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Reuters scandal demands an outside investigation
The American Thinker ^ | August 7, 2006 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 08/07/2006 12:13:35 AM PDT by Sarah

Reuters scandal demands an outside investigation

Reuters now admits supplying the world’s media with crude propaganda pictures, faked by an Arab photographer. The agency’s journalistic standards are now a global laughingstock. If the agency hopes to regain credibility it must appoint an outside panel of experts to review other work of the same photographer, including the controversial photos supplied from Qana.

Reuters has informed Adnan Hajj that they will not accept any more of his work. He is now identified as a “free lance photographer.” The agency also notes

Hajj worked for Reuters as a non-staff freelance, or contributing photographer, from 1993 until 2003 and again since April 2005.

He was among several photographers from the main international news agencies whose images of a dead child being held up by a rescuer in the village of Qana, south Lebanon, after an Israeli air strike on July 30 have been challenged by blogs critical of the mainstream media’s coverage of the Middle East conflict.

Reuters and other news organisations reviewed those images and have all rejected allegations that the photographs were staged. [emphasis added]

However, as Michelle Malkin pointed out, the Reuters website claims the following

“Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services. When we get something wrong, our policy is to be honest about errors and to correct them promptly and clearly.”

Which begs the question of what kind of quality standards would allow a crudely Photoshopped picture to run? How is the review of the Qana pictures by Hajj any different from the scrutiny applied to the Beirut pictures by Hajj?

Since Reuters now acknowledges that it has been hoaxed, and in turn has hoaxed the world’s media, doesn’t it owe us a detailed explanation of its standards? Shouldn’t the review of the Qana pictures be put into the hands of an independent panel of experts.

Shouldn’t Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs be part of that independent review panel? After all, Reuters owes him a debt of gratitude for uncovering a mistake their own quality assurance standards were inadequate to detect.

IF (and it must now be regarded as a serious question) Reuters is committed to supplying the world with truth rather than phony propaganda, Reuters must acknowledge the inadequacy of its standards. It must therefore immediately and thoroughly apply higher standards to all of the work it has published by Hajj, including the Qana pictures.

If Reuters continues to use its proven-inadequate internal procedures to vouch for the accuracy of it Qana pictures, those reassurances cannot be regarded as worthy of respect.

Thomas Lifson 8 06 06


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; alreuters; fabrication; israel; palestinian; probe; reuterrorism; reuters; scandal
No more permission of Arab Muslim 'independent' photographers to cover the middle east would be a great place to start...
1 posted on 08/07/2006 12:13:36 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah

Reuters outsourcing to terrorists and terrorist sympathizers


2 posted on 08/07/2006 12:16:27 AM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: msnimje

Their incredulity can only be due to inherent bias.
(or drinking)


3 posted on 08/07/2006 12:17:30 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah

This is an REAL business card


4 posted on 08/07/2006 12:19:02 AM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: Sarah

"Reuters scandal demands an outside investigation"

Don't hold your breath.


5 posted on 08/07/2006 12:22:11 AM PDT by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: msnimje

That's just freakin' amazing! Hezbollah's arrogance is astonishing...but look on the bright side - he certainly made it easier for the IDF to "get in touch" with him. :^)


6 posted on 08/07/2006 12:23:30 AM PDT by IrishRainy
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To: Sarah
"The agency’s journalistic standards are now a global laughingstock."

Now?? We all said this for years here in FR...LOL!

7 posted on 08/07/2006 12:23:47 AM PDT by BossLady (SKYAGRA - Kim Jong Il's answer to ejectile dysfunction......)
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To: msnimje

Ok, where on earth did you get that?


8 posted on 08/07/2006 12:24:22 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: IrishRainy
I was just wondering why it is written in English.
9 posted on 08/07/2006 12:25:23 AM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: Sarah

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21928&only


10 posted on 08/07/2006 12:26:21 AM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: msnimje

And I thought I'd gone through LGF pretty thoroughly.
Also surprising is that the Reuter's sourced death threat goes back to May!


11 posted on 08/07/2006 12:28:59 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: msnimje

'...I was just wondering why it is written in English'

Doesn't that just show that they are focused on impacting the American public essentially.


12 posted on 08/07/2006 12:30:23 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah
The picture scandal is only the tip of the iceberg:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679013/posts
13 posted on 08/07/2006 12:30:42 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: msnimje
I thought that as well. After looking at all those pictures of Qana, the strange time stamps, and the Arab surnames on many of the credits, I wondered just how impartial these people would be. Heavens, it wouldn't be the first time they have wreaked havoc with "honesty"!!
14 posted on 08/07/2006 12:31:13 AM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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To: Sarah

There should be a serious investigation of their previously publish pictures as well. Who knows how many other fakes will turn up.


15 posted on 08/07/2006 12:31:19 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: DB

One of the bloggers with access to his whole body of work is doing just that.


16 posted on 08/07/2006 12:35:41 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: GoLightly

re:REUTERS' HIJACKING LEBANON'S ANSWER TO THE UN?

Similar thoughts occurred to me concerning the constant referral to the concept of "How much time will Israel be given to root out Hesbulla" articles.
Who brought up this idea? I've NEVER seen any reference to time limits imposed by the US, and who cares what Europe says, and the UN is bankrupt, so WHO made this a refrain in articles referencing Israel's military campaign?


17 posted on 08/07/2006 12:39:16 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: GoLightly

like this one:
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,20042544-38200,00.html


18 posted on 08/07/2006 12:42:06 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah

Their CREDULITY can only be due to inherent bias.

... and yes I am drinking.


