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AP - 'Mourners' Attacked By Israeli Planes ... Or Not
NewsBusters.org ^ | 8/8/06 | warner todd huston

Posted on 08/08/2006 1:10:02 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus

Talk about striking for pure emotion with headlines! The AP has proclaimed that an "Israeli Strike Kills 13 Near Mourners". But, what does "near mourners" mean? Did Israel strike a funeral procession or not.

Apparently NOT.

AP begins their report giving the reader the feeling that Israel attacked a funeral procession with the following:

"Mourners in a funeral procession for Israeli airstrike victims scattered in panic Tuesday as warplanes again unleashed missiles that hit buildings and killed 13 people, witnesses and officials said."
Yet their very next paragraph proves that the strike was not only NOT upon that funeral procession, but came five minutes after the procession passed the scene of the attack.
"The first missile struck a building about five minutes after the march by about 1,500 people had passed by, killing one person and wounding five."
Then, with the claims of innocent "mourners" being attacked fresh in the reader's mind, the report goes on to say that "Twelve more people were killed and 18 wounded in those strikes, according to tally from three area hospitals." Of course, this was 30 minutes after the initial strike mentioned above, so the connection to the mourners' funeral procession is absurd, yet the connection has already been set in the mind of the reader.

The funniest part of the report was the reaction some of those "mourners" displayed for the "reporters" on the scene ... if any reporters really were actually on the scene in the first place, and this report not just taken as fact by "stringers" taking the word of militants with an agenda.

"The blast was close enough to send mourners screaming, 'Allahu akbar!' or 'God is great!' Some broke away from the procession, while others continued on."
If it was so unsafe, why did "others" continue on with their funeral procession? Shouldn't they all have scattered as bombs fell about them? Probably because those who were so upset as to break away from the procession were merely playing it up for effect. Anyone with just a little knowledge of "reporting" in the hot spots of the mid east understand that much of what is seen can be categorized as street theater as opposed to legitimate reactions of a war ravaged people.

Oh, and we must thank our intrepid AP "reporter", Ahmed Mantash, for helpfully translating "Allahu akbar!" to "God is great!" for us idiot westerners. (Does anyone really believe these "panicked" mourners were saying things in English?)

Just another example of the sad state of affairs of our "News" services and the lack of professionalism in their "reporting".


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006israelwar; apnews; associatedpress; enemedia; israel; lebanon; mdm; propaganda; terrorism
And the AP trusts a writer named "Ahmed Mantash" to give them an unbiased, truthful report???
1 posted on 08/08/2006 1:10:03 PM PDT by Mobile Vulgus
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To: Mobile Vulgus

They are not lookng for an unbiased report.


2 posted on 08/08/2006 1:12:36 PM PDT by jschwartz
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To: Mobile Vulgus
And the mourners were simply giving the deceased a 21 Katuysha salute
3 posted on 08/08/2006 1:16:38 PM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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allahu akbar!

4 posted on 08/08/2006 1:18:32 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Question everything a journalist says especially when that journalist has an arabic name.


5 posted on 08/08/2006 1:21:00 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: evets

Some days you just can't seem to get rid of a bomb.


6 posted on 08/08/2006 1:23:46 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Just another example of the sad state of affairs of our "News" services and the lack of professionalism in their "reporting".

They don't lack professionalism - they are professional traitors and they are performing their sedition in a very professional manner.

7 posted on 08/08/2006 1:24:26 PM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Re; Green Helmut Guy, planted toys, and Reutered images.

Where is Peter Arnett?
Right now, where is he?


8 posted on 08/08/2006 1:28:20 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

"The first missile struck a building about five minutes after the march by about 1,500 people had passed by,..."

Maybe the process was just moving really really fast.


9 posted on 08/08/2006 1:29:42 PM PDT by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

"The first missile struck a building about five minutes after the march by about 1,500 people had passed by,..."

Maybe the procession was just moving really really fast.


