Manipulation Or Not?

Some of us at UCT come from the photojournalism world where manipulating a photo is forbidden (as in you could get fired). This kind of integrity runs deep in the industry.

The Washington Post got a few people's interest cranked up when they ran an HDR photo on the front page. Since HDR photos are created by merging a number of photos, is the result a "manipulated" photo?.

The Washington Post clearly captioned the photo as a "composite". The question is, were journalistic standards violated by running this photo?