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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

News agencies circle the wagons to defend Qana

At Little Green Footballs, Charles notes a circling of the wagons among the news services defending their staged photos of the Qana massacre selection process.
NEW YORK - Three news agencies on Tuesday rejected challenges to the veracity of photographs of bodies taken in the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Lebanon, strongly denying that the images were staged.

Photographers from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse all covered rescue operations Sunday in Qana, where 56 Lebanese were killed. Many of their photos depicted rescue workers carrying dead children.

A British Web site, the EU Referendum blog, built an argument that chicanery may have been involved by citing time stamps that went with captions of the photographs.

For example, the Web site draws attention to a photo by AP’s Lefteris Pitarakis time stamped 7:21 a.m., showing a dead girl in an ambulance. Another picture, stamped 10:25 a.m. and taken by AP’s Mohammed Zaatari, shows the same girl being loaded onto the ambulance. In a third, by AP photographer Nasser Nasser and stamped 10:44 a.m., a rescue worker carries the girl with no ambulance nearby.

The site suggests these events were staged for effect, a criticism echoed by talk show host Rush Limbaugh when he directed listeners to the blog on Monday.

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The AP said information from its photo editors showed the events were not staged, and that the time stamps could be misleading for several reasons, including that web sites can use such stamps to show when pictures are posted, not taken. An AFP executive said he was stunned to be questioned about it. Reuters, in a statement, said it categorically rejects any such suggestion.

Charles has challenged the agencies to release their pictures with the time stamps. If they ever do, that would be another Flying Pigs Moment.

Read the whole thing.

2 Comments:

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Kranky (in the civilized world) said...

OT Carl:

Just heard Olmert say that all of this signals support for "convergence".

Ah.... time to give him a no confidence vote and send him packing. Convergence or retreat needs to be shown for what it has done, specifically this multi frontal war that Israel is currently fighting was directly caused by retreat.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Kranky,

I'm planning to write about that shortly.

 

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