This afternoon, CJR received a tip from Deputy Director of Photography at the San-Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen, alerting us to the occurrence of yet another episode (Remember this?) of photo alteration by the U.S. Army.
CJR contacted the AP’s Director of Photography, Santiago Lyon, who told us to keep an eye out for an AP story to be released sometime later this afternoon.
The photo in question—this time around—is of General Ann E. Dunwoody, who today became the first female ever to be appointed a four-star general.
Owen came across the photo of Dunwoody last night after it was released to the AP newswire. It “looked fishy” to him, Owen wrote in an e-mail to CJR.
“I did a little snooping on the Web and found the original photo of Gen. Dunwoody,” Owen wrote. “Sure enough, someone cut the background and replaced it with old glory. But, they didn’t stop there. They took about twenty years off her face.”
After Owen called the AP’s New York bureau, the AP issued the elimination on the photo. According to Owen, the Army issued a “real” photograph of Dunwoody this morning.
On the Army’s Web site, though, there is no record of the doctored photograph.
CJR contacted the Army’s Army Materiel Command—a branch of the Army that supplies weapons and equipment, among performing other duties—whose byline appears on the Army’s story on Dunwoody. The AMC, however, has yet to comment on the matter.
We’ll keep you updated on this developing story.