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    Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Bold Distortions and Outright Lies

    A Reuters photo turns out to be an outright lie, manipulated to make damage in Beirut appear much worse than reality.

    The conflict between Israel and the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah has produced some of the most distorted and biased reporting we have seen in years. Despite evidence that Israel is taking unprecedented steps to avoid civilian casualties, some in the media have accused the IDF of using disproportionate force against a harmless civilian population. With little evidence to back up this claim, some are even resorting to outright fraud as in the following case.

    LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS EXPOSES REUTERS' LIE

    Little Green Footballs is a blog run by Charles Johnson that has frequently been the first to expose media distortions and other breaking news from the Middle East. Knowing just how far dishonest journalists will go when attacking Israel, Johnson was immediately suspicious when he noticed the following Reuters photograph that was sent to media outlets worldwide.



    Writing in LGF, Johnson claimed:

    This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop "clone" tool to add more smoke to the image.


    Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There's really no question about it. It's not only the plumes of smoke that were 'enhanced.' There are also cloned buildings.

    Faced with an onslaught of bloggers taking up the case and demonstrating how clearly the picture had been doctored, Reuters finally came clean and admitted that the picture was a lie. Attempting to stop the worldwide distribution, Reuters issued a "photo kill" and explained to news outlets:



    PICTURE KILL FOR LBN20 TRANSMITTED AT APPROXIMATELY 1408GMT ON AUGUST 5, 2006. PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE WAS IMPROPERLY USED ON THIS IMAGE. A CORRECTED VERSION WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THIS ADVISORY. PLEASE REMOVE THE IMAGE FROM YOUR SYSTEMS. WE ARE SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

    Reuters needs to explain clearly to the public several critical issues:

    Why did a Reuters photographer manipulate the images to make the damage look more severe than it was;
    How could Reuters editors not catch the fraud when a blogger and a group of amateur photographers noticed it easily;
    What steps is Reuters taking to punish those involved in the creation and distribution of this forgery and what Reuters is doing to prevent these hoaxes in the future.

    TOM GROSS EXPOSES MORE MEDIA MANIPULATION

    Journalist Tom Gross has published an article in the National Review entitled "The Media Aims Its Missiles." Here is a selection from that article that we find very revealing about the extent the media is being manipulated.

    A CNN MAN LETS SLIP

    "CNN senior international correspondent" Nic Robertson admitted that his anti-Israel report from Beirut on July 18 about civilian casualties in Lebanon, was stage-managed from start to finish by Hizbullah. He revealed that his story was heavily influenced by Hizbullah's "press officer" and that Hizbullah have "very, very sophisticated and slick media operations."

    When pressed a few days later about his reporting on the CNN program "Reliable Sources," Robertson acknowledged that Hizbullah militants had instructed the CNN camera team where and what to film. Hizbullah "had control of the situation," Robertson said. "They designated the places that we went to, and we certainly didn't have time to go into the houses or lift up the rubble to see what was underneath."

    Robertson added that Hizbullah has "very, very good control over its areas in the south of Beirut. They deny journalists access into those areas. You don't get in there without their permission. We didn't have enough time to see if perhaps there was somebody there who was, you know, a taxi driver by day, and a Hizbullah fighter by night."

    Yet "Reliable Sources," presented by Washington Post writer Howard Kurtz, is broadcast only on the American version of CNN. So CNN International viewers around the world will not have had the opportunity to learn from CNN's "Senior international correspondent" that the pictures they saw from Beirut were carefully selected for them by Hizbullah.

    Another journalist let the cat out of the bag last week. Writing on his blog while reporting from southern Lebanon, Time magazine contributor Christopher Allbritton, casually mentioned in the middle of a posting: "To the south, along the curve of the coast, Hezbollah is launching Katyushas, but I'm loathe to say too much about them. The Party of God has a copy of every journalist's passport, and they've already hassled a number of us and threatened one."

    Robertson is not the only foreign journalist to have misled viewers with selected footage from Beirut. NBC's Richard Engel, CBS's Elizabeth Palmer, and a host of European and other networks, were also taken around the damaged areas by Hizbullah minders. Palmer commented on her report that "Hizbullah is also determined that outsiders will only see what it wants them to see."

    Palmer's honesty is helpful. But it doesn't prevent the damage being done by organizations such as the BBC. First the BBC gave the impression that Israel had flattened the greater part of Beirut. Then to follow up its lop-sided coverage, its website helpfully carried full details of the assembly points for an anti-Israel march due to take place in London, but did not give any details for a rally in support of Israel also held in London a short time later.

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    There are so many examples of the "Photo propaganda" going on in the media right now in this war it is hard to keep up.

    The NY Times just got caught using a picture that not only appears to be staged (the injured man has his hat tucked under his arm) but they use a phony caption to lead people to believe this man is a victim of Israeli bombing.

    U.S. News and World Report's cover photo is a not a residential fire from an Israeli missile, it is a staged photo of a Hezbollah propaganda artist with a machine gun in hand observing a tire fire in a garbage dump.

    Then there are the endless "toys in the rubble" photos that keep being published that likely are staged. The majority of these toys appear to be brand new and not toys that just survived an explosion.

