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  • Report: Carter escapes assassination attempt on visit to Gaza

    06/16/2009 9:21:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 87 replies · 3,058+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/16/2009 | Staff
    Palestinian sources reported Tuesday that former US president Jimmy Carter was the target of a thwarted assassination attempt, according to Israel Radio. Reportedly, there was a cluster of explosive devices stashed near a road he was scheduled to travel during a visit to the Gaza Strip.
  • Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape'

    05/28/2009 8:29:52 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 88 replies · 7,026+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 28 May 2009 | Duncan Gardham and Paul Cruickshank
    At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee. Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.
  • Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty - fauxtography at it again...

    05/05/2009 10:14:58 AM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 16 replies · 951+ views
    guardian ^ | today | epluribus_2
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/un-report-israel-gaza-negligence
  • U.S. says recession fueling right-wing extremism

    04/14/2009 12:34:16 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 87 replies · 2,161+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/14/09 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Right-wing extremists in the United States are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the first black U.S. president, the Department of Homeland Security warned in a report to law enforcement officials. The April 7 report, which Reuters and other news media obtained Tuesday, said such fears were driving a resurgence in "recruitment and radicalization activity" by white supremacist groups, antigovernment extremists and militia movements. It did not identify any by name. DHS had no specific information about pending violence and said threats had so far been "largely rhetorical." But it...
  • American badly hurt in clash with Israeli military

    03/13/2009 11:36:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 110 replies · 3,357+ views
    Indianapolis Examiner ^ | 3-13-09 | Amy Teibel
    JERUSALEM (Map, News) - An American demonstrator was critically wounded Friday in a clash between protesters and Israeli troops over Israel's West Bank separation barrier. Peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement said Tristan Anderson, of the Oakland, Calif., area, was struck in the head with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops. The military and the Tel Aviv hospital where Anderson was taken had no details on how he was hurt. "He's in critical condition, anesthetized and on a ventilator and undergoing imaging tests," said Orly Levi, a spokeswoman at the Tel Hashomer hospital. She described Anderson's condition...
  • Climate of Fear Spreads In California Mosques

    03/03/2009 9:32:27 AM PST · by AJKauf · 21 replies · 1,168+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 2 | Aaron Hanscom
    Charitable contributions at Southern California mosques are down by as much as 30% to 50% over the last few years. Blame the climate of fear. That’s what Rafe Husain, a board member for the Islamic Center of Corona Norco, is doing. “People feel tense and uncomfortable,” Husain is quoted as saying in a recent Los Angeles Times article. Just another story about the woeful recession we currently find ourselves in? Mosque-goers are feeling jittery about their dwindling 401k accounts and have decided to fork over less money to the needy? Not quite. What’s got some L.A.-area Muslims in a cold...
  • Newsweek Map Labels Israel as 'Palestinian Territory'

    03/03/2009 7:23:36 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 37 replies · 1,870+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | March 3, 2009 - 10:00 ET | Warner Todd Huston
    I don't know if Newsweek is as eager to be rid of Israel as "The State of Islam" is these days or not, but on its interactive online map of the mid east, the news mag is featuring a map of Israel labeled as "Palestinian Territory." Once you click over to the Newsweek map, holding the mouse over the tiny red shape north of Egypt will bring up a popup map showing Israel clearly labeled as "PalestinianTerritory." Here is a screen shot of the current map on Newsweek's site:
  • Newsweek Unveils Newest Cover

    03/02/2009 11:40:19 AM PST · by Baladas · 52 replies · 1,942+ views
    970 WFLA ^ | March 2, 2009 | staff
    In the March 9, 2009 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, March 2), "Radical Islam is A Fact of Life. How To Live With it" Fareed Zakaria makes the case for why the West needs to adopt a more sophisticated strategy toward Radical Islam. Plus: Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman discuss the country's future in their first foreign media interview since winning in the recent election. Lastly: A review of the latest comic book inspired movie, "Watchmen."
  • Iran Gets Hollywood Propaganda Help

