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Jihadis Playing Possum
Wall Street Journal Best of the Web ^ | 8/08/06 | JAMES TARANTO

Posted on 08/08/2006 1:30:54 PM PDT by Hazcat

Plainly this scene was staged for the benefit of the cameras, though it is important to note we know of no evidence that the photographer was complicit in the staging. It is, however, a clear example of how terrorist groups use journalists to spread their propaganda.

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globaljihad; islamoganda; jamestaranto
"Dead" body moves.
1 posted on 08/08/2006 1:30:54 PM PDT by Hazcat
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To: Hazcat

"I got better"


2 posted on 08/08/2006 1:34:55 PM PDT by Ueriah
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To: Hazcat
Can you imagine it is 1930's and the world press corps is slavishly following around after the Soviet Press Officer and producing glowing reports on the miracles that Uncle Joe Stalin and Communism has brought the Soviet Union?

Oh wait, that did happen. The Press is gullible and afraid to ask the tough questions that go against their worldview.

3 posted on 08/08/2006 1:39:42 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (I'll have the duck with mango salsa.)
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To: Ueriah
LOL!!!

MORTICIAN: Bring out your dead!
Bring out your dead!
[clang] Bring out your dead!
[clang] Bring out your dead!
[clang] Bring out your dead!
[clang] Bring out your dead!
CUSTOMER: Here's one -- nine pence.
DEAD PERSON: I'm not dead!
MORTICIAN: What?
CUSTOMER: Nothing -- here's your nine pence.
DEAD PERSON: I'm not dead!
MORTICIAN: Here -- he says he's not dead!
CUSTOMER: Yes, he is.
DEAD PERSON: I'm not!
MORTICIAN: He isn't.
CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
DEAD PERSON: I'm getting better!
CUSTOMER: No, you're not -- you'll be stone dead in a moment.
MORTICIAN: Oh, I can't take him like that -- it's against regulations.
DEAD PERSON: I don't want to go in the cart!
CUSTOMER: Oh, don't be such a baby.
MORTICIAN: I can't take him...
DEAD PERSON: I feel fine!
CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor...
MORTICIAN: I can't.
CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
MORTICIAN: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson's -- they've lost nine today.
CUSTOMER: Well, when is your next round?
MORTICIAN: Thursday.
DEAD PERSON: I think I'll go for a walk.
CUSTOMER: You're not fooling anyone y'know. Look, isn't there something you can do?
DEAD PERSON: I feel happy... I feel happy.
[whop]
CUSTOMER: Ah, thanks very much.
MORTICIAN: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
CUSTOMER: Right.
[clop clop]
MORTICIAN: Who's that then?
CUSTOMER: I don't know.
MORTICIAN: Must be a king.
CUSTOMER: Why?
MORTICIAN: He hasn't got sh!t all over him.

4 posted on 08/08/2006 1:40:16 PM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: Hazcat
the Times has not even covered the [Reuters Photo] scandal. At this writing, the only mention of it on the Times Web site is Reuters' own coverage of it.

I just looked myself to see if there was any coverage in the printed Times. There wasn't; which is one reason this former daily reader of 40+ years now only looks at the paper in instances such as this so that I have examples to throw in the face of people who insist that the Times deserves its place as the newspaper of record.

ML/NJ

6 posted on 08/08/2006 1:46:56 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Hazcat
In 1939 they called them... canned-goods.
7 posted on 08/08/2006 1:50:35 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Hazcat

OK, I'm going to ask, even if it makes me look dumb.

I looked and studied the pix at the link, but what am I looking for? How can they tell the body moved/is moving?


8 posted on 08/08/2006 1:51:32 PM PDT by eyespysomething (How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: eyespysomething

1st pix bodies lying there, 2nd pix one body sitting up.


9 posted on 08/08/2006 1:52:55 PM PDT by Hazcat
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To: eyespysomething
I looked and studied the pix at the link, but what am I looking for? How can they tell the body moved/is moving?

It's sitting upright. I happen to think he's pinin' for the fjords.

10 posted on 08/08/2006 1:56:57 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (What is our exit strategy in the war on poverty?)
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To: Hazcat

I feel happy! I feel happy! I think I'll go for a walk!