10 posted on 08/08/2006 1:29:55 PM PDT by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sax

LOL


11 posted on 08/08/2006 1:32:18 PM PDT by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

More agendized pro-terrorist coverage by the TSM (Terrorist Supporting Media, Treason Soaked Media, Total Sh-t Media, etc).


12 posted on 08/08/2006 1:34:11 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Darn, I was getting excited at the prospect that a govt. had finally figured it out. Don't even give em a chance to bury the dead. Keep pouring it on. Give them the correct feeling that they are doomed if they do not habilitate themselves and join civilization.

If the attacks were as unmerciful as the mainstream press makes it out to be there wouldn't be a rooftop in S.Lebenon without a french , white flag flying.

We are way to easy on these morons. I say killem' by the train loads.Get it over with so we can get back to the business of peaceful livin'.


13 posted on 08/08/2006 1:37:56 PM PDT by ping jockey (radical islam; the great evil of all times.)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Fox's Gretchen what's-her-name said, not once, but, TWICE this morning that Israel had bombed a Lebanese funeral procession!
14 posted on 08/08/2006 1:41:35 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (To the enemy in Iraq..."Don't bet on American politics forcing my hand!" President Bush)
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To: top 2 toe red
Fox's Gretchen what's-her-name said, not once, but, TWICE this morning that Israel had bombed a Lebanese funeral procession!

So did CNN.

15 posted on 08/08/2006 1:55:15 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Mobile Vulgus; dead; Shermy; george76
Below are the horrible photos of what might have really happened!

No Problem! Here comes your Bomb!

If 4 FDR terms were good for the America after Pearl Harbor? How about at least 3 terms for GW after 9/11 to complete the WOT?


16 posted on 08/08/2006 2:07:30 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist Homosexual Lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: sockmonkey

It looked more like a pallywood production. All that alleged carnage and so little blood..


17 posted on 08/08/2006 2:08:03 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Here's the money quote:

"Mourners in a funeral procession for Israeli airstrike victims scattered in panic Tuesday as warplanes again unleashed missiles that hit buildings and killed 13 people, witnesses and officials said."

Cue up the raisins singing "I heard through the grapevine..."

Why pretend to have reporters when Hezbollah has a direct line to the newsroom?

18 posted on 08/08/2006 2:13:05 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: Grampa Dave

19 posted on 08/08/2006 2:18:29 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mobile Vulgus
Flash!

Israeli aircraft bomb buildings near cemetary...

Thousands of bodies left in their wake...

20 posted on 08/08/2006 2:22:46 PM PDT by Publius6961 (overwhelming force behaving underwhelmingly is a waste.)
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To: Sax

21 posted on 08/08/2006 2:37:05 PM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

As usual, the Leftist tools are such brainwashed trolls for "diversity," they figure the only people qualified to comment on Israeli airstrikes are members of Hizballah.


22 posted on 08/08/2006 2:38:28 PM PDT by Reactionary (The Barking of the Native Moonbat is the Sound of Moral Nitwittery)
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To: Mobile Vulgus

Yep. AP, Reuters and Hezbollah. All the same to me.


23 posted on 08/08/2006 3:16:19 PM PDT by pissant
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To: top 2 toe red
And I just heard that again, regarding the bombing of a funereal procession. And this was the 4:00pm pdt. Going by the old script
24 posted on 08/08/2006 4:05:22 PM PDT by joyce11111
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To: Mobile Vulgus

bump


25 posted on 08/08/2006 4:07:51 PM PDT by VOA
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To: joyce11111
I know...I was screaming at the TV when I heard Bridgette start in rattling that off again.

Then did you hear the one who does the supposedly 'news spot update' on O'Reilly? I think her name is Faulkner or Harris or something unusual like that...anyway, I'll be damned if she didn't go with that '13 killed at funeral procession' as her lead in! {{{shaking my head}}}

26 posted on 08/08/2006 9:36:58 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (To the enemy in Iraq..."Don't bet on American politics forcing my hand!" President Bush)
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