But what happens when we have a news story with an attached photograph that is almost certainly, obviously modified? Should it be used anyway, or modified, faked if you will, to be less apparently false?
Is lying allowed if it increases the likelihood that an otherwise true story will be believed?
Anyone looking at it, though, might reasonably think it had been modified, and therefore, perhaps it should have been modified, possibly for a second time, to make it appear less manipulated even if by doing so it was in reality more manipulated. Or would this be even worse, hiding from the public as it were the evidence of the original modification?
Believe it or else, this is an important topic in the aesthetics and practice of visual effects. In visual effects we often have the problem that something that is correct (either in real life or because our simulation says it is correct) looks wrong. And in visual effects, something that looks wrong will not achieve its purpose with the audience and will call attention to itself in an undesirable manner.
Now on the other hand, if our purpose was to show our convicted arsonist had been possessed by the Devil, then this photograph, modified or not, would have been just fine.