    03/02/2009 6:53:27 AM PST · by holy joe · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Newsmax ^ | March 2, 2009 | James Hirsen
    Some Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences folks recently went over to Iran to lend their expertise in filmmaking. “I can confirm that a group of Academy members . . . are currently in Iran” on a “completely private initiative for educational and creative exchange and with no political agenda,” Academy Communications Director Leslie Unger told the AFP. According to Unger, the Tinseltown travelers include actresses Annette Bening and Alfre Woodard, screenwriter and film director Frank Pierson (writer of “Dog Day Afternoon,” producer William Horberg (“Cold Mountain”) and former Universal Pictures Chairman Tom Pollock. The team supposedly went to...
  • That “Loaded Word” (NYT Pleads: "Stop calling Terrorists Terrorists")

    02/26/2009 11:06:07 AM PST · by mojito · 31 replies · 1,223+ views
    Commentary ^ | 2/26/2009 | Eric Trager
    In his latest “Memo from Cairo,” New York Times correspondent Michael Slackman virtually begs the Obama administration to avoid using the word “terrorist” in reference to Hamas and Hezbollah. According to Slackman... calling these groups “terrorists” turns off the Arab world, in which people view Israel as the “real terrorist,” whereas Hamas and Hezbollah are just “trying to liberate their countries.” In turn, intimates Slackman, using a “loaded word” like “terrorist” when describing Hamas or Hezbollah makes peace impossible. Let’s leave aside for a moment that Slackman has managed to pass off his own view on the mind-numbingly dull one-man’s-terrorist-is-another-man’s-freedom-fighter...
  • Officials: Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead

    02/26/2009 9:56:20 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies · 1,494+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | February 26, 2009 | By PAULINE JELINEK and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON – News organizations will be allowed to photograph the homecomings of America's war dead under a new Pentagon policy, defense and congressional officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to allow photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families of the fallen troops agree, the officials told The Associated Press. Gates planned to announce his decision later Thursday, they said. The current ban was put in place in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush. At least two Democratic senators have called on President Barack Obama to let news photographers attend ceremonies at...
  • Exclusive: Lawyer says Guantanamo abuse worse since Obama

    02/25/2009 7:56:09 AM PST · by xtinct · 7 replies · 662+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/25/09 | Luke Baker
    Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards "get their kicks in" before the camp is closed, according to a lawyer who represents detainees. Abuses began to pick up in December after Obama was elected, human rights lawyer Ahmed Ghappour told Reuters. He cited beatings, the dislocation of limbs, spraying of pepper spray into closed cells, applying pepper spray to toilet paper and over-forcefeeding detainees who are on hunger strike. The Pentagon said on Monday that it had received renewed reports of prisoner abuse during a recent review of conditions...
  • BBC staff protest failure to air pro-Palestinian video

    02/21/2009 1:49:46 PM PST · by Askwhy5times · 1 replies · 409+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 21, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    BBC staff protest failure to air pro-Palestinian video Many have wondered if the BBC had a pro-Palestinian bias in their reporting. This has now been confirmed. Over 400 of their staff have signed a protest petition because they failed to air a video that the corporation deemed to be too biased in favor of Palestinians. That must have been one very biased news video. Hat tip to Axis of Right.
  • AP confirms Hamas terrorists fired from UN school

    01/20/2009 4:03:04 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies · 989+ views
    APobama/UKGuardian ^ | January 7th | Meryl Yourish
    The AP buried the information after the fifth paragraph, where it would not get picked up by tomorrow’s World News sections in your local newspaper, but they have independent confirmation that Hamas terrorists were firing from the UN school that got hit by Israeli tank fire yesterday. Israel’s military said its shelling at the school - the deadliest single episode since Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza on Saturday after a week of air bombardment - was a response to mortar fire from within the school and said Hamas militants were using civilians as cover. Two residents of the area who...
  • How A False Mythology Is Created By The Media, UN

    01/16/2009 9:12:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 659+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | January 16, 2009 | Herb Denenberg
    The combination of media bias and incompetence is so pronounced that it generates a mythology that buries the facts and the truth in a dark, deep journalistic sinkhole. This is most easily seen in the reporting coming out of the Middle East in which the media has willing allies in the United Nations and major nations across the globe in demonizing Israel and legitimizing the forces of genocide and terrorism. This column will try to cut through some of that bias, incompetence, and media mythology to get a better picture of the current Israel-Hamas conflict. But you will note that...
  • Al Jazeera Signs Deal to Air Throughout U.S.

