There was a time when a picture could be considered absolute proof that something happened, It would show what, where, who, and sometimes even the when of something happening. It can be used for everything from saving precious moments to share at a later time to convicting criminals of all sorts of crimes. Not any more. Image manipulation software has rendered these uses suspect at best unless you were there and knew it really happened.
What is particularly disturbing is when dishonest people use these technologies to impugn someones character by altering images to depict actions that did not occur. Most recently and common is it’s use by political operatives to smear an opponent unfairly to try and sway the electorate. When these “doctored” or “photoshopped” images are put together with social media the damage can be devastating to a candidate. Here is a perfect example below.
I found this image posted on my Facebook wall with the caption
“Look at Trump, he’s not pledging alligence…I wonder how many will complain, if that was Obama… It would be national news”.
In the image I lifted from the youtube video of the debate it is clear that Donald Trump did in fact have his hand placed over his heart during the national anthem. To add to the false narrative the poster said the picture was taken during the pledge of allegiance when it was actually the national anthem.
Your welcome to see for yourself at around the 3:15 mark in the video.
Now I don’t care if your a Donald Trump fan or if you absolutely loath the man this is unacceptable for anyone at any time. Our political system is in shambles and we are being lied to. This is just one case of the deceivers manipulating us through our social media. Do not believe everything you see or read. Question everything. The only way I discovered this was that I thought it just didn’t look right so I dug just a little bit. Those hungry for power will stop at nothing to get it including ruining reputations by lying to you.
God bless you and God lift America from the depths we have sunk.
[UPDATE] Although I sometimes question the conclusions of Snopes they have since confirmed the facts of this article HERE