BP Can't Do Anything Right: Now it Alters Photos

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Not only does BP have problems with exploding oil rigs and stopping oil leaks, it also has issues with fraud -- as in faking photographs.

A photo on BP's Web site shows its high tech control room from which it monitors the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. You'll notice on the photo that all of the screens show an image of the leak:

But here's the problem -- John Aravosis of AMERICAblog found the original photo, and saw that it had been altered. It seems there were three screens that were actually blank, and someone photoshopped the images on the screens. Here's the original photo:

BP spokesman Scott Dean told The Washington Post that this was no diabolical plot. Rather, he said a BP photographer just put the images in on his own.

"Normally we only use Photoshop for the typical purposes of color correction and cropping. 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," Dean said. "We've instructed our post-production team to refrain from doing this in the future."

The Post said it best when it wrote, "Apparently BP is no more adept at doctoring photos than it is at plugging deep-sea oil leaks."