    Hezbollah vowed long ago to destroy Israel and have for years killed as many innocent people in Israel with their suicide attacks as possible. They then decide to start a war with them and amazingly, many of you on the left are siding with these barbarians. Why is it that many on the left can't see that Hezbollah is a ruthless terrorist organization that during this conflict, has been playing them and the main stream media like a cheap fiddle? Are you all really that gullible, or have you been willing participants in Hezbollah's sympathy propaganda?

    Whatever the case, it's time for you all wake up and realize that terrorism is the enemy to global peace, not Israel, America or George Bush.

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    so i guess we can ASSUME you have a SIDE to defend!?and exactly what is the BASIS for this ALLEGIANCE!?something about "truth,justice,and the american way!?"hehe!!LETS examine it MORE CLOSELY!?hehe!!JUST FOR FUN!!WHEEEEE!!war is FUN!!hehe!!BLOW ME UP!!SCOTTY!!hehe!!and as to your CLAIMS about the HUMANITARIAN CONCERN by israel for LIFE in GENERAL,i guess we can CONCLUDE from your APPRAISAL vs the FACTS OF LIFE.....which you DID NOT contradict in your POST,is this.......israel is INCOMPETENT or just a PLAIN LAIR!?.....WHO DECIDES,and WHY!?hehe!!just askin......actually,any intelligent person woulda just said to your post......shut up fearful loser!?hehe!!

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    Re: Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    There are so many examples of the "Photo propaganda" going on in the media right now in this war it is hard to keep up.

    The NY Times just got caught using a picture that not only appears to be staged (the injured man has his hat tucked under his arm) but they use a phony caption to lead people to believe this man is a victim of Israeli bombing.

    U.S. News and World Report's cover photo is a not a residential fire from an Israeli missile, it is a staged photo of a Hezbollah propaganda artist with a machine gun in hand observing a tire fire in a garbage dump.

    Then there are the endless "toys in the rubble" photos that keep being published that likely are staged. The majority of these toys appear to be brand new and not toys that just survived an explosion.

    Hezbollah vowed long ago to destroy Israel and have for years killed as many innocent people in Israel with their suicide attacks as possible. They then decide to start a war with them and amazingly, many of you on the left are siding with these barbarians. Why is it that many on the left can't see that Hezbollah is a ruthless terrorist organization that during this conflict, has been playing them and the main stream media like a cheap fiddle? Are you all really that gullible, or have you been willing participants in Hezbollah's sympathy propaganda?

    Whatever the case, it's time for you all wake up and realize that terrorism is the enemy to global peace, not Israel, America or George Bush.

    .
    i guess the COMMISION of SIMILAR ACTIVITIES and METHODS just tend to BLURR/enforce the REASONING of it ALL!?but not for YOU i see!?HOW SPECIAL is that!?hehe!!all BOW to MR.flag panties......he's a SWEETHEART......at heart!?hehe!!as long as you bow down(it's just temporary,he promises!?,it'll all be BETTER,....LATER!?)........hehe!!

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    Re: Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17
    Whatever the case, it's time for you all wake up and realize that terrorism is the enemy to global peace, not Israel, America or George Bush.

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    Since you two are so interested in the TRUTH ABOUT ISRAEL
    Here you go:

    IS ISRAEL BLACKMAILING AMERICA?
    FOX NEWS SPIKES FOUR PART STORY

    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/blackmail.html

    Israeli Spying:
    The Mother of all Scandals

    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/mo...lscandals.html


    UN warns Israel over torture reports

    Israel has been asked to review its practices
    By the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby in Geneva

    In its concluding report on Israel, the Committee also said it was unhappy with reports of torture and ill treatment towards Palestinian minors.

    The Committee, which is made up of 10 independent experts, said it was worried about methods allegedly used by the Israeli Security Forces which include sleep-deprivation and the use of incommunicado detention for both Palestinian adults and children.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/1672786.stm

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    Re: Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Hey PSB, what about the actions of Hezbollah?

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    Re: Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by Phinnly Slash Buster
    Since you two are so interested in the TRUTH ABOUT ISRAEL
    Here you go:

    IS ISRAEL BLACKMAILING AMERICA?
    FOX NEWS SPIKES FOUR PART STORY

    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/blackmail.html

    Israeli Spying:
    The Mother of all Scandals

    http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/mo...lscandals.html


    UN warns Israel over torture reports

    Israel has been asked to review its practices
    By the BBC's Emma Jane Kirby in Geneva

    In its concluding report on Israel, the Committee also said it was unhappy with reports of torture and ill treatment towards Palestinian minors.

    The Committee, which is made up of 10 independent experts, said it was worried about methods allegedly used by the Israeli Security Forces which include sleep-deprivation and the use of incommunicado detention for both Palestinian adults and children.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/1672786.stm
    So why is Israel blackmailing our media to make them look bad? Would it not be more worth their time to blackmail them into making them look good? Just a thought ;)

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    Re: Bold Distortions and Outright Lies about Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by Worried_in_the_USA
    So why is Israel blackmailing our media to make them look bad? Would it not be more worth their time to blackmail them into making them look good? Just a thought ;)
    at least you ADMIT IT!!it's JUST a thought!?and as we all know from whenever....it's the THOUGHT that COUNTS!?hehe!!PISS on my LEG and i THINK it's RAINING!?hehe!?.....your the EXPERT!?hehe!!just askin.....

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