Skip to comments.The Photo That Started It All (Media lying via the camera)
Posted on 08/03/2006 6:42:15 AM PDT by Lazamataz
The Photo that Started it All
On the day the Intafada broke out, Tuvia Grossman was riding a taxi to visit the Western Wall. He was unwittingly thrust into the international limelight -- and nearly killed in the process.
On September 30, 2000, The New York Times, Associated Press and other major media outlets published a photo of a young man -- bloodied and battered -- crouching beneath a club-wielding Israeli policeman. The caption identified him as a Palestinian victim of the recent riots -- with the clear implication that the Israeli soldier is the one who beat him.
The victim's true identity was revealed when Dr. Aaron Grossman of Chicago sent the following letter to the Times:
Regarding your picture on page A5 of the Israeli soldier and the Palestinian on the Temple Mount -- that Palestinian is actually my son, Tuvia Grossman, a Jewish student from Chicago. He, and two of his friends, were pulled from their taxicab while traveling in Jerusalem, by a mob of Palestinian Arabs, and were severely beaten and stabbed.
That picture could not have been taken on the Temple Mount because there are no gas stations on the Temple Mount and certainly none with Hebrew lettering, like the one clearly seen behind the Israeli soldier attempting to protect my son from the mob.
In response, the New York Times published a half-hearted correction which identified Tuvia Grossman as "an American student in Israel" -- not as a Jew who was beaten by Arabs. The "correction" also noted that "Mr. Grossman was wounded" in "Jerusalem's Old City" -- although the beating actually occurred in the Arab neighborhood of Wadi al Joz, not in the Old City.
In response to public outrage at the original error and the inadequate correction, The New York Times reprinted Tuvia Grossman's picture -- this time with the proper caption -- along with a full article detailing his near-lynching at the hands of Palestinians rioters.
Read Tuvia Grossman's in-depth, first-person account of his ordeal, entitled Victim of the Media War. www.aish.com/jewishissues/israeldiary/
The photo of a bloodied Tuvia Grossman became a symbol in the struggle to ensure that Israel receives the fair media coverage that every nation deserves.
In April 2002, a District Court in Paris ordered the French daily newspaper "Liberation" and the Associated Press to pay damages to Grossman in the amount of 4,500 Euro.
The Court condemned the Associated Press for "mispresenting [Grossman] as a member of the Palestinian community," while the court censured "Liberation" for "publishing the litigious picture with a comment edited the same faulty way, giving the picture a meaning and a scope it could not have."
The print and broadcast media are our direct enemy, as assuredly as al-Qaeda is.
I now call them the PABE: The Print And Broadcast Enemy.
Praise be to Algore's internet.
How can they possibly look at themselves and claim to be impartial?
Is this what yeshisassisfat used to stir up the masses?
Simple: They're delusional. They think they're a "conservative" news organization, notwithstanding the fact they're a little left of Lenin.
I'm not sure about that. I just took a link on another thread that got me to that web site, but I thought it was so powerful in the face of the KanaFraud, that it should be brought forward as a full-bore thread.
Loosing your conscience is the first step to becoming a liberal.
Did you see "Obsession: What The War on Terror Is Really About"? I watched it last night. It's something we must prepare for. I can post the link on this thread if you'd like. It's 1 hr 18 min but very riveting and well worth the time to view.
This one's interesting if you hadn't seen it before.
This movie explores what all Radical Islamic Extremists, who only make up 10%-15% of the Muslim population, are really trying to do, and how. You have to see this movie to get a real prespective of the problems we have in the world.
Just in case you haven't gotten pissed off today.
Here's more fodder for you.
THanks for the ping.
Very appropriate to bring this incident back up at this time. I like the recently coined term "Enemedia."
And in light of the whole Qana thing, we'd be wise to revisit Mohammed al-Dura too.
Yet many liberal Jews still revere the NYTimes. Why this is remains a deep mystery to me.
The "Drive-by Media" indeed!
I think it is clear that the Qana incident was staged. The poster for one thing could not have been printed off that quickly.
The Internet is our window to the world...
..and it exposes the truth like nothing else!
God bless Israel!
I have never heard anything positive about the NYTImes. They are definetly Anti-American.
The New York Times is a direct enemy of the United States, and should be shut down by government action immediately.
"Loosing your conscience is the first step to becoming a liberal."
That's the second step.
My tagline is the first.
It makes you wonder what large percentage of folks are completely duped.
Thanks for that memory refresher.
I apparently missed that thread...what poster?
Victim of the Media War
By: Tuvia Grossman
I was thrust into the international limelight when The New York Times and other major media outlets published a photo of me -- bloodied and battered -- crouching beneath a club-wielding Israeli policeman. The caption identified me as a Palestinian victim of the new intifada. In fact, however, I am a 20-year-old Jewish student from Chicago, studying at a yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Here's how it all happened:
It was the eve of Rosh Hashana, and I hailed a taxi with two of my friends to go visit the Western Wall. Along the way, the driver took a shortcut through one of the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. We turned a corner and suddenly there were about 40 Palestinians surrounding the car. Before we knew it, huge rocks had smashed all the windows of the taxi.
Some of the Palestinians pulled open the door and dragged me from the vehicle. About 10 attackers jumped on top of me, punching and kicking me. I crouched to the ground, and tried to cover my face to protect myself as much as possible. All I could see were a flurry of sneakers kicking me in the face.
