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Photo Alteration Scandal Hits ... 'The Daily Bugle'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Photo Alteration Scandal Hits ... 'The Daily Bugle'

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Need proof that photo alteration has entered the popular imagination? It's there in the Daily Bugle.

In Spiderman 3, the blockbuster that opened to record returns over the weekend, a Daily Bugle freelancer is fired when his editors realize he faked a front-page picture of Spiderman stealing an armload of cash.

When they learn of the fraud, the editors immediately decide to publish a retraction. "Sorry Spidey" reads the next day's front page.

It's a well-timed case of art imitating life, as several cases of questionable photo manipulation have surfaced at real-world newspapers in recent weeks.

In the film, the photo scandal is a major plot point. The Peter Parker/Spiderman character, played by Tobey Maguire, is a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. He is competing for a coveted staff job with another freelancer, Eddie Brock (Topher Grace). Their gruff editor, J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson) declares that whoever can take Spiderman down a peg - producing a photo that catches him with his hands in the cookie jar - will get the job. …

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