Skip to comments.Milking it?
Posted on 07/31/2006 8:10:13 PM PDT by plenipotentiary
Until recent years, images of civilian casualties in wars often took days to appear in newspapers, but now they can be captured and transmitted around the world to newspaper Web sites, where they are posted immediately, adding to the shock value that sketchy words by reporters often cannot capture. This happened again Sunday morning in the case of the Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana that left dozens dead, reportedly at least half of them children sleeping in their beds overnight.But the photographers, it seems, are not too fussy about how they go about "adding to the shock value". These two sequences illustrate the extent to which photographers on the scene are prepared to ensure that the "shock value" is maximised.
The photos, taken by The Associated Press, Reuters, and others, showed bodies in the rubble, or being taken away; survivors digging or wailing
Rescuers pull the body of a toddler victim of an Israeli air raid on Qana that killed more than 60 people, the majority of them women and children, in south Lebanon, July 30, 2006.Note the "rescue worker" in the foreground, complete with olive green military-style helmet and fluorescent jacket, with what appears to be a flack jacket underneath. His glasses, "designer stubble", blue tee-shirt and jeans make him quite a distinctive figure. Note also, he has a radio in his jacker pocket and he has bare hands, things which becomes relevant later.
Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defense workers carry the body of a small child covered in dust from the rubble of his home that was hit in an Israeli missile strike in the village of Qana, east of the port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Sunday. Lebanese Red Cross officials said 56 people died in the Israeli assault on the village, including 34 children. Rescuers dug through the debris to remove dozens of bodies.This is horrific, but a scrutiny of the framing does suggest that the subject is offering the victim to the photographer.
A rescuer carries the body of a toddler victim of an Israeli air raid on Qana that killed more than 60 people, the majority of them women and children, in south Lebanon, July 30, 2006.Interestingly, in this sequence, the pocket radio is missing. And, although the positioning of the child looks the same, the angle of the shot looks to be about ninety degrees from the first, but in each case, the "worker" is facing towards the camera. The shots are clearly posed.
Lebanese Red Cross and Civil Defense workers carry the body of a small child covered in dust from the rubble of his home that was hit in an Israeli missile strike in the village of Qana, east of the port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Sunday, July 30, 2006. Lebanese Red Cross officials said 56 people died in the Israeli assault on the village, including 34 children. Rescuers dug through the debris to remove dozens of bodies.At 12.53 pm, after an interval of eight minutes, Frayer photographs the child's body again, from a different angle. The caption is the same. This time, though, our helmeted worker is showing some distress, which was absent in the previous photograph.
Among others, the body of a child recovered under the rubble of a demolished building that was struck by Israeli war plane missiles at the village of Qana near the southern Lebanon city of Tyre, is placed in an ambulance Sunday July 30.In the next frame, we have the same girl, this time apparently being placed in the ambulance. Also taken by AP,this time by Mohammed Zaatari the caption here reads:
A Lebanese rescuer carries the body of a young girl recovered from under the rubble of a demolished building that was struck by Israeli warplane missiles at the village of Qana, near the southern city of Tyre, Lebanon, Sunday, July 30, 2006. Dozens of civilians, including many children, were killed Sunday in an Israeli airstrike that flattened houses in this southern Lebanon village - the deadliest attack in 19 days of fighting.Intriguingly, though, the dateline given is 10.25 am, three hours after she has already been photographed in the ambulance.
