See anything odd about the dead man in the photo?
Notice how his hands are dusty, but his torso and face are not? How clean his shorts are? How he’s perspiring? How he has a hat neatly tucked under his left elbow?
He’s not dead. He’s posing. Proof supplied by Michelle Malkin and others. (photo published by New York Times)
The Blogosphere has uncovered an ever-widening pattern of falsified photographs from photojournalists in southern Lebanon, all favoring Hezbollah. A number of instances have been uncovered, displaying at least four different types of fraud: 1) photographs digitally altered to make them seem more dramatic; 2) photo ops staged by Hezbollah but presented as though they were spontaneous news events; 3) photographers themselves staging photographs and presenting them as spontaneous news events; and 4) false or misleading captions added to photographs taken at another time or place. Most of the offenses have been published by the Reuters News Service, but there’s at least one instance of staged photos by an Associated Press photographer, published in the New York Times. A fine summary of the scandal appears here at ZombieTime, a blog spot apparently maintained by a professional photographer. The four categories of fraud were Zombie’s analysis, not mine.
Short version: News agencies appear to be helping Hezbollah manufacture public outrage, by manipulating the news. The correct name for this is “Propaganda.”
Do not trust what you read in the newspapers.
Here’s another instance displayed by Michelle Malkin. And here’s one called “The Passion of the Toys” — too funny.
The first, most widely known instance was uncovered by Little Green Footballs on Aug 5. Reuters allegedly fired the guy who doctored the photos, but they seem to have simply started publishing his work under a different name. Read about it at mypetjawa. (UPDATE: Jawa has retracted, there really are two photographers, but questions remain, here.)
EUReference has a series showing a man in a green helmet parading around with a dead child in his arms, apparently for hours, so he could be photographed by international news agencies. EUReference, again, has evidence of a staged photographic event, which they’ve called “Qana: The Director’s Cut.” It’s very complete, don’t miss this one. These are the images of the accidental bombing of civilians at Qana in southern Lebanon that the world has seen; they were apparently staged by Hezbollah. (NOTE: I’m not saying the incident never occurred; I AM saying that Hezbollah clearly cares more about propaganda than about rescuing civilians.)
Riehl World View shows a series of shots from Qana, and notes: “They certainly seem to be going to a lot of trouble to cover up what looks like a number of adult males, most likely Hezbollah fighters, while making sure that images of any children or women killed in Qana are fully exposed.”
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