Tuesday, August 08, 2006


What started with the questions at the EU Referendum blog about the photographs of the bombing of Qana, then continued with the discovery of faked photographs by Adnan Hajj. And now the search have started to uncover more staged, manipulated and faked photographic "evidence" from the conflict in Lebanon... And so far the results doesn't look good, as each stone is turned, what is revealed underneath is not pretty – expect the confidence in news agencies to plummet drastically!

As an example the blog Drinking From Home has found a couple of photos that might not have been doctored, but are definitely staged or we are having a case of a very unfortunate woman who have now twice in a very short time been robbed of her home by Israeli bombs....

A Lebanese woman wails after looking at the wreckage of her apartment, in a building, that was demolished by the Israeli attacks in southern Beirut July 22, 2006. REUTERS/Issam Kobeisi (from Yahoo News)

A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, after Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed the area overnight.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla) (from Yahoo News)

Same clothes, same scar on her left cheek, same mark under her right eye. Two pictures of the same woman, maybe even taken on the same day.

And this is just the beginning, there's more... see A bridge too Weird and as the blogosphere dig deeper I'm sure a lot more will be uncovered. We are being led by the nose by islamic propaganda, and our own medias and others are buying the propaganda wholesale. And it didn't start with this current conflict it has most likely been going on for years, coloring our perceptions of what is really going on in the Middle-East. Up to now Islams propaganda war has been working, and it's about high time that they are exposed and we pull the plug on being lied to and misled every step of the way.

Our medias have to do some serious soul searching to regain some of their integrity and honesty and it's not a minute too soon!

*** UPDATE Aug 11, 2006 ***
Zombietime have a nice round-up of the Reuters photo fraud.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

uh... you don't drop hundreds of bombs in an urban area unless you plan on causing some damage. Yeah, the comments may not be accurate on this picture, you can even claim shoddy journalism. But that's a long jump from suggesting some hegemonic islamic conspiracy. I tend to assume bombs destroy things, and when hundreds are dropped on cities they'll destroy what cities are made of, people's houses, but hey that's just me.

08 August, 2006 07:22  
Blogger Zonka said...

Nobody's saying that houses haven't been bombed, and regretably also civilian houses. The fishy thing here is why use the same woman bemoaning the loss of her home in front of two different buildings? If she truly had been unlucky and had her home bombed twice, wouldn't you think that would have been the main story? And if not why didn't they find one of the residents of the houses that was bombed? Could it be that the levelled buildings here weren't residential, but claiming that they are by using a "model" posing as a "resident"?

Too many questions and not enough answers, but the original story doesn't mesh out! And that is what happens when you're getting caught with doctoring the story... People start questioning what really was going on and why inventing a false story.

08 August, 2006 10:09  
Blogger A Free Man said...

This is so funny! The MSM have been exposed as the fraudsters that they are, they've been exposed as lazy fraudsters at that!!

I have been suspicious of the MSM for many years, I have become more aware of the manipulation of the MSM. Now, I would not even bother getting a paper and watching news on TV.

They are a bunch of lying frauds!

08 August, 2006 16:52  
Blogger Zonka said...

A free man, I'm not sure that the MSM lies intentionally but their biases let the stories that fit into their worldview slip by them without holding them to the same kind of scrutiny that they would use for stories that is opposing their opinions. Their biggest mistake is not that they're biased, but that they try to pose as unbiased and objective reporters of news... which is demonstrably impossible particularly in a conflict situation.

At least the majority of political bloggers and news bloggers have no problem stating their biases and the two-way communication and pluralism in the blogosphere makes it easier to counter biased and false claims, and correct them, which is a where the traditional medias often fails ? mostly out of pride.

08 August, 2006 17:11  

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