BP's Photoshopped Crisis Command Center Is Terrible On Every LevelS

This image was posted on BP's main website until yesterday. Look at all of those people working so hard to stem the oil disaster! Now look a little closer. Now be appalled that it's egregiously—and very poorly—photoshopped. UPDATED:

Americablog first caught the deception, which wasn't terribly hard to catch given what a sloppy job BP did. For the most part, it seems as though images of the current tragedy were cut and pasted on top of blank screens:

BP's Photoshopped Crisis Command Center Is Terrible On Every LevelS

Yeesh. And just for fun, here's a whole slew of terrible 'shopping from the main photo:

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And as if all that weren't bad enough, the file's metadata suggests the original shot was taken way back 2001:

BP's Photoshopped Crisis Command Center Is Terrible On Every LevelS

So what happened here, exactly? According to the Washington Post:

Scott Dean, a spokesman for BP, said that there was nothing sinister in the photo alteration and provided 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.

The idea that a "professional" could have done such a sloppy job is laughable on its face. And BP's posting of what they say is the undoctored photo does nothing to explain the metadata.

More to the point though: really, BP? You don't have an active enough crisis command center as it is? I know public relations are the most important thing you've got to worry about right now, but honestly this is pathetic.

UPDATE: BP has acknowledged that they manipulated the image and has posted the original here. [Americablog via Geekosystem]