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Reuters Fauxtography Alert: Spreading Hamas Propaganda With Fake Power Outage Photos
Newsbusters.org ^ | 1/26/08 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 01/26/2008 3:26:31 PM PST by Mobile Vulgus

Photos Posted Below the Fold

The Jerusalem Post caught another fauxtography scam out of the mideast this week. It appears that Hamas legislators have staged fake power outages to illustrate how oppressed they are for the benefit of journalists. The Journalists were treated to a photo op of the Hamas legislators sitting in their halls of power surrounded by burning candles in rooms with curtains drawn. The scene was set to show how they have had their power cut by the eeeevil Jews. Only problem is, midday sunlight can clearly be seen against the curtains. So, the candles were unnecessary. All they had to do was open the curtains and they would be able to see just fine. Obviously Reuters (and others) allowed Hamas to manipulate the facts. But that didn't seem to bother any of these so-called journalists who were quite happy to go along.

The Jerusalem Post says of the fauxtography incident:

On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.

In the first case, journalists who were invited to cover the Hamas government meeting were surprised to see Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers sitting around a table with burning candles.

In the second case on Tuesday, journalists noticed that Hamas legislators who were meeting in Gaza City also sat in front of burning candles.

Oh, the humanities. But wait, Hamas was only pretending they needed candles...

But some of the journalists noticed that there was actually no need for the candles because both meetings were being held in daylight.

Like I said, Reuters went on ahead and published these photos as if there was nothing at all amiss.

And as NRO says of the incident:

And more fun with Big Media propagandists: During a soi-disant Israeli "power cut", Palestinians are forced to hold a parliamentary session by candlelight. Alas, even with the curtains drawn, the blazing sunlight keeps peeping through.

These photographs were taken by Mohammed Salem of Reuters and Hatem Moussa of the Associated Press. If neither of these organizations wish to comment, perhaps some of the ethics panjandrums at America's journalism schools would like to weigh in.

Here are the photos along with the misleading tag lines that Reuters tagged onto them. You can clearly see the sunlight behind the curtains:

Palestinian lawmakers attend a parliament session in candlelight during a power cut in Gaza January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Palestinian lawmakers attend a parliament session in candlelight during a power cut in Gaza January 22, 2008. Israel agreed to allow some fuel, medicine and food into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Tuesday, at least temporarily easing a blockade that has plunged much of the territory into darkness and sparked international protests. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)

Palestinian lawmakers attend a parliament session in candlelight during a power cut in Gaza January 22, 2008. Israel agreed to allow some fuel, medicine and food into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Tuesday, at least temporarily easing a blockade that has plunged much of the territory into darkness and sparked international protests. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bias; fauxtography; hamas; media; mediabias; msm; palestinians; reuters
Can we ever believe a word these people say?
1 posted on 01/26/2008 3:26:36 PM PST by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Heh, heh.

Busted!

2 posted on 01/26/2008 3:28:46 PM PST by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Hey, it’s ambience. You know... romantic setting, and all that...


3 posted on 01/26/2008 3:29:32 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Just setting the mood for some manlove, boylove, and goatlove.


4 posted on 01/26/2008 3:30:41 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Mobile Vulgus

They don’t want the curtains opened, then they would have to scatter into the cracks in the walls.


5 posted on 01/26/2008 3:30:50 PM PST by LowOiL (Duncan Hunter .. accept no conservative substitute... it can cause cancer of the heart...)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

What’s with all the Star’s of David on the front of the table? Why would they let those there if they hate the evil JOOOOOS so much?


6 posted on 01/26/2008 3:35:36 PM PST by SwankyC
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Can we ever believe a word these people say?

No.


7 posted on 01/26/2008 3:38:30 PM PST by andyandval
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To: SwankyC

That’s not a star of David. The Star of David is formed by two triangles, not two squares.


8 posted on 01/26/2008 3:39:26 PM PST by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: Pablo64

This is me slinking away feeling stupid. I thought they looked weird....


9 posted on 01/26/2008 3:41:33 PM PST by SwankyC
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To: Mobile Vulgus
See my post about this earlier in the week.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 01/26/2008 3:46:42 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: SwankyC

LOL! That’s alright. Just drink some Mogen David wine tonight and all will be forgiven.


11 posted on 01/26/2008 3:50:09 PM PST by Pablo64 (What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Forget the sunlight! Check out the reflection of the ceiling lights near the front desk!

ML/NJ

12 posted on 01/26/2008 3:50:41 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Mobile Vulgus

They are evil. These muzzies are evil. They should be driven out of the Middle East entirely. They have no respect for human life and they recognize no rights to anybody but their own imams.

They are constantly defacing and destroying Christian and Jewish holy sites including every Synagogue in the so-called ‘palestinian areas’ (some going back to the 8th Century and having documents almost that old which they burned in the streets for Al Jazeera) and the continued destruction of Bethlehem. It was these same extremists with the backing of the entire muzzie worldwide community who held priests and tourists hostage in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and stole everything made of gold while using the historic Bibles as toilet paper before they bobbytrapped this biblical shrine with 40 explosive charges which the Israel military had to defuse so that more Christians were not killed.

These same crazy muzzies blew up the Buddhist statues which were believed to be 2000 years old despite an international outcry and pleas for understanding. Not a single one of their paymasters in Saudi Arabia tried to stop them and not a single ‘moderate’ country did anything to punish the Taliban before and after they did it.

So just realize that the world they look forward to is one where everybody else who is not a Wahabbi is going to be killed and their heritage destroyed or they will be made into slaves of mohhamed.

Any policy, any action or any strategy which seeks to remove, destroy or undermind Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood, Al Aqsa, Al Qaeda or any of their perverted brothren is just okey fine with me.

(/rant)


13 posted on 01/26/2008 4:58:57 PM PST by bpjam (I'll crawl over broken glass to vote against McCain (or the Huck))
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To: Mobile Vulgus
The "Palestinians" are the absolute worst people on the face of Planet Earth. If Charles Manson were to start a country and populate it with his spawn, I can't imagine the people behaving any differently than the "Palestinians" do.
14 posted on 01/26/2008 5:06:53 PM PST by SeafoodGumbo
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To: Mobile Vulgus
"Can we ever believe a word these people say?"

Well people who can think for themselves don't believe the propaganda. But DU, Rosie O'Donnell, and about 43% of the American population swallow this up without question.

15 posted on 01/26/2008 5:18:35 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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To: Sir Gawain
Just setting the mood for some manlove, boylove, and goatlove.

Not to mention...MELONLOVE!!!!!

16 posted on 01/26/2008 5:29:48 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Were is the “blue helmet guy” who staged the many “atrocity” photos when Israel invaded Lebanon?


17 posted on 01/26/2008 5:30:08 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Talk about getting caught with your pants down! Wow!


18 posted on 01/26/2008 5:31:55 PM PST by rawhide
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


19 posted on 01/26/2008 5:33:32 PM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

bump


20 posted on 01/26/2008 8:22:24 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Can we ever believe a word these people say?

I don't. I basically ignore them.
21 posted on 01/26/2008 9:17:22 PM PST by JLS
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Heh, I used to support laptop users including Reuters. While I was taking their call, I would usually insert some small talk such as, "So, how are the Palestinians doing?"

Sometimes they launched into a (fair and balanced) rant, other times they just went silent.

22 posted on 01/27/2008 6:08:43 AM PST by Sender (I've been chicken franchised.)
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