The Muscatine Journal, embedded thumbnail

Update: Thumbnail image added

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Our friend Hermitian is still struggling with the work flow relating to the Muscatine Journal PDF. While the ‘author’, ‘title’ and subject tag may have caused some confusion as to the true author, I have shown how a simple importing of the jpeg provided by AP creates J Scott Applewhite as the author.

Now Hermitian is excited that he has found an embedded thumbnail in the file. Again, as I will show, the simple workflow explains all this. See the ’embed page thumbnail’ part🙂

CS6 PS SettingsHermitian: To the contrary, for NBC’s claim to be true, the Muscatine technician would have had to strip all the METADATA from “ap_obama_certificate_dm_110427.pdf” and then with Photoshop CS2 create entirely new METADATA for “4db82608b486f.pdf”. Thus he would have to type in the lines which credit the AP, Scott Applewhite, the AP caption writer and all the references to Washington DC and NOT enter a single line which identifies the Muscatine Journal, himself and the city and state of Muscatine Iowa. And the lines that credit the AP, Applewhite, the caption writer, and Washington DC all begin with the label /</photoshop: embedded within the METADATA.

I just did the experiment Hermitian. You should have done so as well🙂 Diligence…

Hermitian is still unfamiliar with the metadata of the AP JPEG. He foolishly extract the metadata from the PDF but forgets that the embedded JPEG contains a lot of metadata…

For example

AP MetadataOh and the metadata… Really Hermitian…

2 0 obj
<</Length 30459/Subtype/XML/Type/Metadata>>stream
<?xpacket begin="" id="W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d"?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="Adobe XMP Core 5.5-c014 79.151481, 2013/03/13-12:09:15        ">
   <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#">
      <rdf:Description rdf:about=""
            xmlns:photoshop="http://ns.adobe.com/photoshop/1.0/"
            xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
            xmlns:xmpMM="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/mm/"
            xmlns:stEvt="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/sType/ResourceEvent#"
            xmlns:stRef="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/sType/ResourceRef#"
            xmlns:xmp="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/"
            xmlns:xmpGImg="http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/g/img/"
            xmlns:pdf="http://ns.adobe.com/pdf/1.3/">
         <photoshop:LegacyIPTCDigest>B015085645EC2F47BC93D5C65CB4B3F7</photoshop:LegacyIPTCDigest>
         <photoshop:Category>A</photoshop:Category>
         <photoshop:Instructions>HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE</photoshop:Instructions>
         <photoshop:DateCreated>2011-04-27T08:53:21</photoshop:DateCreated>
         <photoshop:AuthorsPosition>STF</photoshop:AuthorsPosition>
         <photoshop:City>Washington</photoshop:City>
         <photoshop:State>DC</photoshop:State>
         <photoshop:Country>USA</photoshop:Country>
         <photoshop:TransmissionReference>DCSA103</photoshop:TransmissionReference>
         <photoshop:Credit>AP</photoshop:Credit>
         <photoshop:Source>AP</photoshop:Source>
         <photoshop:CaptionWriter>JSA RCL**DC**</photoshop:CaptionWriter>
         <photoshop:ColorMode>3</photoshop:ColorMode>
         <dc:format>application/pdf</dc:format>
         <dc:title>
            <rdf:Alt>
               <rdf:li xml:lang="x-default">Obama</rdf:li>
            </rdf:Alt>
         </dc:title>
         <dc:creator>
            <rdf:Seq>
               <rdf:li>J. Scott Applewhite</rdf:li>
            </rdf:Seq>
         </dc:creator>
         <dc:description>
            <rdf:Alt>
               <rdf:li xml:lang="x-default">This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)</rdf:li>
            </rdf:Alt>
         </dc:description>

31 thoughts on “The Muscatine Journal, embedded thumbnail

  1. Hah! I just smacked Hermie with the same thing (Embed Page Thumbnails). Took 30 seconds to find that saving a pdf in Photoshop has that as an option, and I don’t even have Photoshop on this computer.

