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Anatomy of a Photograph (more media bias and omission)
Zombie Time ^ | 9/27/05

Posted on 09/27/2005 4:05:54 PM PDT by Brian Mosely

Anatomy of a Photograph



An analysis of a single seemingly innocuous photograph, and the pervasive media bias it reveals.


My photo essay of the anti-war protest in San Francisco on September 24, 2005 was not the only report done about the event. A few other outlets ran their own coverage. But the one photo from the rally that was seen by the most people was this:


Why? Because the San Francisco Chronicle, which had the only mainstream media coverage of the rally, published this photograph on its front page as a teaser for their article about the event.



Now, let's take a closer look at this image.


By chance, I took a photo of the same girl just a few moments later. Looks practically identical, doesn't it?

But you might notice that my picture is lower resolution. That's because it's a zoomed-in portion of a much larger photograph. I cropped off the other parts of the picture to get a close-up of the girl.

But what would happen if I hadn't cropped off so much? Let's take a step backward and reveal what the San Francisco Chronicle didn't want you to see.




Here's the same photo without as much cropping, revealing more of the context. You can see that the girl's protest contingent also sported Palestinian flags and obscene placards.

Now let's take another step back.



Here's my full original photo, uncropped. Now we can see that the girl is just one of several teenagers, all wearing terrorist-style bandannas covering their faces.

But, as you'll notice, the bandannas are all printed with the same design. Was this a grassroots protest statement the teenagers had come up with all by themselves?


To find out, let's take a look at another photo in the series, taken at the same time:



Oops -- it looks like they're actually being stage-managed by an adult, who is giving them directions and guiding them toward the front of the march. But who is she?

The last picture in the series reveals all.



It turns out that the woman giving directions belongs to one of the Communist groups organizing the rally -- if her t-shirt is to be believed, since it depicts

the flag of Communist Vietnam, which has been frequently displayed by such groups at protest rallies in the U.S. for decades.


The San Francisco Chronicle featured the original photograph on its front page in order to convey a positive message about the rally -- perhaps that even politically aware teenagers were inspired to show up and rally for peace, sporting the message, "People of Color say 'No to War!'" And that served the Chronicle's agenda.

But this simple analysis reveals the very subtle but insidious type of bias that occurs in the media all the time. The Chronicle did not print an inaccuracy, nor did it doctor a photograph to misrepresent the facts. Instead, the Chronicle committed the sin of omission: it told you the truth, but it didn't tell you the whole truth.



Because the whole truth -- that the girl was part of a group of naive teenagers recruited by Communist activists to wear terrorist-style bandannas and carry Palestinian flags and obscene placards -- is disturbing, and doesn't conform to the narrative that the Chronicle is trying to promote. By presenting the photo out of context, and only showing the one image that suits its purpose, the Chronicle is intentionally manipulating the reader's impression of the rally, and the rally's intent.

Such tactics -- in the no-man's-land between ethical and unethical -- are commonplace in the media, and have been for decades. It is only now, with the advent of citizen journalism, that we can at last begin to see the whole story and realize that the public has been manipulated like this all along.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communist; deceit; enemywithin; lefties; mdm; mediabias; msm; supportthetroops
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1 posted on 09/27/2005 4:05:54 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
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To: Brian Mosely

That is the kind of work which SHOULD be submitted for a Pulitzer prize but probably won't. Of all the worthless trash they give awards to, you just brought more enlightenment and understanding that 1000 NYT columnists. Kudos.


2 posted on 09/27/2005 4:09:11 PM PDT by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: Brian Mosely

This is a really good photo essay, Brian. The way you steadily build your case is outstanding.


3 posted on 09/27/2005 4:09:16 PM PDT by SpringheelJack
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To: Brian Mosely
Great article.

Them earrings on commie babe look pretty booooji to me.

4 posted on 09/27/2005 4:11:02 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Brian Mosely

Say it ain't so.


5 posted on 09/27/2005 4:11:03 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: Brian Mosely

Wow! Good work.


6 posted on 09/27/2005 4:11:30 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Brian Mosely
Brilliant essay. Just absolutely friggin' brilliant expose of the communist propaganda that masquerades for main-stream "news".

MSM are worse than liars, they are tellers of half-truths, and distorters of the truth. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words; this is especially dangerous when the picture is dishonest.

7 posted on 09/27/2005 4:11:37 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Brian Mosely

The sad part is the fact that it's so predictable.


