The US embassy in Moscow ridiculed a Russian television channel after it posted a picture of the ambassador crudely photoshopped into an opposition rally. The Ren TV channel claimed in headlines that US Ambassador John Tefft “was sent to the opposition rally” held Sunday, posting a picture of him facing a media scrum with protesters in the background. But the the US embassy said that the ambassador was nowhere near the protest and the “fake” picture involved a photo of the envoy at an event in February with the protest pasted into the background. “Ambassador Tefft spent his day off at home, but one can end up anywhere thanks to Photoshop,” the embassy said on its official Facebook page, posting joke pictures of Tefft in a Moon landing and at a hockey match. “Russia’s Ren TV published a fake,” wrote embassy spokesman Will Stevens. The channel backtracked on Monday, saying they merely shared a picture which was “launched by bloggers” and offered its “apologies due to publishing misinformation.”
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