My 3-year-old behaves more responsibly than BP

A blogger discovered that a crisis response photo posted prominently on BP’s website had been Photoshopped, quipping:

I guess if you’re doing fake crisis response, you might as well fake a photo of the crisis response center. Why do they need a fake photo at all? Don’t they have a real crisis response center they could have used?

The Washington Post reports BP’s confession:

Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP, said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration and provided [what he claimed to be] the original unaltered version. He said that a photographer working for the company had inserted the three images in spots where the video screens were blank.

“Normally we only use Photoshop for the typical purposes of color correction and cropping,” Dean said in an e-mail. “In this case they copied and pasted three ROV screen images in the original photo over three screens that were not running video feeds at the time.”

So, BP’s admitting it Photoshopped the photo to make its crisis center look much busier than it was. But BP didn’t explain the photo’s metadata that says it was taken in 2001:

the meta info for the photo says it was created in 2001, not July 16, 2010 as claimed on BP’s site. It looks like BP took a photo from 2001, and in order to make it look like the command center in July of 2010, they pasted pictures of the oil well leaking over the old photo….

We’re to believe that a professional photographer did this poor a job, for pay, for a huge corporate client? Really? No one would hire this photographer again if this is true. Oh, and the photographer added the fake screens to the photo, what, without BP’s permission?

And this was not a one-off fake. Here’s another photo BP apparently faked.

BP is thoroughly shameless. It can’t even tell the truth about innocuous things.

Posted by James on Wednesday, July 21, 2010