8 posted on 09/27/2005 4:11:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Great find! - suggest you send this to Drudge to see if he will also post a link - more folks need to see the bias going on daily!!


9 posted on 09/27/2005 4:12:34 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (History has a long memory - but still repeats itself)
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To: SpringheelJack

I can't claim credit for this. The Little Green Footballs operative "Zombie" did the work


10 posted on 09/27/2005 4:13:25 PM PDT by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: Brian Mosely

out-freaking-standing


11 posted on 09/27/2005 4:13:30 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Brian Mosely

PING


12 posted on 09/27/2005 4:13:46 PM PDT by ocr1
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To: Brian Mosely

Great job. Both the photographs and the direct and to the point writing of the essay.


13 posted on 09/27/2005 4:14:09 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Brian Mosely

Good work.


14 posted on 09/27/2005 4:14:24 PM PDT by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: holdonnow

fyi


15 posted on 09/27/2005 4:14:27 PM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: Brian Mosely
This is exaclty how the press biases the news. That's why I love C-SPAN. They once turned their unedited cameras on a gay rights protest in DC and got calls for weeks complaining about the full frontal nudity. Of coruse the mainstream press finds the most normal people at a march like that to show. If it's an anti-abortion protest, on the other hand, they'll skip right past the hoards of normal people to find the freaky looking fringe people.

That's why I always say that the easiest way to prove press bias is to ask a person to attend some events or watch them on C-SPAN and then watch the mainstream press coverage of teh same event. If they aren't dead or lying, they can't help but to notice the bias it's so overt.

16 posted on 09/27/2005 4:15:04 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: Brian Mosely

Great post, Brian!


17 posted on 09/27/2005 4:16:31 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Wow. This is truly enlightening. Thank you very much. I only wish there were a way to show this to a wider audience.


18 posted on 09/27/2005 4:16:49 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Excellent job.


19 posted on 09/27/2005 4:16:55 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Brian Mosely; Howlin; Peach; Mo1; Miss Marple

Come have a look.....


20 posted on 09/27/2005 4:17:01 PM PDT by mystery-ak (A soldier only dies if he's forgotten.....a Gold Star Dad...Mr. Wroblewski)
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To: Brian Mosely

Peeling back the layers of the stinking onion to reveal the truth.


21 posted on 09/27/2005 4:17:16 PM PDT by xcamel (No more RINOS - Not Now, Not Ever Again.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Good work.


22 posted on 09/27/2005 4:18:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Brian Mosely

Great job Brian, I hope your photos make it around the internet!!!


23 posted on 09/27/2005 4:18:17 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Brian Mosely

Thanks for posting.

The MSM - All bias, all the time.


24 posted on 09/27/2005 4:19:07 PM PDT by baseballmom (Mother of the Bride.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Outstanding example of new media trumping the old!


25 posted on 09/27/2005 4:19:32 PM PDT by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: Brian Mosely

Photo approved by the Komodo-dragon-menu-item editor.


26 posted on 09/27/2005 4:20:35 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: Brian Mosely

You guys, FR needs to start its own news channel and its own paper. There are so many talented, smart Freepers who are out there where the news is being made. Oh yeah, great reporting.


27 posted on 09/27/2005 4:20:37 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Brian Mosely

Nice work.


28 posted on 09/27/2005 4:21:00 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Brian Mosely

Pretty good...


29 posted on 09/27/2005 4:21:27 PM PDT by dakine
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To: Brian Mosely

PING


30 posted on 09/27/2005 4:21:51 PM PDT by Cruz
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To: Brian Mosely

Bumpitttt.


31 posted on 09/27/2005 4:22:55 PM PDT by Rocko ("The ratio of damn fools to villains is high." -- Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: bpjam

I submit it's not taken at the same time at least. Notice the prominant knot in the first photo. The knot is directly centered over the white stripe. In subsequent photos the knot is changed and drawn over the the left side of (subjects left side). Who knows when these cropped photos were taken, before, during or after the event? No way to tell.

Besides, nowdays with photoshop nothing is believeable in a photo. Remember, we've all seen Tom Hanks receive a medal from President Lyndon Johnson in the movie Forest Gump.

So, what are we trying to do here? Tell everyone The story may be false, but the context is true? Sound familiar?



32 posted on 09/27/2005 4:22:55 PM PDT by Arizona Pard (What form does property take?)
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To: Brian Mosely

Thanks for uncovering the real story. That professional commie chick sure knows how to stage a photo-op. Wonder how much she paid those kids to be photographed in all that garb? She should be charged with child abuse.