    01/16/2009 7:33:19 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 33 replies · 1,787+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/16/08
    NEW YORK - The Al Jazeera Network plans to announce on Thursday that it has signed a deal to run its news on Worldfocus, a syndicated nightly news program produced in New York and distributed throughout the United States. The deal would help the international news network, one of the top services in the Arabic-speaking world, broaden its reach in the United States, where it so far has been available to only a limited audience. Worldfocus, hosted by former NBC News correspondent Martin Savidge, is produced by New York City public broadcaster WLIW and syndicated to a number of Public...
  • Why Israel Is Smart Keeping the Media Out of Gaza

    01/07/2009 11:23:47 AM PST · by AJKauf · 6 replies · 366+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 7 | Mike McNally
    Israel should no more allow the press unfettered access to Gaza than it should allow a brigade of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to fly into Gaza’s airport to reinforce their Hamas proteges. The last thing Israel needs is Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s resident apologist for radical Islam, wallowing in an emergency room full of wounded civilians, or BBC reporters weeping over the death of senior Hamas terrorists, as Barbara Plett wept for the dying Yasser Arafat. And leaving aside issues of balance, the media has repeatedly shown itself to be susceptible to manipulation by the propaganda arms of terrorist organizations...
  • The World Supports Hamas? Of Course, They Do!

    01/06/2009 12:40:41 PM PST · by AJKauf · 8 replies · 687+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 6 | Victor Davis Hanson
    4. Well then, why is the world supporting Hamas, and not Israel—if, as you say, Israel enjoys the moral high ground? The better question would be, why would Israel gain world support? After all, the world is mostly authoritarian in Russia, China, and much of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America; when has it ever been a barometer of morality? If it had been, some would have rallied to stop the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust, or stopped the Rwandan killing or the Cambodian genocide. Only the US and its NATO allies put an end...
  • News Media Shows Slanted Facts Rather Than Truth About Gaza War

    01/05/2009 2:58:16 PM PST · by truthandlife · 3 replies · 565+ views
    Koenig International News ^ | 1/5/08 | Bill Koenig
    The Palestinian terrorists in Gaza are expert at manipulating the news media to their point of view. Already, the top media outlets have filled television screens with human interest stories of Palestinian women and children being blown to bits by the overpowering and relentless Israeli Defense Forces. Story after story appears with frantic Palestinian women crying out that their lives are disrupted by these terrible bombing raids, that there is no food to feed their families, that their husbands are missing. And while they are talking, there is chaos in the background of bombed out buildings and B-roll of children...
  • Gaza War Videos You Won't See on Mainstream Media

    12/30/2008 8:42:46 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 1,544+ views
    PMW/Sderot Media/Yidwithlid ^ | 12/30/08 | Yidwithlid
    The MSM is busily showing video clips of the damage in Gaza many of them falsified. Palestinian Media Watch has reported this example: A Palestinian journalist has complained that the media and others are manipulating the images going out to the world "A mother of one of the martyrs stood by the door of the intensive care unit while crying... relatives and those around her were telling her what she should say to the television cameras: 'Say your son [before he died] prayed and went out.' Another tells her: 'Curse the Arab leaders'... The journalists [in the hospitals] are going...
  • IDF Doing a Lousy Job at Targeting Civilians

    01/05/2009 4:11:42 AM PST · by IrishMike · 8 replies · 727+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | January 4, 2009 | Harold Witkov
    If the Israeli Defense Forces are targeting civilians, they are doing one hell of a lousy job. Israel, lone democracy in the Middle East and true ally to the United States, has been taking a lot of hits lately, and not just rockets. Much of the world has been quick to condemn the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. They have distorted what is happening, ignoring HAMAS missiles fired at Israeli citizens in population centers, yet labeling Israeli attacks on Gaza as massacres, war crimes, and a blatant murder of civilians. The truth is, while Israel wages war on HAMAS, it...
  • The Gaza Conflict.... Cutting through the B.S.

