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AP Beirut photo faces questions
Ynetnews ^ | Aug.8,2006 | Yaakov Lappin

Posted on 08/09/2006 6:58:50 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

Woman appears 'mourning destruction of her home' in two photographs allegedly taken two weeks apart in different locations; foreign media remains largely hostile to Israel Yaakov Lappin

A woman has made two appearances in photographs used by the Associated Press and Reuters, allegedly wailing over the destruction of her Beirut home. US bloggers have however noticed that photographs were taken two weeks apart from each other, according to times stamps on the images, and that the photographs were taken in different locations.

"Either this woman is the unluckiest multiple home owner in Beirut, or something isn't quite right," noted the author of the Drinking From Home blog.

In the first photograph , taken by Reuters, a woman is seen in front of a bombed out building in Beirut. "A Lebanese woman wails after looking at the wreckage of her apartment, in a building, that was demolished by the Israeli attacks in southern Beirut," Reuters said in its caption. The photo was dated July 22 2006.

A second photograph of a woman who looks exactly like the woman in the first Reuters image, even bearing the same scar on her left cheek, is then supplied by the Associated Press.

Photo: AP

"A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon," the Associated Press caption claimed. The date accompanying the photograph is August 5 2006, and the scenes behind the woman are different to those of the July 22 photo.

After receiving "some emails" about the photos, the BBC removed the Associated Press image from its own website.

The Associated Press has so far not responded to requests by Ynetnews for an explanation of the mysterious time gap.

Meanwhile, sections of the foreign media are continuing to display uneven coverage of Israeli and Lebanese casualties of war and scenes of destruction.

A BBC photo display entitled "In pictures: Conflict impact," made up of eight images, uses six out of eight pictures to illustrate damages in Lebanon , but pays scant attention to the human toll and large-scale damage sustained in northern Israel .

The photographs show images of Lebanese civilians and bombed out buildings and Beirut, and carry captions such as: "A woman in Beirut cries amid the destruction."

After the BBC says fighting is hampering aid deliveries in southern Lebanon, an image of an Israeli soldier praying is shown, covering his ears while an IDF canon goes off in the background. "But ground clashes in the area continue unabated," the BBC wrote, suggesting through the image that the Israel bore most of the responsible for clashes. There are no photographs of Hizbullah rockets, or Hizbullah members firing rockets at Israel in the series.

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Only the seventh photograph in the succession shows an image of an Israeli woman mourning at a funeral, with the caption "Israelis are also counting their losses."

The last picture in the series is of an Israeli in an air raid shelter, but the person in the photo is made black by shadows, and appears to be a silhouette of a human figure. The person's age, sex, or any human features are impossible to make out – an odd choice by the BBC considering the large number of available photographs of Israeli children and families in bomb shelters.

The BBC's website photo editor, Phil Commes, has also taken a neutral line on the faked photographs from Beirut supplied by Reuters , saying: "One man's color balancing is another man's grounds for dismissal."

Washington Post journalist: Israel wants rocket attacks on itself

Meanwhile, Washington Post journalist Thomas Ricks told CNN that Israel was deliberately allowing Hizbullah to fire rockets at its civilians.

"One of the things that is going on, according to some military analysts, is that Israel purposely has left pockets of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon, because as long as they're being rocketed, they can continue to have a sort of moral equivalency in their operations in Lebanon," Ricks said.

Ricks added that "that's what military analysts have told me."

In addition, a caption provided by the AFP under a photo of rockets in Lebanon read: "Rockets fired from Israel are seen falling in the outskirts of the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre."

However, the USS Neverdock blog has spotted a contradiction, with Reuters writing under a photograph which appears to be identical: "Hizbullah missiles streak the sky as they are launched towards Israel from south Lebanon."

After analyzing the contradiction, the blog says: "Notice also the credit for the two pictures goes to two different photographers but they look like the exact same photo to me. One just has the buildings in the foreground cropped out. Was that done to disguise the fact that they are the same photo?"

Several blogs have been busy finding many more clues to forged and staged photographs, many of them taken by disgraced photographer Adnan Hajj. In particular, reports and images claiming that the IDF struck an ambulance are being challenged as false .

And in yet another suspicious case , two Reuters photographs of a Lebanese man holding a picture of Hassan Nasrallah has been challenged by the Jawa Report blog.