33 posted on 09/27/2005 4:23:10 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!)
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To: diamond6

AS i said, I can't claim credit for this. The Little Green Footballs operative "Zombie" did the work


34 posted on 09/27/2005 4:23:18 PM PDT by Brian Mosely (A government is a body of people -- usually notably ungoverned)
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To: Brian Mosely

From the same site, this one is so hilarious! I know the Democrats don't have a strategy other than "blame Bush" and are incapable of thinking about the future, but I had no idea they were this badly crippled when it comes to thinking ahead, even a few seconds ahead!

35 posted on 09/27/2005 4:25:16 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Cruz

A Big Old Communist Bump . . . .


36 posted on 09/27/2005 4:26:16 PM PDT by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.)
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To: Cruz

bttt


37 posted on 09/27/2005 4:26:16 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: Brian Mosely
The Chronicle did not print an inaccuracy, nor did it doctor a photograph to misrepresent the facts. Instead, the Chronicle committed the sin of omission: it told you the truth, but it didn't tell you the whole truth.

The intent was to mislead and the effect was to mislead.

The media will say they have journalistic license.

I say they are drunk with power and long ago abandoned any pretense of journalism.

38 posted on 09/27/2005 4:26:24 PM PDT by oldbrowser (A living, breathing constitution is a usurpation of the people's sovereignty)
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To: Brian Mosely

Did you contact the Media research center (Brent Bozell, www.mrc.org about your photo's?

Send this to WorldNetDaily.com - they may run it as a story.

Also newsmax.com, and boortz.com

Don't be shy: Let the internet know!


39 posted on 09/27/2005 4:26:40 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (-I contribute to FR monthly, but ABBCNNBCBS supports Hillary's Secular Sexual Socialism every day.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Great work Zombie, and thanks to you Brian, for sharing it with us.


40 posted on 09/27/2005 4:27:53 PM PDT by Flyer (My FReeper Friends ROCK!)
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To: VRWCTexan
great idea!!
This is definitely worthy of Drudge~! The so called "American" media scare the hell outta me!
41 posted on 09/27/2005 4:30:03 PM PDT by Cindy_Cin
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To: FreedomCalls

That's funny as hell!

Note to self....decide on slogan BEFORE selecting font...


42 posted on 09/27/2005 4:30:06 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (You get more with a gun and a smile than just a smile itself!)
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To: Brian Mosely

Brilliant work, and wonderfully laid out, step by step. It reminds me of the '92 presidential election, they would show pics of 41 addressing what seemed a small crowd thanks to their judicious (or injudicious) editing, and then photos of Clinton before mass, adoring crowds. Media just sux. Big Time.


43 posted on 09/27/2005 4:30:24 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Brian Mosely
Just like with the picture of Jihad Cindy and Fat Al in Camp Casey and the other day with the Grim Reaper - the MSM prints cropped pictures to make it look like these people are riding a tidal wave of support. Look at the original shots and they tell a very different story. But the MSM doesn't want its audience to be confused by the real picture, now do they? Its like an alternative universe in LibLand - all fake and staged.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
44 posted on 09/27/2005 4:31:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Brian Mosely

LGF and Free Republic.
The Rather-smashing allied juggernaut rolls again.
Die, MSM, die!


45 posted on 09/27/2005 4:32:19 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Islamo-terrorists: Strike force of the MSM)
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To: FreedomCalls

A 4-year old can print better than that!


46 posted on 09/27/2005 4:32:57 PM PDT by Godzilla (I'm not suffering from insanity, I'm actually enjoying it.)
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To: Brian Mosely

Excellent, bump!


47 posted on 09/27/2005 4:33:39 PM PDT by I_like_good_things_too
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To: Brian Mosely
Eye opening series. Hats off to LGF's Zombie for capturing it all.
48 posted on 09/27/2005 4:33:48 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Brian Mosely

EXCELLENT WORK!

Picture can, and sometimes do, speak a thousand words, but pictures in context speak 10,000 words.

Good job!

49 posted on 09/27/2005 4:35:15 PM PDT by AFreeBird (your mileage may vary)
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To: Brian Mosely

Makes me think there needs to be a Media Bias Mega Ping for things like this. People need to know.


50 posted on 09/27/2005 4:35:22 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Earth to libs: MARXISM DOESN'T SELL HERE. Try somewhere else.)
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