    12/30/2008 7:03:54 AM PST · by gopmike.com · 11 replies · 764+ views
    GOP Mike's Blog ^ | 12/30/08 | GOP Mike
    To my Conservative Friends: Admittedly, I am not an astute follower of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I am more a student of American History and politics... However, I have been watching this current conflict in Gaza and trying to understand both points of view. I am trying to understand in the most fair and objective way possible to assess the situation and determine who is wrong and who is right.... Although I never believe one party is 100% to blame and one party is 100% in the right.... Therefore, when I listen to the Israeli side, I find myself shaking my...
  • North Korea presents more "evidence" of recovered Kim

    12/18/2008 8:07:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 808+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/16/08
    North Korea presents more "evidence" of recovered Kim Tue Dec 16, 9:37 pm ET SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea stepped up its campaign to prove leader Kim Jong-il is well and in control by showing him looking at an electronic copy of a newspaper dated Tuesday in a series of photos released through its official media. U.S. and South Korean officials have said Kim, 66, suffered a stroke in August, raising questions about leadership in Asia's only communist dynasty and who was making decisions about the North's nuclear program. Despite re-emerging in early October in official media reports about making...
  • Reuters Calls Name Calling a 'Violent Hate Crime' Against Arab-Americans?

    12/08/2008 6:38:12 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 15 replies · 808+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 12/08/08 | Warner Todd Huston
    Apparently, if one calls an Arab-American an A** H*le, Reuters and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee want all Americans to know that this is to be considered a "violent hate crime." At least that is what it seems when looking over the very lose and sloppy definition of "violent hate crimes" in a recent story on the falling numbers of such crimes against Arab-Americans in the U.S. While ostensibly a good story -- discrimination against Arab-Americans has decreased -- it is still odd that Reuters allows this Muslim advocacy group to define even name calling as a "hate crime" and "violent"...
  • Media Schadenfreude: Yahoo's "most emailed photos" of McCain from Yahoo News

    10/16/2008 9:08:32 AM PDT · by weegee · 18 replies · 2,039+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Oct 16, 2008 | as noted
    (REUTERS/Jim Bourg)(REUTERS/Jim Bourg)< (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
  • Dirty Astroturf at Republican Rallys

    10/10/2008 2:54:38 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 9 replies · 1,041+ views
    http://munydews.blogspot.com/ ^ | 10-10-08 | Muny Dews
    What is political astroturf? When a political movement portrays itself to be grass-roots, and later we find out it was actually planned and coordinated by a political party or candidate. This is usually done in support of the cause or candidate behind the astroturf effort. The Republicans are now being attacked by a new type of fake grass: dirty atstroturf. Democratic activists are infiltrating Republican rallys pretending to be Republican grass-roots supporters. The Democratic activist's goal? Discredit Republican grass-roots supporters. Their tactic has been to yell vile statements about Democratic candidates, hoping it would smear Republican grass-roots supporters. So far,...
  • Shocking footage that could prove 90 Afghans - not seven - died in U.S. airstrike (lots of pics)

    09/09/2008 9:48:09 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 48 replies · 201+ views
    Daily Mail.uk ^ | 08th September 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Revealed: Shocking footage that could prove 90 Afghans - not seven - died in U.S. airstrike Shocking images that may have forced the U.S. military to reopen an investigation into an airstrike that killed Afghan civilians have been published in the media. The grim, eight minute clip, filmed on a mobile phone in the aftermath of the bombing, shows rows of shrouded bodies laid side-by-side in a make-shift morgue. Among them are at least 11 children, many of them toddlers. ...Afghanistan claims more than 90 people, many of them women and children, were killed in the August 22 strike.... The...
  • Pallywood in motion - Gaza smuggling tunnels are for "milk", say Palestinians

    08/12/2008 10:33:31 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 17 replies · 196+ views
    israeltoday ^ | August 2008
    Gaza smuggling tunnels are for milk, say Palestinians Gaza smuggling tunnels are for milk, say Palestinians Palestinian officials from the Gaza Strip have distributed a set of carefully-staged photographs they say are evidence that the smuggling tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border are for milk and other essential goods, not weapons. The photographs show masked Palestinian militants lifting jugs of milk and sacks of baby food from the entrance to one of the tunnels on the Gaza side of the border. Israel insists that the tunnels, of which intelligence estimates indicate there are hundreds, are used to import small arms...
  • Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist captured in Baghdad

