Does BP Need Photoshop Lessons?
Once again, BP has been caught in a crisis of its own making. The revelation that it used Photoshop to alter images of the Command Center monitoring the Gulf oil spill crisis does not lend strength to the petroleum behemoth’s credibility.
BP says there is “nothing sinister” in the image alteration. What it apparently did is add some images to video screens that were blank in the original image. It seems reasonable to think the PR folks thought it might seem like a bad thing to have blank screens monitoring the situation. They would be right about that, of course. One has to wonder why the screens were blank during critical hours at the Command Center, and what should have been being monitored that wasn’t...
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