  2. NBC

    “Our friend Hermitian is still struggling with the work flow relating to the Muscatine Journal PDF. While the ‘author’, ‘title’ and subject tag may have caused some confusion as to the true author, I have shown how a simple importing of the jpeg provided by AP creates J Scott Applewhite as the author.”

    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    Nope! You are the one who’s tied in knots over your fictitious workflow.

    There’s that little problem that there IS NO JPEG image of the pale-Blue reporter’s handout copy of the Obama LFCOLB that was created by Scott Applewhite of the AP. Instead there is a gazillion JPEG copies that were created by tons of different news outlets — all from the Applewhite PDF image of the pale-Blue reporter’s handout copy. (Or maybe from some other news outlet’s JPEG copy).

    Now you have managed to create this fictional Applewhite JPEG copy by applying your freetoy JPEG extractor to some unknown file. So are we talking about the real work flow or about your imaginary work flow? Because if we are talking about your imaginary work flow then I could care less.

    However, if we are talking about the real work flow, then as always you don’t know what you are talking about.

  3. WKV

    W. Kevin Vicklund says:

    August 6, 2013 at 00:11

    “Hah! I just smacked Hermie with the same thing (Embed Page Thumbnails). Took 30 seconds to find that saving a pdf in Photoshop has that as an option, and I don’t even have Photoshop on this computer.”
    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    Too bad because if you did have Photoshop on your computer then you would have learned that Applewhite’s PDF file doesn’t open in Photoshop. Instead it returns a fatal error.

    And, by the way there are three images in the Muscatine PDF if you count the thumb image (that’s embedded in the Metadata).

    You’re a little rusty after all that vacation Chief.

  4. Too bad because if you did have Photoshop on your computer then you would have learned that Applewhite’s PDF file doesn’t open in Photoshop. Instead it returns a fatal error.

    So what? Why should I care that a PDF created by ABC about 34 minutes after Applewhite created the original JPEG doesn’t open in the program used to create the JPEG? Applewhite didn’t create the ABC PDF any more than he created the Muscatine PDF.

  5. There’s that little problem that there IS NO JPEG image of the pale-Blue reporter’s handout copy of the Obama LFCOLB that was created by Scott Applewhite of the AP.

    Have you tried to extract the jpeg that makes up the AP PDF or have you tried to order the JPEG? Have you noticed how several of them contain the same metadata.

    You’re hilarious Hermitian. You make claims that are trivial to debunk.

    And the walls come tumbling down and there is nothing poor Hermitian can do about it.

    Funny how he confused the author tag in the Muscatine PDF as evidence that Applewhite created the PDF, even though a much more logical and simple workflow has been shown.

    Time after time, our friend raises issues that are trivially put to rest.

  6. Applewhite didn’t create the ABC PDF any more than he created the Muscatine PDF.

    Hermitian still does not understand how these PDFs were created from their source file. They actually are based on the same JPEG as the metadata shows.

    He still does not get it. The Muscatine Journal did not open the PDF and extracted the image or edited it. They imported the JPEG they acquired from AP, edited it in Photoshop, and saved it to PDF.

    How hard is all of this to understand? It matches up with all that we know, including the application of common sense. Heck even Hermitian observed the common sense dictates that the AP did not share the AP PDF.

    Ask yourself, how do customers acquire AP assets and in what format?

  7. And, by the way there are three images in the Muscatine PDF if you count the thumb image (that’s embedded in the Metadata).

    Now there are three, I guess the colorful one was just a fluke… Time to admit or explain the exact steps. I have found the thumbnail, the jpeg and there is a higher resolution JPEG embedded in the ‘psd’ file.

    So simple… But so irrelevant.

  8. Check out this photo, timestamped as 6:10 am July 31. That would be 2 minutes after sunrise, yet it looks more like late morning or early afternoon. Say, maybe about 10 am?

