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Altered war Manipulated photos highlight untruths in Mideast conflict By LICIA CORBELLA
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Columnists/Corbella_Licia/2006/08/08/pf-1724171.html ^

Posted on 08/08/2006 8:39:56 AM PDT by exg

Altered war Manipulated photos highlight untruths in Mideast conflict By LICIA CORBELLA

They say the first casualty of war is Truth. Yesterday, the respected news agency Reuters issued an unprecedented announcement. Essentially, it admitted it unwittingly published propaganda as straight news.

In a released statement, the wire agency announced the withdrawal of all 920 photographs by freelance Lebanese photographer, Adnan Hajj from its database "after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hezbollah," said the statement.

Wishful thinking on Reuters' part.

The breaches go far deeper than just two photos.

The "urgent review" was initiated after numerous examples of staged "rescue" photos were shown on numerous blogs on the Internet including: http://powerlinblog.com/archives/014919.php and http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006/07/milking-it.html and http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/184206.php

Global picture editor Tom Szlukovenyi said: "There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image."

Hajj has worked for Reuters from 1993 to 2003 and then again since April 2005.

One has to wonder what other propaganda has been disseminated as straight news by Hajj.

The statement continues: "Reuters ended its relationship with Hajj on Sunday after it found that a photograph he had taken of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on suburban Beirut had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more and darker smoke rising from buildings.

"An immediate enquiry began into Hajj's other work," continued the Reuters statement.

It established yesterday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug. 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.

"Manipulating photographs in this way is entirely unacceptable and contrary to all the principles consistently held by Reuters throughout its long and distinguished history. It undermines not only our reputation but also the good name of all our photographers," Szlukovenyi said.

But altering photos wasn't Hajj's only specialty. As http://powerlinblog.com/archives/014919.php shows.

On July 24 at 2:37 PM ET a Hajj photo shows a destroyed southern Beirut neighbourhood with a very distinctive building with a geometric design on the building.

On August 5 -- 12 days following that photo, Hajj sent out a photo of the exact same neighbourhood and the following cutline accompanied the photo: "A Lebanese woman looks at the sky as she walks past a building flattened during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut's suburbs August 5, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)".

So, the world believes Israel is flattening entire neighbourhoods constantly when in fact the same neighbourhood is repeatedly shown. Thank heavens for bloggers.

More interestingly, however, http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006/07/milking-it.html exposes that these war photographers from various agencies are having the same "news" photo staged for them.

In this blog, the same child is seen being carried by three different men in their rush to get the obviously dead child to an ambulance. The photos were clearly staged for each different photographer over several hours.

Did the photographers know this? It's hard to know.

Yesterday, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora initially said 40 people were killed in an Israeli air strike in Marjayoun. Oops. Slight exaggeration. Actually five people were killed.

And remember the news from Qana, where apparently 54 members of two families were killed July 30 by Israeli bombs according to Lebanese officials? Remember how they said mostly children died?

Human Rights Watch put the toll at 28 killed and 13 missing. Wanna bet the missing 13 were evacuated to Canada? From 40 to five, 54 to 28. The Lebanese government claims more than 500 Lebanese have died since this war began -- a war the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah started.

So, what's the Truth? It's definitely less and likely a lot less.

Needless to say, it's sad that any innocent people had to die thanks to the lunacy of Hezbollah. It's particularly sad that Truth is killed again and again and Canadians embrace the lies of terrorist groups rather than the Truth of our ally.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adnanhajj; agitprop; drivebymedia; fakephotos; fauxtography; goebbelswouldbeproud; israel; lebanon; liberalmedia; lyingliars; makingitup; mediabias; mediawar; nonapologyapology; propaganda; proterrorist; reutergate; reuters; reutersbias; terroristshills

1 posted on 08/08/2006 8:39:58 AM PDT by exg
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To: exg
There is no graver breach of Reuters standards...

What standards?

2 posted on 08/08/2006 8:42:16 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: exg

Five? I thought the number had been whittled down to ONE.


3 posted on 08/08/2006 8:43:36 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: exg
Essentially, it admitted it unwittingly published propaganda as straight news.

Maybe, they could just use italics or bold when this ISN'T the case.

4 posted on 08/08/2006 8:43:45 AM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

No cred.


5 posted on 08/08/2006 8:44:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: exg
...it admitted it unwittingly published propaganda as straight news.

Well, so the story goes. Not a little of the stuff they've published wittingly falls under that category as well. I will say that once caught they didn't attempt to bluster it out as did Dan Rather and CBS news under similar circumstances.

6 posted on 08/08/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mtbopfuyn

"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards..."

"What standards?"

Why getting caught, of course.


7 posted on 08/08/2006 8:47:08 AM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: All
"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards..."

"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards... than to get caught pushing our propoganda!"

8 posted on 08/08/2006 8:47:32 AM PDT by avacado
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To: MPJackal

You beat me to it!