11 posted on 08/08/2006 1:58:16 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (What is our exit strategy in the war on poverty?)
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To: Hazcat

OK, but those pix at the link are all the same one, right? Is there one showing another picture from before the one at the link?


12 posted on 08/08/2006 1:58:43 PM PDT by eyespysomething (How do I set a laser printer to stun?)
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To: Hazcat

"Ok...well let me know if his condition changes." (hangs up)

"So...how is he?"

"He's dead."

-Top Secret (I almost forgot about this movie)


13 posted on 08/08/2006 1:58:53 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: SlowBoat407

And by the way, I don't even want to guess what else he's doing under that blanket, if you take my meanin'


14 posted on 08/08/2006 1:59:14 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (What is our exit strategy in the war on poverty?)
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To: Hazcat
Also, for a bunch of very recently deceaseD who died by rather violent means, THERE IS NO BLOOD SOAKING THROUGH ON ANY OF THE SHEETS.
15 posted on 08/08/2006 2:01:18 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: Sax

And why cover the faces - they don't anywhere else for these types of photos, and not a pair of sneakers on any of them? Is bare feet supposed to make 'em look deader?


16 posted on 08/08/2006 2:03:43 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: Hazcat
The sitting up guy is conclusive. But also...look at the sheets. These people were supposedly killed by bombs and collapsing buildings, and not one sheet has a blood stain soaked through. Also note the legs - not one is protruding at a funny angle to suggest severe trauma.

It certainly suggests that the sitting up guy wasn't added just to increase the count of truly dead bodies. I bet none of them have shuffled off the mortal coil.
17 posted on 08/08/2006 2:06:14 PM PDT by Gator101
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To: SlowBoat407


Thank God someone had the right idea of what to do with Helen Thomas...
18 posted on 08/08/2006 2:07:44 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: Hazcat
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19 posted on 08/08/2006 2:10:37 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: Hazcat
That's right, there's no evidence that the photographers were complicit.
20 posted on 08/08/2006 2:13:13 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The worst thing about censorship is XXXXXXXXXXXXX)
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To: Hazcat
"Wait wait Mr. AP Photographer...Akmed was not settled yet. Lay down and stay still Akmed!. Ok, now take your picture. Got it? Alright! Everybody grab your sheets and let's meet down at the crater where the rocket warehouse...err, I mean *baby milk* factory used to be."
21 posted on 08/08/2006 2:18:10 PM PDT by Gator101
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To: Hazcat
Does anyone know if someone has compiled a complete list of all these fake, doctored and staged photos?

I really want to share all of this information with as many people as I can, and pointing them to one place would be good. I'll compile my own list if I have to. This is really quite amazing that they are being so blatant.

22 posted on 08/08/2006 2:25:17 PM PDT by LizJ
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To: LizJ

For some of them, try http://www.honestreporting.com


23 posted on 08/08/2006 2:47:59 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: LizJ

Taranto has added an update, including this link with more pictures of the same body:
http://www.theaugeanstables.com/2006/08/06/post-on-washington-post-removed/print/


24 posted on 08/08/2006 2:48:05 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Sax

When they die, people steal their shoes. Thus, dead and bare feet.


25 posted on 08/08/2006 2:51:04 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Thanks for the link. It now appears that they were, in fact, dead bodies, including the once sitting up. I'm big enough to admit when I am wrong. I think that is what separates us from the kook-left fringe who will turn to tin-foil and conspiracies when confronted with the truth.

This still certainly doesn't mean that all the pictures we have seen out of Lebanon are accurate nor is the reporting not heavily biased against Israel. In this case though the picture seems to be what it purported. It's a pity the WSJ didn't see the other pictures before they wrote their article. Their update and keeping the post up instead of doing a CNN-like disappearing act speaks to their honesty.
26 posted on 08/08/2006 3:24:35 PM PDT by Gator101
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To: Gator101
This still certainly doesn't mean that all the pictures we have seen out of Lebanon are accurate...

You're a mensch to admit the error, but aren't we all jumping the gun a little? Today's excitement about the Qasmiya Bridge, for instance, just exposes how little most bloggers and blog readers know about photography.

27 posted on 08/08/2006 4:20:53 PM PDT by Grut
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