19 posted on 08/07/2006 12:46:22 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: singfreedom
The Rice banner picture was picked up by AFP.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060730/photos_wl_me_afp/9034cf170a188a04a5e80bd48812ca98

(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)

20 posted on 08/07/2006 12:50:10 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Sarah

It's called... "freelancing with a bias".....


21 posted on 08/07/2006 12:51:03 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

"Independent freelancing with an agenda"


22 posted on 08/07/2006 12:53:04 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah
Similar thoughts occurred to me concerning the c<><>onstant referral to the concept of "How much time will Israel be given to root out Hesbulla" articles. Who brought up this idea? I've NEVER seen any reference to time limits imposed by the US, and who cares what Europe says, and the UN is bankrupt, so WHO made this a refrain in articles referencing Israel's military campaign?

Editorial wishful thinking, pretending to be news. I wonder, if not for the net & our ability to go around the MSM, if Israel wouldn't have caved already.

23 posted on 08/07/2006 12:56:40 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Sarah

Clearly, this Reuters fraud must be relentlessly investigated. A "blue ribbon" panel headed up by Dick Thornburgh and Lou Boccardi would get to the bottom of this.


24 posted on 08/07/2006 12:56:57 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Sarah

Actually, when you get right down to it, I'm not nearly as upset about the photos as I am with Hezbollah being able to manipulate the whole coverage at Qana.

Here the doctored photo was outed, and Reuters has been taken to task for it. They admitted their complicity and took action. However, the whole damning story out of Qana which was a set up job from the start, is still on record as exactly what took place.

Reuters isn't backing off their claims there. Nobody else is either.

The pictures are important. I'm glad folks jumped in and revealed them for what they were. I just wish we could get Qana straightened out. Israel was damned over that situation, and that was very unjust in light of what really took place.


25 posted on 08/07/2006 12:57:25 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: dr_lew

What time is it where you are?


26 posted on 08/07/2006 12:57:54 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: DoughtyOne

I've been reading so many blogs I don't usually read that I forgot where I read the list of the names of the photographers who are authorised by Palestine to cover their events.
Every last one of them was arab. It is a total set up, and totally irresponsable of Reuters to agree to a photographer pool in the middle east made up of not ONE Israeli or Jew.
I'm sure that they agreed due to religious sensitivity or some such nonsense that the Muslims use to gain advantage.
A total dereliction of duty.


27 posted on 08/07/2006 1:01:57 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah

PDT+2


29 posted on 08/07/2006 1:10:24 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Lancey Howard

"panel headed up by Dick Thornburgh and Lou Boccardi "

embarrassed to admit that I don't recognise the names...


30 posted on 08/07/2006 1:24:56 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah
Reuters scandal demands an outside investigation

There won't be one. They'll just play a round of musical chairs.

31 posted on 08/07/2006 1:25:10 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: dr_lew

You posted at 4:10 am EDT, that's 3:10 am PDT plus 2? How does that thing work?


32 posted on 08/07/2006 1:31:05 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: BigSkyFreeper

You say musical chairs, I have in my mind this comic 'Calvin and Hobbes', and their game of Calvinball!
-whenever you get close to winning they singlehandedly change the rules.


33 posted on 08/07/2006 1:33:06 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: Sarah
Dick Thornburgh and Lou Boccardi were the guys in charge of the Dan rather/CBS whitewash.
34 posted on 08/07/2006 1:44:23 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Sarah
You posted at 4:10 am EDT, that's 3:10 am PDT plus 2? How does that thing work?

I posted at 4:10 AM EDT = 1:10 AM PDT = 3:10AM CDT. Talk about "flyover" country!

Dawn: The time when men of reason go to bed. - The Devil's Dictionary

35 posted on 08/07/2006 1:53:17 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: msnimje

How many other photos and videos have been doctored and staged?


36 posted on 08/07/2006 2:03:34 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: DB

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/pictures/20060806GodzillaRut.jpg


37 posted on 08/07/2006 2:06:27 AM PDT by muawiyah (-/sarcasm)
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To: Sarah; All
"Reutered" just submitted to Urban Dictionary as a new word.

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has unleashed an Army of Photo Debunkers and Scrutinizers.

... Footballs of truth bombs raining down on Reuters : )

38 posted on 08/07/2006 2:34:24 AM PDT by backhoe ("photo rootered"...reutered is only one letter away from neutered.)
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To: msnimje

"Reuters outsourcing to terrorists and terrorist sympathizers"

I doubt it. Sure, al-Reuters thought it had a photographer with a special relationship with terrorists and was willing to accept his work at face value.

However, Adnan Hajj must have been a Zionist agent. History shows that whenever anything goes wrong, the Jews are behind it. No doubt that Mossad was using Adnan Hajj to discredit MSM reports of its genocide in Lebanon. It's the only way to explain the miserable quality of his PhotoShop work.

-sarcasm off--


39 posted on 08/07/2006 4:34:02 AM PDT by RBroadfoot
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To: Sarah
Reuters has never claimed doctoring photos were wrong except in cases where the "freelance" photographer gets caught and then in those cases they just didn't follow the Reuters doctoring guidelines.
40 posted on 08/07/2006 6:29:41 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Sarah
Shouldn’t Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs be part of that independent review panel? After all, Reuters owes him a debt of gratitude for uncovering a mistake their own quality assurance standards were inadequate to detect.

As a matter of politics, their "debt of gratitude" would be to declare his conclusions "biased" due to the death threat he received some time ago from Reuters' Great Britain office.

41 posted on 08/07/2006 7:49:39 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Sarah

Of course you're right. I will say that an Israel photographer anywhere outside of Israel would have a half-life of a split nano-second though.


42 posted on 08/07/2006 8:21:21 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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