News editors at Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency have been caught using a Photoshopped image to depict the country’s missile program.
How do we know?
For starters, it’s pretty unlikely Jar Jar Binks has suddenly taken up residence in Tehran.
The Atlantic Wire spotted something amiss in the photo for a news item about the country’s missile program Friday. A little Internet digging turned up the image, which first appeared on the Internet in 2008 after Iran was caught digitally tampering with an image of its missile tests.
During that time, a number of clever news watchers produced a series of prank versions of the Iran missile launch like this one and this one, which transformed the embarrassing episode into a funny Internet meme. Humorously, it appears Iran is now using images from the meme it created to depict its own missile program. Even more humorously, it appears the Photoshopped image MNA picked includes a photo of loathed Star Wars prequel character Jar Jar Binks.
Take a closer look:
The image was still on the Mehr News Agency website Sunday morning.