Iran: You Suck At Photoshop (updated)


99 Responses to “Iran: You Suck At Photoshop (updated)”

  1. Ugly Canuck says:

    Definitely, more cowbell.

  2. kyfho23 says:

    Here’s the peaceful solution to the Axis of Evil: Have Microsoft,Adobe,and the MPAA sue’em all back to the stone age for piracy.

    “The situation is tense in the Persian Gulf as the RIAA today began intercepting oil tankers to collect their fines for 30 million illegal downloads of ‘Rock the Casbah’. Sources within the Iranian Government denied the allegations, saying ‘They were only in our “shared” folder.’”

  3. lazyfives says:

    I’m surprised they thought they could get away with this one.

  4. zuzu says:

    Damn yo, this ran as the front page (above the fold) of this morning’s Financial Times.

  5. mindysan33 says:

    @Jenniferfolly- couldn’t agree more on that point- propaganda is a constant in our lives. Our governments have mutual reasons to keep us antagonized with one another- control. It’s all in Foucault, I tells ya!

    And does anyone notice this keeps happening with Iran- on both sides. We faked that whole incident with them supposedly threatening us, and they do this crapola, with our media complicit. They want to be a threat, we want them to be a threat. I mean, wouldn’t a war be mutually advantageous for US, Israel, and Iran?

    “Of course there is no us and them/ but them they do not think the same”

    Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.


  6. mindysan33 says:

    Oh and @23, Daemon… LOL!


  7. chuckdarwin says:


  8. arkizzle says:



  9. Ryan says:

    I hear the missile failed because Iran couldn’t activate it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I feel very sorry for the person who photoshopped this. They are DEFINITELY dead right now.

  11. Internet Traditions says:

    Iran is aware that photoshopping is an internet tradition.

  12. loyalrogue says:

    I just had to post this one from gesteves over at Flashkit.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s obvious that they WANTED people to notice the picture was photoshopped.

    Why? They got a LOT of media attention. Now everyone knows they have missiles.

  14. nerak says:

    this just in: Iran takes a page from Japan and creates the Shahab 4: Hello Kitty Vibration Missiles.

  15. Kabur Naj says:

    @#73, Not sure what you’re referencing there, but I just watched “Batman: The Movie” last week and there’s an image in there which is eerily similar.

  16. Xeni Jardin says:

    @#58, goddammit i thought i unpublished those. Pure win, goes in the VIP circle.

  17. mr.skeleton says:

    I want to play.

    oh noes tony stark gived them all teh booms?!

  18. BadKittyM says:

    …can’t stop…laughing!
    This is way better than a unicorn chaser.

  19. Faustus says:

    @ Arkizzle

    What a fantastic code, I’m sure noone will ever be able to tell which post you are referring to. As a good samaritan I implore you, if you’re going to drink for every meme, please never visit /b/.

  20. Antinous says:

    Oh, we know. Welcome to the land of CATFOTFIC and IDCSESU.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I think that all images submitted for news content should have authentication embedded in the RAW file. I know Nikon provides this option in the D3. All “news” organizations must then be required to filter for said authentication before they can legally post the image. A new symbol needs to be developed to caption an image to indicate that it has not been altered. If the image cannot be authenticated I think we have every right to assume it’s been altered.

    The Photoshop production tool set used by news publishing organizations/blogs should be limited to Curves/Crop for the purpose of making the image more legible to support the news content. Similar to dodge and burn from the darkroom days.

    News organizations/providers have an ethical responsibility to uphold the highest standards of journalism. There should be stiff penalties for violating this responsibility. This is much worst than using a favorite George Carlin word on the radio and having the FCC all over your back.

  22. Cpt. Tim says:

    Iran tests its improbability powered missile defense shield.

  23. Faustus says:

    Oh, these are harder. Now what use is my sarcasm?

  24. arkizzle says:

    Here’s my missile mash!

    Give It 6 Months

  25. flip says:

    #10 POSTED BY JENNIFERFOLLY , JULY 10, 2008 10:59 AM

    The “Big Deal” that you don’t get is…

    1. There were 4 launchers… only 3 went off. It doesn’t do any good to have a demonstration of military might only to show that your systems aren’t 100% fully functional and impressive… In fact it’s quite counter productive.
    2. yes, it is “more scary” to the average joe without close inspection or thought. The sub context is that Iran has weapons to spare and that they work.
    3. it shows that Iran understands these things.
    4. it also shows that you don’t understand these things. that means that if your representational of the american citizens … you’re open to such manipulation without your being aware of it.