    07/21/2008 8:14:37 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | 21July08 | Bill Roggio
    Coalition special forces teams, likely the terrorist hunter-killer teams of Task Force 88, have captured a Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist during a raid in New Baghdad. The propaganda specialist was positively identified by his wife after the raid, and he later admitted to his role in seeding websites with attack videos
  • Photographer Detained After Filming Taliban Execution of Two Women in Afghanistan

    07/19/2008 11:11:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 184+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/2008 | Ahmad Shuja
    The Afghan journalist who filmed and photographed the July 12 execution of two women by the Taliban says he was detained and held for two days by authorities in Afghanistan for suspected ties to terrorists. The footage and photographs of the executions were distributed by the Associated Press and widely circulated on the Internet, giving rise to suspicions that the photographer, Rahmatullah Naikzad, was connected with the Taliban. In an exclusive telephone interview, Naikzad told FOXNews.com that he turned himself in to Afghan authorities early this week and was held in custody and investigated for 48 hours. He said officials...
  • In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many (MSM picks up on the case of the missing missile)

    07/10/2008 8:41:58 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 322+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/10/2008 | Mike Nizza and Patrick Witty
    As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, NYTimes.com and many other major news Web sites.
  • Al-Dura case overturned on appeal (Truth wins over Palywood)

    05/21/2008 8:51:34 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 26 replies · 392+ views
    Instapundit.com ^ | 21 May, 2008 | Glenn Reynolds
    AL DURA UPDATE: "Israel Radio's Paris correspondent Gil Michaeli has just reported that the French Court of Appeals has overturned the libel judgment against Phillipe Karsenty and has determined that Karsenty did not libel France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin when he reported that the 'death' of 12-year old Mohamed Al-Dura at Netzarim in the Gaza Strip in September 2000 may have been staged, and that it was unlikely that the death was caused by IDF soldiers." Perhaps the Israeli military should start filing foreign libel suits against media outfits that collaborate in fake reporting. There's likely enough to keep quite...
  • Newsweek’s Lie About Koran-Flushing At Gitmo Continues To Bear Fruit

    05/09/2008 9:41:57 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 152+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | May 9, 2008 | see-dubya
    By see-dubya • May 9, 2008 01:55 AM For what it’s worth, the New York Times reports that the U.S.’s designated new commander in Pakistan, General James Hood, has not been allowed to take up his new job. He had served as commander of Gitmo, and although he actually did away with some of the roughest forms of interrogation there and won some (grudging) praise from human rights groups, his legacy in the Middle East is tainted by Newsweek’s lie: General Hood, who took command of the detention center at Guantánamo Bay in March 2004, shortly before the Abu Ghraib...
  • Breaking: blog which exposed the Hamdania/Haditha incident is hacked

    04/16/2008 8:38:48 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 72 replies · 507+ views
    http://euphoricreality.com/ | 04/16/2008 | RaceBannon
    The site of Freeper EUPHORIADEV was hacked. She has lost over 2 years worth of data. Euphoriadev was covering the Haditha and Hamdania incident extensively she has lost over 2 years worth of data we do NOT believe it is the people who are claiming the hack
  • Reuters Photographer Killed in Gaza Strip Violence (Ooops, wrong place at the wrong time!)

    04/16/2008 12:29:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies · 74+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/2008 | ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian officials say an Israeli military strike in the Gaza Strip has killed a Palestinian cameraman who worked for the Reuters news agency.
  • AP photographer freed by US military after 2 years { Bilal Hussein }

    04/16/2008 10:46:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 233+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/16/8 | ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, (AP) -- The U.S. military released Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein on Wednesday after holding him for more than two years without filing formal charges. Hussein, 36, was handed over to AP colleagues at a checkpoint in Baghdad. He was taken to the site aboard a prisoner bus and left U.S. custody wearing a traditional Iraqi robe. He was smiling and appeared in good health. "I want to thank all the people working in AP. ... I have spent two years in prison even though I was innocent. I thank everybody," Hussein said after being freed. AP President Tom...
  • Islamist Forum-Instructions for Conducting Media Jihad [Find out where you can purchase weapons]

