Newspaper says it was wrong to remove Dean’s cigarette

The Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News has admitted that it erred earlier this month when it doctored a photograph of James Dean to remove an unlit cigarette dangling from his lips. Managing editor Rick Hall told the Associated Press. “It was a mistake the way it happened. It’s one of those things you hate to fess up to.” The alteration of the photograph was first pointed out by Paul Rolly and JoAnn Jacobsen-Wells, columnists for the rival Salt Lake Tribune. (The Deseret News is owned by the Mormon church.) Hall told the AP: “I don’t want to back away. We did want the cigarette to be less dominant. but when you start messing around with a picture, that’s wrong.”