A civil defense worker carries the body of Lebanese child recovered from the rubble of a demolished building that was struck by an Israeli airstrike at the village of Qana near the southern Lebanon city of Tyre, Sunday, July 30, 2006. Israeli missiles struck this southern Lebanese village early Sunday, flattening houses on top of sleeping residents. The Lebanese Red Cross said the airstrike, in which at least 34 children were killed, pushed the overall Lebanese death toll to more than 500.Here we are now, same "worker" and same girl, but this time it is done for the benefit of EPA, the photographer, Mohamed Messara, the worker rushing towards a uniformed Red Cross worker. This caption (without a time) reads:
A rescue worker carries the body of a Lebanese girl after an Israeli air strike on the village of Qana, east of the southern port city of Tyre, on Sunday 30 July 2006. At least 51 people were killed, many of them children, and several others wounded in the raid Sunday, witnesses and rescue workers said.But now, for the benefit of AFP, the photgraph taken by Nicolas Asfouri, we have the same unfortunate child being handled by another worker, the original worker showing in the background, having passed the casualty on. The timing of the photograph is 7.16 pm (now apparently corrected to 6:46 am) and the caption reads:
A rescue worker puts the body of a dead girl on a gurney after Israeli air strikes on the southern Lebanese village of Qana. Israel agreed to temporarily halt air strikes in south Lebanon a day after 52 people were killed, many of them sleeping children, when Israeli warplanes bombarded the Lebanese village of Qana, triggering global outrage and warnings of retribution for alleged "war crimes".Remember, however, earlier in the sequence, the girl is being carried to the ambulance, by the other worker, sans jacket, helmet and gloves.
A civil defence worker carries a body of a young Lebanese child recovered from the rubble of a demolished building that was struck by Israeli war plane missiles at the village of Qana near the southern Lebanon city of Tyre, Sunday, July 30, 2006.Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner. In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda. And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do. Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.
Also the same man presenting bodies to photographers 18 miles away.
Also, 10 years ago in the 1996 Cana incident, it appears the same man was presenting bodies to the media.
This has all been staged and choreographed.
I am hoping, no praying that this is true and that the MSM finds it newsworthy and verifies that is it as this article claims.
I hope it to be reported in the press tomorrow.
It seems the best time to take out Hezbollah terrorists is while they are posing for photo ops with the rescue workers.
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING
DAMN the liberal media. Where was ONE photo of such tragedy (a DEAD body) from the 9-11 attacks?
Can you say "too soon" and "respect for the families"?
Lies. Damn lies from evil editors with a horrible seditious agenda all because they can't handle a Republican administration.
They serve the cause of antisemitic terrorism by distributing such agitprop imagery.
Either show all such images or NONE.
It's interesting that the media wasn't at all interested in the thousands of innocent children killed when Clinton had his little bombing campaign at 25,000 feet.
Forget about the Maine.
I've got a new slogan for this war...
The time lag from when the air strike occurred and the pulling out the victims was clearly to give the hezzidemons time to get the Syrian missle launcher truck out of the area before bringing in the press. I don't for one minute put the atrocity past the hezziscumallah for the desired effect of stopping what they could not handle once they pushed Israel over the edge for their Iranian masters. Kill them all, every last male hezzi above the age of ten. Sterilize their women and adopted their children into sane households. THEN this may end in a generation. Otherwise the hate of the Muslim vermin murder fanatics in all of the Middle East will continue to be the cancer on humanity.
I just had an e-mail from a friend in CT complaining about the children killed, which is horrific that little children get caught up in any war.
But I mentioned to him that if we had the media we have today during WWII, we'd have stopped bombing Germany because the media would have exposed the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed.
And then Germany could have continued with their Final Solution.
All of which is making me wonder at why the media is so darned uninterested in pursuing the Hezbollywoodization and stagecraft of this.
"Also, 10 years ago in the 1996 Cana incident, it appears the same man was presenting bodies to the media. "
Does anyone have the '96 photos? I haven't seen them yet.
Mr Green Helmet....Greg Packer!!! Is that you?
I agree that dead children are depressing and tragic.
I also know that the media doesn't care about 45million babies killed by abortion in the US.
That ranks up there with the genocide of Stalin and far more than the butchery of Hitler.
To show these dead bodies and not the bodies of American civilians kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq is hypocrisy.
I recently picked up a copy of a book about news photos manipulated, staged, and exploited.
I was unaware that Time Magazine altered the picture of the dead soldier being dragged through the streets in Somalia. It seems they were offended that his genitalia was exposed. Dead US soldier's corpse being treated as a war trophy, no problems, naked bits and they had a problem.
I guess they wanted to show "respect" for his family. < /s >
I hate the DUmass media.
It's the second to last photo.
I never knew that -- how Time manipulated the photo of that soldier. I detest the media too. Pretty much more than I detest Congress Democrats.
Most damning evidence in the book comes when comparison images are shown.
Important article BUMP!
It might be easier to read and understand if you go to the source:
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