    03/11/2008 5:13:42 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 404+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 3-11-08
    Islamist Forum Posts Instructions for Conducting 'Media Jihad' In a message posted March 2, 2008 on the Islamist forum Al-Ikhlas (hosted by Piradius.net in Malaysia), a member calling himself "abumuslim22" urged his fellow forum members to engage in "media jihad," and provided advice and safety tips. The following are excerpts from the posting: [1] "… 1. Exercise patience, because each of the following stages takes time… "2. Become a 'media mujahid'… Next to jihad on the battlefield, this is the most dangerous [type of] jihad, because you are new [to it] and inexperienced… "A. Be careful, and do not trust...
  • (Pallywood) Reuters Fauxtography Alert: Spreading Hamas Propaganda With Fake Power Outage Photos

    02/10/2008 8:56:36 PM PST · by PRePublic · 79+ views
    newsbusters. ^ | 2008/01/26
    Reuters Fauxtography Alert: Spreading Hamas Propaganda With Fake Power Outage Photos Reuters Fauxtography Alert: Spreading Hamas Propaganda With Fake Power Outage Photos By Warner Todd Huston January 26, 2008 - 13:53 ET Photos Posted Below the FoldThe 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...
  • Adam Gadahn - American al-Qaeda Killed In U.S. Strike?

    02/08/2008 9:35:41 AM PST · by penelopesire · 157 replies · 355+ views
    Adam Gadahn - American al-Qaeda Killed In U.S. Strike? February 7, 2008 UNCONFIRMED: Following unconfirmed reports of killing of a high-profile al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi, there are now rumours that an American al-Qaeda militant Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, had been killed in the alleged Predator attack by the US on a house in Mirali, North Waziristan, a few days back. 32-year-old Adam Gadahn, who is American citizen belonging to southern California, has been accused by the US of praising the perpetrators of September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington and attending al-Qaeda training camps...
  • Al-Qa`ida’s “MySpace”: Terrorist Recruitment on the Internet

    01/17/2008 2:09:13 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 16 replies · 8,505+ views
    CTC Sentinal ^ | January 2008 | Evan F. Kohlmann
    It has been clearly established that terrorist organizations have adopted unusual and innovative ways of using cutting-edge online technologies to expand their movements. Al-Qa`ida’s principal media wing, al-Sahab Media Production, has recently released a flood of new audio and video recordings over Arabic-language internet chat forums, and has even solicited open questions from forum participants to be addressed by al-Qa`ida’s second-incommand, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Yet, while much time and thought has been dedicated to studying the physical content broadcast over these chat forums, there has been far less attention focused on studying the individual users who populate them. In fact, during...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: close Guantanamo

    01/13/2008 3:31:02 PM PST · by MichMash · 336 replies · 7,284+ views
    AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | Jan 13, 2008 | Robert Burns
    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - The chief of the U.S. military said Sunday he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible because he believes negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects has been "pretty damaging" to the image of the United States. "I'd like to see it shut down," Adm. Mike Mullen said in an interview with three reporters who toured the detention center with him on his first visit since becoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last October.
  • Taliban show media savvy

    01/14/2008 7:48:54 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 232+ views
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | January 12, 2008 | Kevin Maurer
    The Taliban has The Associated Press and Reuters on speed dial. Elias Wahdat, a stringer for Reuters and BBC news services in Khost province, said that every time the Taliban launch an attack or American troops call in an air strike, he gets a text message. The Taliban will give its version of what happened, often claiming that American bombs killed civilians. It may take officials with the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan hours to put together a news release for the press. In the meantime, the Taliban version is already circulating. Lt. Col. David A. Accetta, the 82nd Airborne Division...
  • The evolution of 'objective' war coverage

    01/13/2008 8:04:47 AM PST · by rellimpank · 6 replies · 146+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 13 jan 08 | VIN SUPRYNOWICZ
    Isn't it interesting the way Iraq news gets reported in our media. A Jan. 10 Associated Press story begins: "Nine American soldiers were killed in the first two days of a new offensive to root out al-Qaida-in-Iraq fighters holed up in districts north of he capital. ... "The losses came as many enemy militants fled U.S. and Iraqi forces massing in Diyala" -- a lot of those guerrillas fleeing north into the province of Salahuddin -- AP correspondent Christopher Chester continues. Read down to the seventh paragraph -- halfway through the story. There, we finally learn that our troops "killed...
  • Iraq - Two U.S. soldiers were shot by Iraqi soldier-generals

