The Sacramento Bee has apologized to readers for running a photograph in their Sunday newspaper that had been digitally altered. The photo was a composite of two pictures of birds taken at the Galt Winter Bird Festival. The photographer, staffer Bryan Patrick, has been suspended pending an investigation.
From the newspaper’s apology:
The Bee’s ethics policy strictly forbids such manipulation of documentary photographs. It is considered a violation of our core values, as it misrepresents the accuracy of the event. When we alter a photograph for illustrative purposes, we disclose that at the time of publication.
The altered image was caught after a reader called the paper to complain that it looked suspicious. Click on the photos at right to enlarge, and check out the plants. You’ll see what that reader was talking about.