9 posted on 08/08/2006 8:48:06 AM PDT by avacado
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To: exg
Reuters latest unbiased photos of Israeli troop movements in Lebanon:


10 posted on 08/08/2006 8:48:22 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: exg

Reuter fauxtog Adnan Haijj is a window licker in a short bus.


11 posted on 08/08/2006 8:48:46 AM PDT by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire.)
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To: exg

Unwittingly-------Unwittingly ??? I hardly thinks so. They knew what they were doing and they got caught.

Does anyone really believe they admitted this of their own volition, just out of the blue.??

They got caught or they would still be doing it and may stil be doing it anyway.

I think dan rather called it fake but acureat. Reuters doesnt have that excuse , Its just plain fake.


12 posted on 08/08/2006 8:49:09 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: exg

Reuters has pulled the photos but they continue to influence. There is a CNN news graphic montage they use for the "crisis in the middle east" and for a fleeting moment, one of Hajj's stills is used (the one with the unusually bright fireball).
They can pull the photos and issue apologies, but the damage is already done. Only a matter of time before they surface on Hezbollah recruiting posters.


13 posted on 08/08/2006 8:51:12 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: FormerACLUmember

Drudge told LGF that photo could hurt peoples perception on this story.

I think it only clarifies the deception when you tell people that only Godzilla was added.


14 posted on 08/08/2006 8:51:56 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: sgtbono2002

The DUmmies have said (A) it is an Israeli/Rovian con (*itch set me up), (B) it is fake but accurate, (C) it is genuine.


15 posted on 08/08/2006 8:53:55 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: exg
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Reuters is entirely innocent of this affair. There is no bias in their reporting..
16 posted on 08/08/2006 8:54:21 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: sgtbono2002
It is funny how you never see papers coming forward and saying they caught this unethical behavior. They ONLY do it after being caught. Not exactly the intent of the 1st Amendment.
17 posted on 08/08/2006 8:55:09 AM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: exg
"Essentially, it admitted it unwittingly published propaganda as straight news."

No, they just got caught because they're getting too blatant, just like the rest of the mass media.

18 posted on 08/08/2006 8:55:23 AM PDT by cake_crumb (One presidential visit to Baghdad is worth 1000 pathetic declarations of defeat from the left)
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To: exg

It ain't just pictures thats being used as propaganda


19 posted on 08/08/2006 8:55:45 AM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: exg

respected news agency Reuters (??)


Riiiiiight..


20 posted on 08/08/2006 9:00:51 AM PDT by Center Line Theory
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To: exg
Just for the tag line.

Which is trademarked and copyrighted, so don't get any big ideas J

21 posted on 08/08/2006 9:17:59 AM PDT by upchuck (Rooooooooters ~ Giving smoke and mirrors a bad name since 1937.)
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To: weegee

22 posted on 08/08/2006 9:21:27 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: exg
But altering photos wasn't Hajj's only specialty.

Considering how badly he did it, I hope he finds another specialty.

23 posted on 08/08/2006 9:25:01 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Loose lips sink ships - and the New York Times really doesn't have a problem with sinking ships.)
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To: exg
Yep, we in the pajama media figured out the UN-truths by the MSM long ago and their treasonous activities. Nothing new here.......
24 posted on 08/08/2006 9:26:30 AM PDT by shield ( A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: FormerACLUmember

LOL

OK, now - how do I get the coffee out of my keyboard?


25 posted on 08/08/2006 9:26:49 AM PDT by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: exg
Are staged pictures the same as rearranged ones.
AP's big time news:
Contractors in Iraq got killed in an ambush, their bodies dragged to a bridge and hung up there.
Picture generated by local freelancer.
NBC's:
Troops enter building in Iraq, see two seemingly lifeless bodies piled on top of each other.
The body on top reacts and moves his hand possibly to detonate munitions.
Troops fire, body collapses.
Freelancer takes pictures out of hidden position with perfect angle.
Think about: One dead body at bottom, one wounded body on top clearly arranged.
Freelancer then insists on media freedom rights.
Staging deadly scenarios... is it equal to fixing up truth afterwards, or more so when using staged dead and live bodies to make headlines of U.S. killer troops.
26 posted on 08/08/2006 9:30:49 AM PDT by hermgem (The same)
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"It's particularly sad that Truth is killed again and again..."

"I am the way, the 'Truth', and the life..." Jesus Christ

Truth is crucified (sacrificed) because the world rejects Jesus Christ

Anti-Christ is Anti-Truth...

Islam is a false religion...

Mohammad is the false Prophet

27 posted on 08/08/2006 9:39:51 AM PDT by AMHN (Book Survey: Which is greater "Truth" or "Love"? FReepmail a reply)
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To: AMHN

Amen...


28 posted on 08/08/2006 10:25:25 AM PDT by shepherd_king
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To: exg

Bump for later read.


29 posted on 08/08/2006 10:34:18 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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