Health Channel series chronicled Lorenzana’s pursuit of plastic surgery perfection, in which she described her desire to be stacked like a Playboy Playmate.

“That’s what I want to be: t— on a stick,” she titters in “Plastic Surgery New York Style.”

Her ultimate goal, she says, is to be a cross between Pamela Anderson and Carmen Electra.

The four-part series, which aired in 2003, features a then-26-year-old Lorenzana as she prepares for her fourth plastic surgery – a boob job by Dr. Kaven Alizadeh that she hoped would make her a “huge, double-D” with “very perky” breasts.

“I love plastic surgery,” Lorenzana said.

Debra(h)lee Lorenzana + Citibank–219,000 Google hits
Adnan Hajj + flotilla–412 Google hits
Debra(hl)ee Lorenzana + Citibank–476 Google News hits
Adnan Hajj + flotilla–5 Google News hits
Debra(h)lee Lorenzana + Citibank–37,000 Google Blogs hits
Adnan Hajj + flotilla–17 Google Blogs hits

It’s not just the MSM, or “lamestream” media. Maybe the internet does rot the brain after all?