Scientology Sunday Funnies: Portland Is Now Cleared, On to the Rest of Earth! UPDATE: PHOTOSHOPPING? - 2013-05-12
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Washington Times reported that the Church of Scientology denies that it doctored this photo. We compared Scientology's photo of the crowd (which it estimated at 2,500) against photos taken by our correspondents (who said the crowd was more like 450 to 750 people) and pointed out that an entire row of shrubs had somehow been erased and there were people seemingly standing in a street that was actually empty. The church has been caught manipulating crowd shots in the past to inflate attendance at its events. Some of our own commenters pointed out that a very wide angle lens in the right position might create the effect in Scientology's image. We'll be interested to see further analysis of the image by experts. UPDATE: Please see our latest statement about Scientology's photo.