The same man is seen holding Nasrallah 's picture and saluting with glee, but the background for each photo of the man is dramatically different. While in one image a clear, blue sky can be seen, a second image of the man flashing a victory sign shows a dusty background, suggesting a bomb had recently been dropped in the area. Two buildings also mysteriously disappear the second photo, although both photographs seem to have been taken from the same location.

"Does this represent a dramatic change in the local architecture and air quality between the two shots, or was this yet another Lebanese stringer Photoshop project?" asks the blog's author, before

concluding: "Only the photographer knows for sure."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fauxtography; fraud; islamoganda; propaganda

"A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon," the Associated Press caption claimed. The date accompanying the photograph is August 5 2006, and the scenes behind the woman are different to those of the July 22 photo.

After receiving "some emails" about the photos, the BBC removed the Associated Press image from its own website.

1 posted on 08/09/2006 6:58:53 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Let's call her "Tourist Girl."


2 posted on 08/09/2006 7:00:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: COUNTrecount

The faux-media shown for the terrorists propagandists they all are.


3 posted on 08/09/2006 7:02:57 AM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Forth Century)
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To: COUNTrecount

Fauxtography in action.


4 posted on 08/09/2006 7:04:32 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kaboom"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Summary of the two shots and dates:

Then we have the real story:


5 posted on 08/09/2006 7:05:48 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: COUNTrecount

She's not "wailing" at all!

She's just filming her infomercial for her new real estate wealth program where you buy and rehabilitate dilapidated properties.

"Yes, my friends. You too can make it rich by following my example! Send in US$49.95 to get my book where I show you how to take an infidel bombed disaster like this one and turn it into a home worthy of Mohammed himself!"


6 posted on 08/09/2006 7:05:53 AM PDT by nhoward14
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To: COUNTrecount
Looks to me like she is gazing at godzilla rather than a flattened house.

7 posted on 08/09/2006 7:06:11 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: COUNTrecount

She looks a little like Helen Thomas.


8 posted on 08/09/2006 7:06:32 AM PDT by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: COUNTrecount

Let's continue this tidal wave and never let up!


9 posted on 08/09/2006 7:06:34 AM PDT by pissant
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To: COUNTrecount
"Command me, oh great and mighty Karl Rove, command me and I shall do thy bidding!"


10 posted on 08/09/2006 7:07:11 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: COUNTrecount
Every photo/video coming out of the MSM and Press will now be under such scrutiny that they will soon have to call themselves tabloid.
11 posted on 08/09/2006 7:07:41 AM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I wish I could photoshop Hillary's face on that woman. The clothing would do it justice.


12 posted on 08/09/2006 7:08:07 AM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Islamoganda bump


13 posted on 08/09/2006 7:08:13 AM PDT by VOA
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To: FreedomPoster

That third picture is fantastic! LMAO!


14 posted on 08/09/2006 7:08:16 AM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: pissant

Honestly- what's all the fuss? Obviously- one is her winter home, the other her summer home... :)


15 posted on 08/09/2006 7:08:29 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet-pray for Israel))
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To: FreedomPoster

Thanks for the chuckle. A "bomb magnet", lmao!


16 posted on 08/09/2006 7:09:20 AM PDT by DuxFan4ever (The next rational liberal I meet will be the first.)
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To: FreedomPoster

lol


17 posted on 08/09/2006 7:09:27 AM PDT by Republican Red (Everyone is super stoked on Gore, even if they don't know it)
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To: FreedomPoster

Too funny..laughed so hard my boss walked over to see why I was in tears..unluckiest multiple home owner in lebanon..my sides ache..maybe she should move in with binladen..


18 posted on 08/09/2006 7:11:02 AM PDT by BerniesFriend
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To: COUNTrecount
When a news organization manufactures news, it becomes a propaganda outlet.
19 posted on 08/09/2006 7:11:04 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The greatest impediment to world peace is the UN and the Peaceniks)
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To: Republican Red

Is it real or is it Reuters?


20 posted on 08/09/2006 7:11:17 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup ("Is it real? Or is it Reuters?")
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To: COUNTrecount

"Trust no one."