Then I felt a strong pair of hands grabbing me, and I uncovered my face because I thought someone was trying to help me. But it was just another Palestinian; he held the back of my head and punched me square in the face. I fell flat on the ground and the Palestinians jumped on top of me again. One of them stabbed me in the back of my leg, ripping through muscles and tendons. Two other Palestinians held my head so I couldn't move, while two more bashed rocks onto my head... again and again and again.
By this time the beating had gone on for about eight minutes. I had already lost three liters of blood and was losing consciousness. I said "Shema Yisrael" -- the declaration of faith that a Jew says before he dies. I tried not to black out, because I was sure if I did it would be the end.
Because it was the eve of Rosh Hashana, the image of a shofar flashed through my mind, and I recalled a Biblical story I'd learned in school. The prophet Gideon and his 300 men were badly outnumbered against the Midianite army of 130,000. So Gideon's troops banged pots and blew shofars, hoping that the noise would scare the enemy. With God's help, the ploy worked, and Gideon won the battle.
So I yelled at the top of my lungs. The Palestinians were startled momentarily, and I was able to get up and run. Unfortunately, I am heavily nearsighted and my contact lenses had fallen out. So there I was -- barely able to see a thing, with blood pouring down my face and my leg badly wounded -- being chased up a hill by 40 Palestinians throwing rocks at me.
It was a miracle, but I somehow outran them and reached a gas station where Israeli soldiers were posted.
I collapsed on the ground, and that's when a group of freelancer photographers started snapping pictures. An Israeli policeman was protecting me, yelling at the Palestinians to back off from finishing the lynching. But the photo -- sent throughout the world by the Associated Press -- identified me as a Palestinian. The obvious implication was that the Israeli policeman had just beaten me. In truth, it was the total opposite. I was a Jewish victim of Palestinian attackers.
It's bad enough to be beaten bloody, get stitches up and down my head, and have my leg so severely stabbed that therapy is required to regain use of it. But to be used as a pawn in the media war, as part of the Palestinian propaganda to gain international sympathy, well, that hurts even more.
When a photo gets published, there are many links in the chain, and in this case, I don't know where the fault for the garbled caption lies. But it is deeply disturbing that the New York Times, the Associated Press (and everyone else in-between) assumed that if it's a victim, it must be a Palestinian.
There is a great struggle here in Israel and this event highlights the power of the media to influence public opinion. If truth is to prevail, we can't just "read" the newspaper. Be discerning and become part of the process. Otherwise, you're just a passive object of someone else's agenda.
Who are the innocent victims and who are the aggressors? The truth is often the opposite of how it appears.
Good post, Laz.
We need to be reminded how thoroughly the Print And Broadcast Enemy (PABE) is willing to lie to us.
Found it: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1675562/posts ...regarding the poster.
A classic. Thanks.
If you believe this apology...you will believe anything.
NY Times Apologizes For Fake Stories
/ 13 Shevat 5798
|"The New York Times" issued an apology today for dozens of fabricated stories printed on its pages by one of its staff writers.|
|The New York Times issued an apology today for dozens of fabricated stories printed on its pages by one of its staff writers.
Jayson Blair, a long time writer for the Times was revealed to have been writing dispatches that purported to be from Maryland, Texas and other states, while he was located in New York. He made up scenes, quotations, entire interviews and reported several events that had not occurred, managing to get the articles past the editorial staff of the Times and printed in the widely distributed newspaper.
In an inquiry formed to explain how such fraud could have gone undetected within the newspaper, journalists from the Times have identified "factual" problems in at least 36 of the 73 articles Mr. Blair wrote since he started getting national reporting assignments late last October.
"The widespread fabrication and plagiarism represent a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper" read an apology in Sunday's New York Times.
This is not the first time the New York Times has been accused of dishonest reporting. An Associated Press photo was published on page A5 of the Times on September 30, 2000 with the false and deceptive caption, "An Israeli policeman and a Palestinian on the Temple Mount." In actuality, the bloodied teenager was Jewish yeshiva student, Tuvia Grossman, who was saved by the Israeli policeman after nearly being lynched by Arabs.
In what was an extensive, if not timely apology for another one of its controversial journalistic decisions,The New York Times published a full page editorial on November 14, 2001 apologizing for its lack of coverage of Nazi genocide during the Holocaust.
Robert Lichter of the US based Center for Media and Public Affairs commented that "any time you find something so pervasive, you have to wonder what else slips past the checks and balances. The Times was a standard that journalists looked up to. Now it's something they're going to have to live down."
"The ease with which Mr. Blair fabricated article after article to be printed on the pages of one of the world's leading newspapers exposes a great chasm at the feet of the editorial staff of the New York Times," said Yisrael Medad, former director of Israel's Media Watch in an interview with Israel National News. "If he got away with it for as long as he did, with no political agenda or ideological beliefs fuelling his distortions, one can only imagine what goes on in the news room when Israel is the subject being reported upon."
"Mr. Blair was not pro-sniper or anti-sniper," Medad pointed out, "his fabrications about meetings with soldiers back from Iraq stemmed not from political motives but a desire to make a name for himself - if he could so easily turn lies into 'truth' using the pages of the 'newspaper of record' I shudder to think of what other writers, holding very strong views about Israel, manage to slip into the 'news'."
Yes! This should be on all the news services.
I love that picture. Where can I buy a framed copy?
I like Lazamataz' new term, "PABE (Print and Broadcast Enemy)".