Politicians have been spreading political lies with fake photographs since the days of Lincoln, long before Photoshop and all the other high-tech image manipulation tools available to computer users today. Doctored photos of Lincoln, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and even Oprah have appeared throughout the years.
Researchers at the Library of Congress determined that a famous picture of Ulysses S. Grant from the Civil War was a fake. The image is actually a compilation of three separate photos: the head is actually from a portrait of Grant, the horse and body are Major General Alexander McCook and the background is Confederate prisoners captured during battle in Fisher's Hill, Virginia.
The company FourAndSix put together a history of fake photos. You will notice that the majority of them are political photos. Hitler and Stalin both airbrushed out people they were no longer friendly with. Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King airbrushed King George VI out of a picture with Queen Elizabeth and used it as a campaign poster.
All this image manipulation was done in pre-computer days. If technology is truly advancing, why couldn't "they" create a better quality fake birth certificate for President Obama? If his birth certificate is really a fake, shouldn't it be of such extreme high quality that it would take several researchers at the Library of Congress to determine its origin?
It's kind of depressing to think that you can't even trust that old photos printed in history books are authentic. The political lies will keep coming though, believe it or not.