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PHOTO FRAUD INCIDENT RAISES DAMAGING DOUBTS
Kansas City Star ^ | Aug. 14, 2006 | KATHLEEN PARKER

Posted on 08/14/2006 2:01:05 PM PDT by neverdem

Every historic moment has its iconic image.

Vietnam had Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong on the street; the Oklahoma City bombing had a fireman holding a child in his arms; Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box.

And today, the Israeli-Hezbollah war has Qana — the Lebanese village where Israeli rockets killed civilians, including 16 children (down from the initially reported 27).

Or did they?

The blogosphere has been buzzing the past several days about doctored photographs, faked footage and even the possibility that Qana was manipulated, if not orchestrated, by Hezbollah.

True or false? That seems increasingly to be a question for news consumers, who have to be detectives as they digest the day’s headlines and cutlines.

In the past week, for instance, at least two photos shot in Lebanon and distributed by Reuters were determined to have been doctored.

Best known of the two is an image showing black smoke plumes allegedly caused by an Israeli strike on south Beirut.

The photo, snapped and enhanced by freelance photographer Adnan Hajj, was altered to make damage from the strike seem much worse than it was, as revealed by blogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs.

Subsequently, Reuters ended its relationship with Hajj and shut down his photo archive of more than 900 images. The news agency acknowledged that at least one other Hajj photo had been doctored to show three flares dropping from an Israeli jet instead of just one.

These distortions may not rise to the level of wholesale deceit, but they are intentionally misleading and prejudicial toward Israel at a time when the stakes are lethal.

Meanwhile, others are questioning whether the Qana tragedy might have been staged by Hezbollah, based on various perceived inconsistencies.

Thus are conspiracy theories born...

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; beirut; conspiracy; qana; reuters

1 posted on 08/14/2006 2:01:07 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

I gather that if you can spell your own name, you can write for the Kansas City Star.


2 posted on 08/14/2006 2:06:46 PM PDT by Solamente (Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out...)
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To: neverdem
The iconic image for these times may well be the humble Underwood typewriter — symbol of simpler times when a thousand words could paint a good enough picture.

Like the one Walter Duranty used to cover up Stalin's crimes?

The tools have nothing to do with it. The drive to lie and deceive and to generate propaganda has everything to do with it.

3 posted on 08/14/2006 2:10:19 PM PDT by dirtboy (This tagline has been photoshopped)
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To: neverdem
The iconic image for these times may well be the humble Underwood typewriter — symbol of simpler times when a thousand words could paint a good enough picture.

It's not the typewriter, it's the typist. Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope. The important thing, whether in pictures or in words, is for the reporting to be truthful and unbiased. We are miles away from either.

4 posted on 08/14/2006 2:11:24 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: neverdem
Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box.

He was hooded and standing on a box, but he was not tortured. Geez.

5 posted on 08/14/2006 2:13:07 PM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: neverdem
Vietnam had Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong on the street...

Yes. Because, IIRC, the General had just learned of the innocent families
that had been rounded up and executed by the attackers as part
of the Tet Offensive.

Even the cameraman eventually apologized to the General for having
memorialized the event, thus making the General look like a monster...
while he was actually shooting one.

(I don't like the idea of street justice...but when your country is
invaded and innocents murdered....)
6 posted on 08/14/2006 2:15:50 PM PDT by VOA
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To: neverdem
Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box.

Oh give me a break...TORTURE....what happened to the NAM POW's...now that was torture...this is nothing more than a walk in a park....

7 posted on 08/14/2006 2:17:10 PM 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: Solamente

the KC star rejects Muslims like Qadaffi. Or Khadafi. Or Kadaffi. Whatever his name is.


8 posted on 08/14/2006 2:17:41 PM PDT by dangus
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To: neverdem
...Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box...

As if Ted Kennedy hasn't been drunk and standing with a lampshade on his head.

9 posted on 08/14/2006 2:19:24 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: neverdem

I don't know. Other than the "conspiracy theory" crack, I thought this was a pretty sober take from the MSM.


10 posted on 08/14/2006 2:31:19 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: neverdem

I don't know. Other than the "conspiracy theory" crack, I thought this was a pretty sober take from the MSM.


11 posted on 08/14/2006 2:31:19 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: neverdem

It was intitially reported at 54 and not 27 as she stated.


12 posted on 08/14/2006 2:42:03 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: neverdem

Vietnam had Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong on the street; the Oklahoma City bombing had a fireman holding a child in his arms; Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box.

The execution was staged for the media.

And the arab press had already run fake pictures of abuse by the time the Abu Ghraib photos were released to the press by the family of one of the perps.


13 posted on 08/14/2006 2:51:48 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Skooz

To the media, that WAS torture.


14 posted on 08/14/2006 2:52:12 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: neverdem
The iconic image for these times may well be the humble Underwood typewriter — symbol of simpler times when a thousand words could paint a good enough picture.

An icon's not much of an icon when half the audience can't recognize it.
15 posted on 08/14/2006 2:53:46 PM PDT by Xenalyte (God, please guide Flyer home.)
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To: prion
I don't know. Other than the "conspiracy theory" crack, I thought this was a pretty sober take from the MSM.

I find Kathleen Parker to be a pretty good writer. Folks often carp about the smallest details, but she writes with common sense, IMHO.

"How can citizens make honest judgments about events — whether the war on terror, the war in Iraq or Israel’s response to Hezbollah — if they can’t rely on news from the front?"

I thought that sentence explained the main thrust of the column. From reading the thread's comments, I doubt most folks read the whole column.

16 posted on 08/14/2006 3:04:25 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
These distortions may not rise to rise way above the level of wholesale deceit
17 posted on 08/14/2006 3:04:30 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: VOA
Even the cameraman eventually apologized to [General Loan]

Eddie Adams of AP, back when a man could have a conscience and work for AP.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

18 posted on 08/14/2006 3:41:59 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F (In which article of the Constitution is the Press assigned a role in government? Precisely.)
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To: neverdem
"Abu Ghraib had the hooded torture victim standing on a box. "

That would be a hooded insurgent terrorist combatant.

19 posted on 08/14/2006 4:05:18 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Teddy is all wet.)
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To: neverdem

Calls into question a lot of things the media prints doesn't it? Of course, I am not the least bit surprised.


20 posted on 08/14/2006 4:06:30 PM PDT by ladyinred (Thank God the Brits don't have a New York Times!)
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To: VOA

Yup, bump.


21 posted on 08/14/2006 4:10:23 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: VOA

IIRC, it was the General himself's family which was murdered by the guy he shot.

Entirely understandable.

I'd have done the same thing.


22 posted on 08/14/2006 4:11:07 PM PDT by Philistone (Turning lead into gold...)
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