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Fauxtography: The Media Scandal Continues ^ | 8/16/06 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 08/16/2006 3:52:11 AM PDT by beyond the sea

It's the story that the journalistic elite would rather just go away. In the aftermath of Reuters' admission that one of its photographers, Adnan Hajj, had manipulated two war images from Lebanon after bloggers smoked out his crude Photoshop alterations, and all 920 of his Reuters photos were pulled, evidence of far more troubling photo staging and media deception in the Middle East continues to pour in.

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs ( calls it "fauxtography."

Reuters on Sunday withdrew an image of smoke rising from burning buildings after an Israeli air strike on the suburbs of Beirut on August 5, 2006 after evidence emerged that it had been manipulated to show more smoke. The manipulated image is shown on the left. The unaltered image, shown on the right, has since run. Reuters has told the photographer, freelance Adnan Hajj, that the agency will not use any more of his pictures

One of Hajj's photos was an iconic image of a dusty dead child with a clean blue pacifier clipped to his shirt, paraded by a corpse handler at the site of an Israeli airstrike in Qana, Lebanon. Mainstream journalists have sneered at bloggers' suspicions, first raised at EU Referendum (, that some of the gruesome photos from that scene may have been staged. Washington Post photographer Michael Robinson-Chavez, who was at Qana, huffed: "Everyone was dead, many of them children. Nothing was set up." But last week, a German television station aired damning video footage from the scene showing a lead propaganda director (dubbed the "Green Helmet Guy") positioning a young boy's corpse, yanking it from an ambulance, placing it on two different stretchers for the cameras and pushing bystanders out of the way for clearer shots.

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To: beyond the sea

Hey, I have a clue for you. Don't believe anything anyone with the last name of "Hajj" tells you about the middle east, jews, terrorists, islam or military issues.

This dude has been to Mecca.

21 posted on 08/16/2006 7:03:15 AM PDT by 308MBR ( "She pulled up her petticoat, and I pulled out for Tulsa!" Abstinence training from Bob Wills.)
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To: 308MBR
This dude has been to Mecca.----

Whatever that means.

22 posted on 08/16/2006 8:48:19 AM PDT by beyond the sea (The truth exists even when ignored.)
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To: beyond the sea

Anyone who in the world who has "Hajj" as part of their name either has a parent who has crawled to that black cube in Mecca, or has done the deed themselves.

That's what it means, and it's pretty hardcore.

Muslims are our enemy, and you should learn all you can about them.

23 posted on 08/16/2006 10:04:29 PM PDT by 308MBR ( "She pulled up her petticoat, and I pulled out for Tulsa!" Abstinence training from Bob Wills.)
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To: beyond the sea

Just another isolated incident....

But enough "isolated incidents" make for a certain degree of malicious aforethought.

24 posted on 08/17/2006 4:15:36 AM PDT by alloysteel (My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.)
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To: beyond the sea

Truth Bump

25 posted on 08/17/2006 12:43:20 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: PajamaTruthMafia
The Reutergate scandal and issues with Beirut Photos in general. There are 3 areas of concern: 1) Staging of photos and; 2) Doctoring of photos and, 3) Misleading Captions

Links are in chronological order.


Excellent Video recap by

Excellent Video recap by Michelle Malkin

CNN's Anderson Copper Admits to seeing staging plus Germany TV video catches Green Helmet in the Act

The Corruption of the Media A lengthy, comprehensive review of Fauxtography at Qana by EU Referendum


"Milking it" (Critical look at Qana photos)

"Hezbollywood? Evidence mounts that Qana collapse and deaths were staged"

"Who is this Man?" (Green Helmet)

"Qana - the director's cut"

"The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth" (Green Helmet & Co, show up in Tyre)

"Reuters calls the doctor, take 2" (Powerline blog exposes yet another suspect group of photos same damage reported as new 12 days apart)

"Extreme Makeover - Beirut Edition" (Drinking from Home exposed more photos. This time, the same woman is shown losing her home first in Southern Beirut on 7/22 and then in the "suburbs of Beirut" on 8/5)

"Shaking the Dead" (Confederate Yankee shows staged photos of a "rescue worker" grasping a hand protruding from the rubble for both Reuters and AP)

"The Passion of the Toys" (Slublog has a collection of all the posed stuffed animals among the ruble)

"Lights, Camera, Action!" ICRC Posing with bodies

Green Helmet the movie director [Germany's NDR busts him in the act]


Little Green Footballs uncovered an obviously doctored photo by Hajj (Beirut Smoke)

It was quickly picked up here on FR

Reuters admits the first photo (Beirut smoke) was doctored and suspended Hajj

A second doctored photo (F16) was identified by Jawa

Reuters admits the second photo was also doctored, fired Hajj and withdrew all 920 of his photographs


New York Times Busted in Hezbollah Photo Fraud!

More Reuters Fauxtography [Caption Correction Issued]

26 posted on 08/17/2006 1:40:05 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: Republican Red
That left strap looks awfully loose, too.


27 posted on 08/17/2006 1:45:53 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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