  9. Basic research… It’s part of what a good investigator continues to do. Question everything.

  10. NBC

    “Hermitian still does not understand how these PDFs were created from their source file. They actually are based on the same JPEG as the metadata shows.

    “He still does not get it. The Muscatine Journal did not open the PDF and extracted the image or edited it. They imported the JPEG they acquired from AP, edited it in Photoshop, and saved it to PDF.

    “How hard is all of this to understand? It matches up with all that we know, including the application of common sense. Heck even Hermitian observed the common sense dictates that the AP did not share the AP PDF.

    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    From the same fictitious JPEG you say ? The one that Applewhite never produced ?
    You do know that the recommended camera image format for B & W text and line art is TIFF ? (Not that I am admitting that Applewhite actually used a camera to create his two PDFs).

    So maybe his knowledge as a photographer is why he chose TIFF as the image format when he scanned the near-White paper original to produce his Photoshop PDF image.
    Because that’s what the Muscatine PDF file METADATA clearly shows:

    || xmlns:tiff=”http://ns.adobe.com/tiff/1.0/”> ||
    ||1||
    ||2000000/10000||
    ||2000000/10000||
    ||2||

    ||256,257,258,259,262,274,277,284,530,531,282,283,296,301,318,319,529,532,306,270,271,272,305,315,33432;CCABA71D56CC7C0AED63B699FAD11072||
    ||||
    ||||
    ||1739||
    ||2071||
    ||-1||

    And don’t forget those strong color fringes on the Muscatine PDF image. And the weak color fringes on the AP PDF are barely discernible.

    NBC — You really shouldn’t just make up your storyline as you go.

  11. The Muscatine PDF METADATA re-cycled

    || rdf:Description rdf:about=
    || xmlns:tiff=”http://ns.adobe.com/tiff/1.0/” ||
    || tiff:Orientation || 1 || /tiff:Orientation ||
    || tiff:XResolution || 2000000/10000 || /tiff:XResolution ||
    || tiff:YResolution || 2000000/10000 || /tiff:YResolution ||
    || tiff:ResolutionUnit || 2 || tiff:ResolutionUnit ||

    ||tiff:NativeDigest>256,257,258,259,262,274,277,284,530,531,282,283,296,301,318,319,529,532,306,270,271,272,305,315,33432;CCABA71D56CC7C0AED63B699FAD11072
    || exif:NativeDigest || 36864,40960,40961,37121,37122,40962,40963,37510,40964,
    36867,36868,33434,33437,34850,34852,34855,34856,37377,37378,37379,37380,37381,37382,37383,37384,37385,37386,37396,41483,41484,41486,41487,41488,41492,41493,41495,41728,41729,41730,41985,41986,41987,41988,41989,41990,41991,41992,41993,41994,41995,41996,42016,0,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,20,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,30;9C9628BCF865807A6FAE92CB93FF1601 || /exif:NativeDigest ||
    || /rdf:Description ||
    || rdf:Description rdf:about=””||
    || xmlns:pdf=”http://ns.adobe.com/pdf/1.3/” ||
    || pdf:Producer || Adobe Photoshop for Windows — Image Conversion Plug-in</pdf:Producer ||
    || /rdf:Description ||

  12. Ah, I see Hermie still hasn’t figured out that like most blog software, WordPress strips out invalid HTML, thus anything contained within angle brackets (the < and > symbols, if I have my HTML correct) that isn’t a supported HTML command.

  13. W. Kevin Vicklund says:

    ” August 6, 2013 at 12:12

    “Hey Hermie, for a mere $30 you can also get a copy of the Applewhite JPEG, found here.”

    Where on your web page does it say that the image will be provided as a JPEG ?

    My guess would be that my $30 would get a printout for framing and, because I’m not an editor (or an Obot), a warning from the AP that my name had been reported to the DOJ.

