Skip to comments.AP captures Hezbollah setting up Photo Shoot for Reuters [Staging the Fauxtos]
Posted on 08/11/2006 11:47:13 AM PDT by TaxRelief
1) Man arrives with suitcase full of American toys and dismantles doll in pink dress. (AP)
2) Man carries dismantled doll, minnie mouse and teletubbie for placing in dramatic poses. (Reuters)
3) Fauxtographer takes pictures when props are in position.(Reuters)
We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours. Golda Meir, to Anwar Saddat just before the peace talks. Israeli (Russian-born) politician (1898 - 1978)
And why do toy dolls always defy gravity by floating to the top of the debris?
Dude, why don't ya take your own advice here? You are so emotionally invested in the terrorists explanation of these pictures. The explanation is obvious and staright-forward. The man brought the toys to the scene in the suitcase. He then tore the arms off and planted them on top of the rubble. That's all.
You are making convoluted explanations and highlighting different random sections of pictures to support the terrorist's propaganda. Then ya have the audacity to tell others that THEY need to keep their feet on the ground???
Actually, my only point is that it's fishy. Since every report I've read or seen says nobody (especially "journalists") gets in or out of Hezbollah territory (called a "Hizbollah stronghold" in AP caption) without permission and an escort, my guess is these 3 photographers were brought there to photograph a scene that was already set up. They knew they were watching a staged event so the money shot (Minnie) was submitted w/o reference to the guy and with a different date. The evidence (lack of dust, perfectly placed Minnie, similar documented photos, etc) all point to a staged scene. If you think that scene was legit, more power to you. I have noticed however, we aren't seeing these kind of photos coming out of there since these things have been exposed. Like a Boston Herald Photo Editor was quoted as saying the other day, you can't believe anything coming out of Beirut.
Okay. I changed my mind. After looking at close-ups again of Pic #2 I agree that it is, in fact, the Minnie doll. My bad. Good catch.
"Dude, why don't ya take your own advice here? You are so emotionally invested in the terrorists explanation of these pictures. The explanation is obvious and staright-forward. The man brought the toys to the scene in the suitcase. He then tore the arms off and planted them on top of the rubble. That's all."
If you're not being sarcastic, all I can say is sheesh.
And thanks to you too for making my point.
This is BIGGER THAN RATHER, my friends.
Those balls look like cat toys. Maybe he is a cat fancier.
No expert here but lots of experience with dolls :o) - he appears to be holding the doll by an arm in picture 1 and then voila! The doll has no arms.
This kind of photo op works so well with the Arab street - they "misunderestimate" the rest of the world.
They have been able to get away with this staging within the Arab street for a very long time. It's their minds that are too clumsy - not realizing the rest of the world is not that stupid.
That one is definitely in the buffer!
Sickening piece of sh** propaganda, makes me PUKE.
I'd imagine this kind of sh** goes on in Iraq also, to be picked up by the MSM as they try to destroy America's will to fight, in their pathetic campaign to discredit George Bush and his administration.
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It is time to put Reuters, et al, on notice that we expect a higher caliber product.
TO: Reuters, NYT, abc, nbc, cbs, AP, AFP, et al.
Henceforth, All issued photography will conform to the following standards:
Photographs will be a)undoctored, b)candid, and c)prop-free. All photos shall be shot in an extended time sequence so that images can be reviewed for authenticity. All time stamps on photos shall be in GMT, and photos with improper time stamps shall be discarded. All photographers shall be accompanied by a witness -of verifiable character- whose job is to determine the authenticity of the scene being photographed.
Photo-editors will have the responsibility of obtaining RAW files for review. Editors shall be in direct contact with subjects to verify caption information. All photos in a time sequence shall be available for blogger review, AT ANY TIME.
Any outlet unable to conform to the new standards using digital photography will be expected to return to traditional film use. Negatives in a time sequence shall be available for blogger review, AT ANY TIME.
All news outlets will be issued conformance grades from AAA to BBB or F. Outlets failing to conform and resisting the current standards will, after three warnings, will be deemed "fauxtographers" and graded "F" which will ultimately affect both reputation and revenue.
This is the person to contact at Reuters. Let her know how you feel about this.
Moira Whittle: firstname.lastname@example.org