    That is the most frightening part… you don’t see it.
    Guess Iran will be attacking the USA “because of our freedoms” very soon now huh?

  26. ronamac says:

    Here’s my stab at it… “Zoomin in!”

  27. takeshi says:

    Did someone notify Missile Command?

  28. Faustus says:

    Ahhh, the mighty google overlords have informed me of the meaning of those acronyms now.

  29. VikingGator says:

    Not so fast. This guy says it’s real.


  30. jimjambandit says:

    So I think we have a documented case of Photoshopping leading directly to a rise in the price of oil globally. . .and thence to share price volatility. . .Adobe up or down do we think?

  31. Squirrelmonkey says:

    Here’s my touch-up:

    Much more threatening.

  32. Raskolnik says:

    And these are the third-rate chumps that Republicans are trying to convince us constitute a clear and present danger to every person on the planet?

    I miss the good old days when our sworn enemy that had people pissing themselves could at least put together a launch of more than *three* missiles at a time.

    Boo to you Iran.

  33. Antinous says:

    If only we could wake up and discover that the Iraq War was just a photoshop hoax.

  34. Simonft says:

    Here is my touch up, inspired from a comment on the nytimes blog. It’s not so great, but neither was the Iranian one.

  35. Cpt. Tim says:

    I don’t see the point of the photoshop. The original picture coveys the same thing but with a wider angle and one less missle (the 4th missle is still on the truck)

    I’m going to submit that someone told the photoshopper “here, make this fit in your average news site photo box and make it look fucking awesomely dangerous.”

    and the guy was like “shit man, whats more dangerous than FOUR missles?” he finished the job and had a delicious lunch.

  36. Orchestra Spy says:

    Llama Llama duck. Under a table. From bombs.

  37. Takuan says:

    nahh, but the “election” was

  38. Antiglobalism says:

    American-Israeli interests are pushing Iran to be able to point at it and say “Hey, look, you touched us first, so now we have a reason to attack you without getting demonized by the public. Here, take this missile!”

    Who buys this shit? It’s passive-aggression.

  39. Cowicide says:

    #94 posted by loyalrogue:

    I just had to post this one from gesteves over at Flashkit.

    Gee, that looks strangely familiar…
    Original Post Above In This Thread


  40. Another Aaron says:

    Say what you will about this administration (and I will), but who ever doctored that photo is an IDIOT, and if Iran’s publicity machine knew it was doctored before they released it, they’re idiots.

    And I don’t see how they couldn’t have known it was doctored either.

    You know, if you’re going to play at the planet’s “adult table”, you really, really, need to make sure you don’t have idiots in your propaganda office.

  41. YokoYoko says:

    “Relax, Mansoor, we’ll fix it in Photoshop.”

  42. jim says:

    I think it’s interesting to note that the two photos on the NYTimes website appear to have been taken at slightly different times, as well. In the top, doctored photo, the rocket trails are obviously longer than in the bottom, undoctored one, but the difference in time is likely tenths of a second. I wonder if something else happened with that unfired missile in the bottom photo, like it went in the wrong direction, or exploded on the truck?

  43. Takuan says:

    the government of Iran are idiots, the people of Iran have the same percentage of idiots as your own country. Think about it.

  44. pheltzel says:

    Seriously late, and crude, but better than never, and sort of amusing:

  45. Nelson.C says:

    I noticed last night on the video that in one shot there was a missile that stayed on its launcher and wondered about it. I thought that perhaps the missiles were being volleyed and the unlaunched missile was part of the next volley. But if the doctored shot did come out of Iran, then it’s suggestive that that was a launch failure. In which case, they’ve just drawn attention to it.

  46. ViolettVerq says:

    This looks shopped.


  • JenniferFolly says:

    What’s the big deal? This is standard operating practice for all countries, particularly in the military realm where misdirection is often desired (e.g., the addition or deletion of elements to mask the true capability).

  • giantman says:

    Hey everyone, I saw this in the paper today! Bad news for the previous expert?

  • Xeni Jardin says:

    #7GreyNotGrey, not bad! But could you, I don’t know, go a little more peanut butter jelly time with it?

  • IWood says:

    Is that Bigfoot? All the way on the left, next to the edge of the cloud!