  14. Here’s the entirety of the tiff metadata:

    <rdf:Description rdf:about=””
    xmlns:tiff=”http://ns.adobe.com/tiff/1.0/”>
    <tiff:Orientation>1</tiff:Orientation>
    <tiff:XResolution>2000000/10000</tiff:XResolution>
    <tiff:YResolution>2000000/10000</tiff:YResolution>
    <tiff:ResolutionUnit>2</tiff:ResolutionUnit>
    <tiff:NativeDigest>256,257,258,259,262,274,277,284,530,531,282,283,296,301,318,319,529,532,306,270,271,272,305,315,33432;CCABA71D56CC7C0AED63B699FAD11072</tiff:NativeDigest>
    </rdf:Description>

    All it says is that, if there is a TIFF, by default it should have a certain orientation and resolution (there’s also a checksum). It does not indicate that there is in fact a TIFF contained within the file. Note that the preceding entry in the metadata is for the embedded thumbnail (yes, the thumbnail image is actually embedded in the metadata!).

  15. Where on your web page does it say that the image will be provided as a JPEG ?

    You’ve repeatedly asserted that it is a PDF. Where does it say that?

    My guess would be that my $30 would get a printout for framing and, because I’m not an editor (or an Obot), a warning from the AP that my name had been reported to the DOJ.

    Nope, $30 got me a JPEG file and a 1-day, 100k-view license to use the picture on my blog for editorial purposes. I wrote an editorial on my blog, included the picture, and then deleted the post after 20 seconds, fulfilling the licensing agreement while ensuring that I wouldn’t accidentally violate it. The metadata are identical to that of the JPEG extracted from the ABC LFBC.

  16. WKV

    “You’ve repeatedly asserted that it is a PDF. Where does it say that?”

    The ABC link to the Applewhite copy:

    http://abcnews.go.com/images/Politics/ap_obama_certificate_dm_110427.pdf

    “The metadata are identical to that of the JPEG extracted from the ABC LFBC.”

    So I guess that somebody extracted a JPEG from Applewhite’s 2nd PDF posted on the ABC web site.

    Now why would anybody do that when he could just read the METADATA of the PDF from which he had extracted his JPEG ? Especially when you say the METADATA are the same in the JPEG as in the PDF ?

  17. The ABC link to the Applewhite copy:

    But the ABC copy has a completely different timestamp from the APImages copy (and not merely a time zone difference). It is also not hosted by AP. Therefore, we know that it is not the same file.

    Let’s recap the proposed workflows:

    Obot workflow:

    1. Applewhite receives packet with copy of LFBC and other documents at 8:48 am EDT.
    2. Applewhite takes digital photos of these documents, and downloads them from his camera (and possibly changes them to JPEG if they weren’t already) at 8:53 am EDT.
    3. Applewhite sends the JPEGs to his branch office in DC
    4. RCL adds the caption to the AP wire, where they are assigned transmission numbers based on his location and initials
    5. AP adds the JPEG files to APImages, normallizing the timestamp to PST (as confirmed by APImages Customer Support this morning)
    6. ABC downloads the Applewhite JPEG and converts it to PDF starting at 9:28 am EDT and ending at 9:29 am, in a manner that did not copy the metadata from the JPEG
    7. Muscatine Journal created a separate PDF from the AP JPEG, but cropped it and used the Equalize command to get rid of the light grey (perceived as blue) background using Photoshop, in a manner that copied the JPEG metadata. This was started at 9:00 am CDT and finished at 9:01 am CDT, and the user did not disable “Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities” or “Embed Page Thumbnails”
    8. Numerous news sites use the AP JPEG without changing it to a PDF

    That seems rather straightforward.

