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Presenting false images (WashTimes OpEd on Hajj&Co.)
Washington Times ^
| August 16, 2006
| Joel Mobray
Posted on 08/17/2006 6:31:17 AM PDT by abb
When Reuters was forced to sever ties with free-lance photographer Adnan Hajj and remove more than 900 of his photos from its database earlier this month, long-whispered questions about the reliability of Arab stringers and freelancers came to the forefront. But while the widespread use of Arab locals in covering the Middle East raises many legitimate concerns, the Palestinian propaganda machine has enjoyed tremendous success over the years hoodwinking supposedly sophisticated Western journalists. And Hezbollah appears to have done the same over the past month. In short, almost nothing that is purported to happen in the Arab world can automatically be taken at face value. Not even if it's captured in a photo. Nowhere is the use of Arab "fixers" (as they are known) more common than in the Palestinian territories. And yet despite the extensive reliance on locals who presumably enjoy greater familiarity with the terrain and key players, negative press coverage of the Palestinian Authority or various Islamic terrorist organizations operating in the territories has long been scant.
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posted on 08/17/2006 6:31:17 AM PDT
As long as the refer to Hezb'Allah as Hezbollah then we are still being hoodwinked.
posted on 08/17/2006 6:43:40 AM PDT
(Do not remove by penalty of law!)
posted on 08/17/2006 6:56:26 AM PDT
The day of reckoning for the press is near. They must take full responsibility for helping to radicalize a whole generation of young Muslims by feeding them a steady diet of "false images." The press, IMO, has blood on their hands. They are as responsible for terrorism as the radical Imams and Madrasses.
Soon even people on the left will ask, "If they have been lying about the Middle East and Israel for 50+ years, what else have they been lying about?"
...But it's not as if this is news to the Western media. They know it. Yet pretend as if they don't. That's the real travesty.
posted on 08/17/2006 7:05:11 AM PDT
(Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
"If they have been lying about the Middle East and Israel for 50+ years, what else have they been lying about?"
Try: What else have they been lying about for the last 1300+ years?
posted on 08/17/2006 7:12:20 AM PDT
(When Tolerance met Indifference, it was love at first sight.)
The propaganda machine could not be successful without the complicity of the MSM. They tout every phony charge against Israel and America with no attempt to verify at all.
posted on 08/17/2006 7:36:55 AM PDT
(I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
In short, almost nothing that is purported to happen in the Arab world can automatically be taken at face value. "
posted on 08/17/2006 8:03:58 AM PDT
("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
A better rule of thumb is that 90% of what you read is simply incorrect.
Anyone who has been the subject of a story knows that.
posted on 08/17/2006 8:41:19 AM PDT
(Nuance treats reality as a mere Rorschach test.)
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posted on 08/17/2006 9:01:38 AM PDT
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How about this picture which appeared in today's Columbus Dispatch?
LEFTERIS PITARAKIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Caption: An anti-U.S. banner decorates a building near Tyre that was destroyed during the Israeli offensive against Hezbollah.
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posted on 08/17/2006 3:29:11 PM PDT
(The PilgrimsóDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do!)
IMO that statement should read:
"In short, almost nothing that is purported to happen in the islamic world can automatically be taken at face value. "
During a televised debate on a local (Australian) TV program about Hezb'allah - in which a number of muslim and christian Lebanese immigrants took part, a woman shouted -
'THERE ARE A MILLION DEAD CHILDREN BURIED IN THE RUBBLE!'
I can imagine what a terrifying headline that might have made, given the motives of the ENEMEDIA in the US.
Nothing that islam says or does goes beyond its agenda - truth has nothing to do with it.
posted on 08/17/2006 3:34:33 PM PDT
by Fred Nerks
(ENEMY + MEDIA = ENEMEDIA)
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