    01/05/2008 1:55:03 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 40 replies · 323+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 5, 2008
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, Jan 5 (Reuters) - An Iraqi soldier deliberately shot and killed a U.S. army officer and a sergeant during a joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol in the northern city of Mosul on Dec. 26, two Iraqi Army generals said on Saturday. U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel James Hutton said the incident was under investigation but gave no details. It is believed to be the first reported incident in which an Iraqi soldier has deliberately killed a U.S. serviceman. ~ snip ~
  • "Perfect storm" of cliches make bad English list

    12/31/2007 8:13:17 AM PST · by ricks_place · 217 replies · 409+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/07 | Andrew Stern
    A "surge" of overused words and phrases formed a "perfect storm" of "post-9/11" cliches in 2007, according to a U.S. university's annual list of words and phrases that deserve to be banned. Choosing from among 2,000 submissions, the public relations department at Michigan's Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie targeted 19 affronts to the English language in its well-known jab at the worlds of media, sports, advertising and politics. The contributors gave first prize to the phrase "a perfect storm," saying it was numbingly applied to virtually any notable coincidence. "Webinar" made the list as a tiresome non-word...
  • Al Qaeda Seeks Journalists' Questions for Al-Zawahiri

    12/20/2007 12:51:20 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies · 126+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 20, 2007
    CAIRO, Egypt — Al Qaeda has invited journalists to send questions to its No. 2 figure, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in the first such offer by the increasingly media-savvy terror network to "interview" one of its leaders since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The invitation is a new twist in Al Qaeda's campaign to reach a broader audience, and represents an attempt by al-Zawahiri to present himself as a sophisticated leader rather than a mass murderer. "I think their media capability is sophisticated as ever," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert and professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "It shows how...
  • Dishonest Reporter 2007 Awards (DRUM ROLL)

    12/19/2007 2:13:35 PM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies · 81+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/19/2007 | Lynn Davidson
    Media watchdog website Honest Reporting has awarded their annual Dishonest Reporter Awards. Some of these stories you know and some you don't--probably because they were ignored by the media. Some were even covered here at NewsBusters. The "winners" included Christiane Amanpour for “God's Warriors,” the BBC for covering up an internal investigation into its Mid East reporting, US government funded Al-Hurra TV's former 'director Larry Register for dhimmitude, a UNC Daily Tar Heel article about breaking up with a boyfriend because of Israel and of course Charles Enderlin and the Mohammad Al Dura Fautography that launched the Second Intifida. See...
  • Case Lays Bare the Media’s Reliance on Iraqi Journalists (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/17/2007 12:05:31 PM PST · by abb · 7 replies · 237+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2007 | Tim Arango
    Bilal Hussein, an Iraqi photographer who had a hand in The Associated Press’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize for photography before being jailed without charges by the United States military, finally had a day in court last week. But his story, which highlights the unprecedented role that Iraqis are playing in news coverage of the war, is really just beginning. snip A spokesman for the military said that Mr. Hussein had been detained as “an imperative security threat” and that he has persistently been “treated fairly, humanely and in accordance with all applicable law.” In a lengthy e-mail message, the spokesman said...
  • The Other Fallujah Reporter [Fabulous article!]

    12/17/2007 6:54:02 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 23 replies · 217+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/16/2007 | Michael J. Totten
    The Other Fallujah Reporter Posted By Michael J. Totten On December 16, 2007 @ 2:17 pm “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” — Thomas JeffersonI just returned home from a trip to Fallujah, where I was the only reporter embedded with the United States military. There was, however, an unembedded reporter in the city at the same time. Normally it would be useful to compare what I saw and heard while traveling and working with the Marines with what a colleague saw and heard while working solo....
  • Pulitzer Prize In Terrorism

    12/10/2007 2:41:17 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 34 replies · 328+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 9, 2007 | Jim Hanson
    AP photographer Bilal Hussein was on the radar screen of US forces prior to his being detained in a chance encounter April 12, 2006. He was a stringer working in Fallujah who filed numerous reports and photos that seemed to need a high degree of cooperation from the terrorists. He has been in custody for 19 months and will soon face trial by the Iraqi government on charges related to his activities with Sunni insurgents in Fallujah and Ramadi. Evidence against him is expected to be given to the Iraqi government this week. Geoff Morrell, Pentagon Press Secretary had this...