    Hermitian workflow:

    1. Applewhite creates or puts the last touches on the cropped PDF at 4:53 am EDT despite not being employed by the Whitehouse and puts himself as the author
    2. Applewhite sends the file to the Whitehouse
    3. The Whitehouse somehow uses the file to create the printouts and WH LFBC, even though the Applewhite PDF is cropped
    4. Applewhite sends the PDF to the AP wire, but forgets that it will have a timestamp before the press release.
    4. Applewhite then saves the PDF as a JPEG at 8:53 am EDT and then converts it back to a PDF at 9:00 am EDT so that it will have a timestamp after the press conference, but forgets to update the caption.
    5. Applewhite hacks APImages to replace the PDF
    6. ABC downloads the revised PDF
    7. Applewhite realizes his caption error, and creates a new PDF for the Muscatine Journal using the JPEG extracted from the revised PDF
    8. Applewhite hacks the APImages site to replace the revised PDF with the JPEG, and modifies the APImages site so that all timestamps are now normalized to PST in case someone notices the change in timestamps from the original.

    Hermitian’s workflow seems rather farfetched.

  18. So I guess that somebody extracted a JPEG from Applewhite’s 2nd PDF posted on the ABC web site.

    Now why would anybody do that when he could just read the METADATA of the PDF from which he had extracted his JPEG ? Especially when you say the METADATA are the same in the JPEG as in the PDF ?

    I didn’t say that the METADATA in the JPEG was the same as in the PDF. I said that the metadata of the downloaded JPEG was the same as the metadata of the JPEG extracted from the PDF. The metadata of the PDF itself is different than the metadata of the two JPEGs.

  19. From the same fictitious JPEG you say ? The one that Applewhite never produced ?
    You do know that the recommended camera image format for B & W text and line art is TIFF ? (Not that I am admitting that Applewhite actually used a camera to create his two PDFs).

    The AP describes the preferred work flow involving JPEG’s. So far, all the files at the AP site appear to be jpeg. We have seen examples of the jpeg on the site as DCSA103, we have seen them embedded inside the AP PDF and somehow Hermitian ‘insists’ that this is ‘wrong’…

    He has problems with what the facts and data are showing us.

  20. Ah, I see Hermie still hasn’t figured out that like most blog software, WordPress strips out invalid HTML, thus anything contained within angle brackets (the symbols, if I have my HTML correct) that isn’t a supported HTML command

    Hermitian takes his time to get familiar with basic encodings. He still prefers looking at a PDF through his favorite tool ‘Illustrator’. But he misses out on so much data…

  21. I bet he’s tearing his hair out trying to figure out how I got all those lovely &lt:angle brackets> to display.

  22. I bet he’s tearing his hair out trying to figure out how I got all those lovely <angle brackets> to display.

    ROTFL, you’re funny…

  23. Oops, held the shift key and typed &lt: instead of &lt;

    Hermie! A clue!! Can you figure it out?

  24. Hermie still hasn’t produced any evidence that the ABC PDF was what Applewhite produced. All the evidence gathered so far, including data contained within the ABC PDF, indicates that it was created by converting the JPEG with all the Applewhite METADATA into a PDF.

  25. I was tempted to correct it but Hermitian can use a bit of help… But he has not been very effective at deductive reasoning so far.

  26. Hermie still hasn’t produced any evidence that the ABC PDF was what Applewhite produced. All the evidence gathered so far, including data contained within the ABC PDF, indicates that it was created by converting the JPEG with all the Applewhite METADATA into a PDF.

    Which makes a lot of sense of course but Hermitian appears to have been confused by how Photoshop copies certain JPEG data into the author/subject/title parts of the PDF.

    This led him to some pretty interesting accusations.

  27. Hermitian: Where on your web page does it say that the image will be provided as a JPEG ?

    Pure logic and reasoning. Try to fit a TIFF into the size of the document without using lossy compression… Come on Hermitian, other than the fact that Kevin already explained that he got a JPEG…

    I am amazed that you never thought about doing what he has done… I was tempted but given the available data, I thought it obvious that the document was in fact a JPEG (the AP ‘best practices’ suggest JPEG’s as well). Perhaps I had overestimated my audience a bit.

    Image Resolution: 2698 x 3234 1.43 MB

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