  • grey not grey says:

    oops, forgot to post the page link for my #7 post there. Sorry.

  • Drewkulele says:

    From the “Better Late Than Never” department, here’s my 2-cents worth:

  • Falcon_Seven says:

    Obviously they suck at Photoshop and were only using about $75.00 worth of the software.

  • RickB says:

    It’s also an old picture
    only carried by Sepah News the Revolutionary Guards media outfit, other Iranian media didn’t use the pic, which shows western media were far more easily duped. Perhaps willingly so as it feeds pro-attack paranoia.
    Also the reference -nuclear missile seeks the heavens.- while light hearted does obliquely associate Iran with nuclear weapons which they do not have, they don’t even have nuclear power yet. Interestingly in this current media landscape Iran is never associated with WMD’s because that would make the connection to the lies that preceded the Iraq invasion and make the current propaganda less effective. Despite it being an almost direct replay.

  • corpse 1 says:

    Here’s my rendition. I fixed up a number of inaccuracies for them:

  • Kevlar says:

    @ #43 SquirrelMonkey: Here’s the orig for that one.

  • artbot says:

    I can’t help but think that poor artist who did this is getting (or already got) some “special treatment” from his bosses.

  • farmerdave says:

    #4: ‘You know, if you’re going to play at the planet’s “adult table”, you really, really, need to make sure you don’t have idiots in your propaganda office.’

    Why? We have one in the oval office.

  • Cpt. Tim says:

    its sad that a 2 minute photoshop job is already in my top ten photos for views in just over 2 hours.


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  • Another Aaron says:

    #19 : [laugh]

  • Daemon says:

    So it turns out that Iran doesn’t actually exist. The entire country is a gian media hoax.

  • Squirrelmonkey says:

    @#49 KEVLAR: Haha, whoops…yeah, yoinking images off of Google Image Search comes back to bite me–especially after I see ALL the great shots on there I could have used! ;)

  • cinemajay says:

    This is on MSNBC now. They’ve reiterated the “doctored the photo to hide the fact that the fourth missle failed” theory.

  • TheBlueOne says:

    Iran has an entirely new biological weapon system as well:

  • Kabur Naj says:

    @#78, Wow! That looks just like a screen capture of the Batman movie that I watched (or at least what it *would* look like if a remake were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer). In the movie, the shark even explodes!

  • liberpolly says:

    Why do you attribute this to NYT? This was first reported by LGF, the same people who first reported Dan Rather’s “fake but accurate” memo forgery:

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  • GeekMan says:

    These are all gold. It’s late, but I just gotta throw one more in:

  • jimh says:

    @theblueone: Awesome.

  • revmoola says:

    Sorry to be late to the party.

    Here’s proof of the inevitable western retaliation: this is an original undoctored photo*.

    *that I made

  • The Jones Ultimatum says:

    Good Lord.
    That is just too much.

    Of course,the signal has been propagated now to the worlds media,and thus into global consciousness so nothing we discuss can change the intended message.

    Even though WE KNOW.

    The future does indeed look bright…too bright.

    Helpful advanced extra terrestrial species,NOW would be a good time to reveal yourselves-as it seems no amount of voting or protests can turn this horror around.

    JonesUltimatum,massively cheesed off
    (but hopeful as always,that we can somehow reach our potential without killing our brothers and sisters in any foreign land -in fact it may be the only way. )
    I am seriously cheesed off with all of this .This is not how we are supposed to live for gods sake.

    over and out for tonight.

    Meditation required.Rant over.Sorry.

  • giantman says:

    Ok, I’m late to this but I’ve been working all day. I’ve been following the story and even blogged about it earlier. However, I was able to obtain at some cost to human lives, the original, unaltered photo from our strike team!

    See it here:

    Or here:

  • Kieran O'Neill says:

    #1: Antinous, in South Africa, the week they invaded Iraq, our independent unpaid TV channel (OK, we only have one) showed Wag the Dog as its Saturday-night movie.

    We lolled.

    #6: This was the Revolutionary Guard, not the government. (They do just happen to control about half the country’s military, but are more or less free of governmental control.) Iran’s a bit of a strange one…

  • BadKittyM says:

    See, my problem was that every time I saw the picture, I couldn’t help but think “what’s so threatening about Iran shooting little finishing nails into the sky?”

    Guess you could put an eye out.

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