Iran Caught Photoshopping Claimed Drone Invention

The Iranian military recently announced that its “scientists” had created a drone program that successfully built the first Iranian drone capable of vertical takeoff and landings. The Mullahs also released a photo to prove to the world that they had done so. But the photo of the “Iranian drone” came as a surprise to the folks at the Japanese university where the photo and the drone really came from.

For whatever reason newswire service Reuters reported the Iranian’s claims on November 4. “Iran has built an advanced drone that can take off vertically and without a runway,” the wire service reported.

The Mullahs called their drone the Koker-1.

To accompany reports of their wondrous new drone program, the Iranians included a photo of their drone showing the craft floating just above the latticework at the top of some nondescript building.

It turns out, though, that this photo was stolen from a Japanese university. Aircraft enthusiast and blogger Gary Mortimer noticed that the photo the Iranians sent out as proof of the Koker-1 bore a suspicions similarity to a photo of a tilt-rotor UAV built by Japan’s Chiba University in 2008.

The only difference between the photo the Iranians tried to palm off on the world as the Koker-1 and the photo of the UAV from Chiba University is that the Iranians photoshopped out the wind blade devices that sat on top of the building in the Chiba U. shot.

So, it’s more like the Kroaker-1.

The Atlantic listed a few of the other outrageous claims recently made by the Iranians.

This isn’t the first time Iran has been caught manipulating reality: Just last month their state news agency was caught passing off a scene from the disaster-thriller The Day After Tomorrow as a real scene of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, and in 2008 the Iranian government released some doctored photos of a successful rocket launch. According to the Mehr news agency, the drone — whatever it does, or whether it even looks like the thing above — is scheduled to be unveiled for real in the coming weeks when, presumably, Iran upgrades to CS6.

The sad thing isn’t that the nuts in Iran continue to make such laughable claims all the time, but that the western media reports their claims straight as if they are all true. It takes bloggers to reveal the truth the to world because the Old Media establishment won’t do it.

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  • GarandFan

    And here I thought the MSM had “multiple layers of fact-checking”!

    • Carl

      “And here I thought the MSM had “multiple layers of fact-checking”!”

      From the article above: “The Atlantic listed a few of the other outrageous claims recently made by the Iranians.”

      and they go on to list a few of the claims, in the article they published titled “The Secret to Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop”.

      Yeah, Reuters tends to publish first then ask questions later. They try to be first and in the process overlook things like accuracy and facts. Others catch their errors then Reuter’s corrects the story.

      That never happens on Fox News or Wizbang. LOL… at least, not the part about catching errors and correcting them.

      Of course, you never notice that. Me neither, lol…

      • GarandFan

        That never happens on Fox News or Wizbang. LOL.

        Or MSNBC, or CBS, or ABC or NBC………………

      • You making stupid, ignorant statements doesn’t qualify as you “catching errors” on Wizbang and “correcting them.”

      • Brian_R_Allen

        …. I thought the Fascist (formerly “mainstream”) Media had multiple layers of fact-checking! ….

        They do.

        All overseen by Penn-State’s Jerry Sandusky School of Michael Peer-Reviewed Mann-Made Global Warming and Every Other Needed Fixed-Rate Fact Checking.

  • Commander_Chico

    The reason why the MSM reports these claims straight is because it helps the war propaganda.

    I wonder whether these stories actually come from Iran. Many people will only get the message: Iranians are a scary threat.

    Get with the program, Warner. You can’t simultaneously mock them for being bullshitters who can’t find their asses with both hands and Photoshop, and say they are a menace to the USA who must be destroyed.