21 posted on 08/09/2006 7:13:01 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: Suzy Quzy; SE Mom

"Fauxtography"

LOVE IT!!!!!!!


22 posted on 08/09/2006 7:15:39 AM PDT by txrangerette ("We are fighting al-Qaeda, NOT Aunt Sadie"...Dick Cheney commenting on the wiretaps!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

Just the AP and Reuters serving up another helping of "Lebanese baloney".


23 posted on 08/09/2006 7:16:08 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: FreedomPoster

This cracked me up!!! Thanks!


24 posted on 08/09/2006 7:21:10 AM PDT by econjack
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To: COUNTrecount
Woman? I demand a chromosome check. Looks like a cross between Noreiga and Uncle Fester. Any fool can put on a burka. Something about those hands has me wondering about the gender of this slumlord.
25 posted on 08/09/2006 7:29:14 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher, the anti-Crist [FL 2006 Governor race])
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To: FreedomPoster
Heh Heh!
I think the Hollyweirdos should be inviting that woman for a major role in their next horror movie. She sure has the face for it.
26 posted on 08/09/2006 7:41:15 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: GaltMeister
She looks a little like Helen Thomas.

Well, Helen is Lebanese, so they could be related.
27 posted on 08/09/2006 7:42:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats, Euroweenies, and the MSM--the Axis of Appeasement)
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To: FreedomPoster

LOL! Nice Photoshopping


28 posted on 08/09/2006 7:44:15 AM PDT by Puddleglum (If the great cathedrals were built today, they would be shoddy and over-budget)
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To: FreedomPoster

LOL! But I think the magnet was added in Photoshop...


29 posted on 08/09/2006 7:48:59 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: COUNTrecount
SO WHAT!! The news media has been lying through its teeth since Viet Nam!! At least the Russians knew that Tas was lying to them. The lazy americans think that these guys are telling the truth. The weather men give their predications and are 47% right. They lie but they are backed by science.
30 posted on 08/09/2006 7:59:46 AM PDT by mountainlyons (Hard core conservative)
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To: COUNTrecount; Boazo; bitt

31 posted on 08/09/2006 8:12:55 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: COUNTrecount

A BBC photo display entitled "In pictures: Conflict impact," made up of eight images, uses six out of eight pictures to illustrate damages in Lebanon , but pays scant attention to the human toll and large-scale damage sustained in northern Israel .

&&&

Nothing surprising there.


32 posted on 08/09/2006 8:18:33 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: VOA

Islamoganda bump

**
Love it! You're clever.


33 posted on 08/09/2006 8:20:35 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: FreedomPoster; stylecouncilor

Now that's a funny picture.


34 posted on 08/09/2006 8:29:56 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: COUNTrecount

But where's my Mickey?! It was a Collector's Edition! Help!!!


35 posted on 08/09/2006 11:09:02 AM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: NRA1995
I DEMAND A RECOUNT, THIS IS ALL BUSH'S FAULT!


36 posted on 08/09/2006 11:21:34 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Here's a photo that demands answers:

"A Relative carries the body of Rajaa Abu Shaban, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. An Israel air strike against Islamic militants in Gaza City on Wednesday killed three people, including 5-year-old Rajaa Abu Shaban, and wounded two more, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. The Israeli army said its forces attacked a 'terrorist training camp' in Gaza, but gave no further details. (AP photo/Adel Hana)"

The caption is what makes this a true winner. We're supposed to question everything the IDF says, yet we are also expected to accept everything Hezbullah says, without question.

Typical!

37 posted on 08/09/2006 11:23:01 AM PDT by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: COUNTrecount

What's the going price for a "professional mourner" nowadays?


38 posted on 08/09/2006 11:24:08 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: DuxFan4ever

Maybe she has so many sheep and goats that she can afford two homes!


39 posted on 08/09/2006 11:25:41 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: Ciexyz
What's the going price for a "professional mourner" nowadays?

They're unionized.. SAG, AFTRA, Equity, ACTRA, or any other professional actors union, ...

40 posted on 08/09/2006 12:01:37 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

The disturbing make believe photos from this disturbing make believe event are shown below. Don’t allow children under the age of 30 to view this horror caused by Israel. Of course, this is Bush's fault.

No Problem! Here comes your Bomb!


41 posted on 08/09/2006 5:27:15 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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