“This was, of course, photo-shoped”: Donald Trump blows photographer for edited image that shows him with an unflattering fake brown line – but still has “the hair looks good”
- Trump weighed in on a tweet that mocked him from a ‘Dutch Dane World Citizen’
- Photo taken on Friday shows Trump with ugly line of dark makeup
- Unflatte photos were taken by mysterious photographer William Moon
- Moon told DailyMail.com that he had modified the photo with editing software
- He is not in the White House press pool or in the service of the White House
- Still, the photographer regularly takes pictures at events at the White House
President Donald Trump has visited Twitter to criticize a photo that has been altered to show him with a flattering line around his face.
‘More fake news. This was of course photo shoped, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Nothing to hear! “Trump tweeted on Saturday, in response to a man from Denmark who mocked the photo as showing him in” orangeface.
The photo was taken on Friday at the White House South Lawn by mysterious photographer William Moon and appears to be considerably edited in comparison to other photos taken by the White House pool.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Moon admitted that he had changed the photo and said, “The photo has never been photoshopped, but has used the Apple smartphone photo app to adjust the color of the photo.”
An unprocessed polar photograph of the same time on Friday shows Trump with a much less striking line around his face than the William Moon photograph
Little is known about Moon, a mysterious figure who is a favorite among QAnon devotees, who search his photos and videos for clues that tie in with their pedophile-cabal conspiracy theory.
Moon is not employed by the White House, nor is he a member of the Association of White Photographers.
Moon, however, seems to have at least limited references to access to the White House and regularly publishes original photos and videos from open press events there.
Moon’s Twitter bio account reads: “Correspondent of the White House, Journalist, Photographer, Poet and Pesco Vegetarian.”
Other photos of the same event show a faint tan line around Trump’s face, but the contrast seems much higher than Moon’s photos
A corresponding Facebook page describes him in Korean as: “A man who wants to build a community with people who don’t eat meat.”
News photography experts from DailyMail.com have reviewed Trump’s photos posted on Moon’s Twitter account on Friday, one in color and one in black and white.
They concluded that both had gone through different steps of software editing to change the color balance and contrast, steps that are generally considered inappropriate for news photos.
Trump himself also made some jokes about his skin color and said in September that energy-saving lamps ‘make him look like always orange’.
A frequent visitor to the White House by the name of William Moon is preparing to photograph Trump in the Eastern Room of the White House on January 24
Moon posts photos of events at the White House using the Twitter handle @photowhitehouse. On Saturday, President Trump tweeted that one of Moon’s photos of him, taken the day before and showing a serious tanned line, was “more fake news”
The Washington Post responded with an in-depth article interviewing experts from various fields who claimed that lighting was not responsible for the skin color of the president.
The study concluded that atypically heavy application of bronzer, or perhaps artificial tanner, was probably the cause of Trump’s hue.
The White House has previously said that the President’s glow is due to “good genes” and the use of light powder before TV appearances.
Trump reportedly prefers his own makeup, private, and has refused the services of a White House makeup artist funded by taxpayers.