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Posted on 03/08/2010 7:42:56 AM PST by dbedein
When Reuters Miscaptioned a Photo, They Changed an Accidental Death into a Murder
A news story which shocked the world this week dealt with the crushing of American citizen Rachel Corrie by an IDF bulldozer, who ostensibly blocked with her body a bulldozer about to demolish the home of a Palestinian terrorist in Gaza, made huge headlines all over the world. I asked to speak with the spokesman of International Solidarity Movement Mike Shaik, who passed me on to Lynn Clausen, a 24-year old resident of Washington from the Christians Peacemakers Team based in Hebron, which trains the ISM volunteers.
Shaik and Clausen sent me to speak with Corrie's friends who were with her at the time she was crushed. Corrie's friend Joe Smith described me how Corrie sat on a mound of dirt facing the IDF bulldozer making its way to the house it was about to demolish.
"Rachel had two options", Smith says. "When the bulldozer started to dig in the dirt pile, the pile started to move, and she could have rolled sideways quickly or fallen backwards to avoid being hit. But Rachel leaned forward to climb to the top of the dirt pile. The bulldozer's digging drew her downward, and its driver could not see her anymore. So without lifting the scoop, he turned backward and she was already underneath the blade"
Smith's description is very important, since the picture published by Reuters shows Corrie standing to the left of the bulldozer, in a location where the driver can see her very clearly, as she holds a megaphone in her hand. Beneath the picture's caption is written: "Photographed before Rachel Corrie was run over by an IDF bulldozer." Everyone who looks at the picture and the text understands that the driver, who sees the American civilian standing in front of him, just kept on going, crushing her to death. But Joe Smith says that the picture was taken hours before she was run over, which happened at 5:00 p.m., and not a few minutes beforehand. Smith emphasizes that at the time of the incident and during it, there were no photographers in the area.
After I checked the pictures that Reuters distributed to the world's newspapers, I noticed the difference between the colors of the sky in the picture where Corrie stands with the megaphone and the one that shows the body after the incident. The time the picture was taken also appears in text on the Internet site, saying that it was in the morning. It is not noted that the incident took place hours later.
I called Reuters's photography department and asked for an explanation.
The photography editor said that the pictures were not taken by his agency, which had no photographers in the area at all, and that the pictures came to them via ISM.
The Reuters photography editor added that he wrote clearly that the pictures had been taken by ISM.
I pointed out to him that no such notice appeared in the pictures I saw on the Reuters site. I asked the director general of Reuters in Israel, Tim Heritage, whether Reuters has a set policy of using pictures provided by political organizations, and Heritage replied that it is widespread.
Heritage promised into check the matter of the misleading picture that was taken before the incident and asked me to call him back in an hour.
After an hour, Heritage was no longer available to speak with me. I went into the Reuters website and was amazed to find that the pictures of Corrie had been removed.
Thus the American woman who came to protect the homes of Palestinian terrorists with her own body was wiped out twice: once by an IDF bulldozer and then by the Reuters agency, which came to "document" the incident.
The damage the agency caused still requires repair. A picture is worth a thousand words. The picture of Rachel Corrie with the megaphone, standing before the bulldozer of the "cruel Zionist occupier", who was "crushed after this picture was taken", as Reuters falsely wrote, will be engraved in the memories of those who follow events in the Middle East.
[By no strange coincidence, the web site of the International Solidarity Movement, at www.palsolidarity.org, features the picture of Rachel Corrie, holding her proverbial megaphone, with a caption which says that Rachel was in the clear sight of the bulldozer driver before he ran her over. Yes, five hours before...]
These pictures were sent out by Reuters in sequence, and gave the impression that Rachel was mauled by the bulldozer after she had been standing with a megaphone in hand, in clear view of the bulldozer driver which ran her down. search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=Rachel&b=41&c=news_photos
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Reading this story gave me a sudden craving for pancakes.
Peculiar first post.
I can’t wait for the inevitable Rachael Corrie Jokes (Pancakes pics, Bob the builder, Caterpillar Bulldozer, etc.)It always cracks me up.
Shouldn’t that read “Changed a Suicide into a Murder?”
It also says she blocked the bulldozer with her body - apparently she did not.
What do the IDF and IHOP have in common?.............They both make fine pancakes!...............
Your first post falls flat..
adding keywords per your request.
Reuters didn’t miscaption anything...they knew what they were doing.
Welcome to FR.
You signed up just to post this very old news?
Hey, c’mon now; Hooters girls have a lot more brains than Rachel “Pancake” Corrie (plus they’re generally better-looking).
Given that she was flattened, how wide had to be her coffin?
So why are you posting a 7 year old story again?
Ehh, your post left me flat.
'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)
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A photo showing the conditions in the area near 18th and I Streets in Washington DC
(10,000 years) before a traffic accident claimed the life of Beulah Johnson this morning...
Whether this is a troll or a legit post, let me say it as I always have: I’m GLAD Ms. Corrie was run over by a bulldozer, and if she was alive to day I’d be first in line to do it again. FIRST IN LINE.
By the way, you think they sent the body back home in a coffin, or via a fax machine?
Why is it peculiar? I think it is strong and important.
Thank you, David, for all of your efforts in bringing the truth about palestinian terror to what’s left of the free world.
Thank you for your efforts to confront the constant media bias. Al-Dura has shown the world media’s readiness to disseminate false info on behalf of the so-called palestinians.
A gory thread about Corrie!
I don’t care how they killed her as long as they did!
Really? It made me want to work in construction.
Good for blue prints, signs and posters too...
A someone who uses those to send engineering plans, I must say I lol’d.
The one thing I will say is that I feel sorry she died holding views that evil people abused and took advantage of, and go her killed because of them. Naive young woman with totally wrong worldview the muslims totally took advantage of and let her be killed for them and their twisted agenda.
And why is this relevant today?
This is from how long ago?
And she was quite alive when the Red Crescent ‘medics’ picked her up.
Smells about as funny as Rachel would about now...
Then again I can sympathize with her, being a flat-lander myself...
They did not kill her. She killed herself.
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This story was a bit flat.
“And why is this relevant today?”
This is why.
“As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010.”
Sorry, she’s not relevant.
The muzzie death worshippers murdered her on the way to the hospital as by her dying, she became a propaganda tool.
One that is still being used today.
Too bad she never learned the golden rule.....
If it is gold in color and says Caterpillar on it and you get out of sight of the driver, your going to loose in a big way.
It appears that Rule #2 came into effect.
If you ignore rule #1 your removed from the gene pool and yes your stupid for not listening, to rule #1.
Rachel Corrie it sure sucks to be you, dumb ass!
I find your reply confusing — and I’m not trying to be flippant.
It is a reasonable question to ask “Why this story now?” as many in this thread have done. That is what I thought you wer asking. The answer is because there is a trial regarding her death which is going to start in Israel on Wednesday. Corrie is going to be “back in the news”.
The story is going to be rehashed in court, and the trial will be reported by news reporters, and blogged on blogs, right, left, and center.
This trial has already been discussed on conservative talk radio, which is how I heard of it a week or two ago, on the Barbara Simpson show on KSFO, IIRC.
It does have that scent of troll to it.
Her death is used as propaganda, period.
Hence, her relevance is limited to the guys who benefit by her death.
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