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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The New York Times scrubs a story; Fauxtography at WaPo

On Saturday night, I reported on a New York Times story that indicated that the 'vast majority' of the casualties in Gaza on Saturday were Hamas police officers and security men.
For those of you who have watched the videos further down the page, I am sure that you noticed that all of the victims in the live shots were adult males. Now, even the New York Times is confirming that the 'vast majority' of those killed are Hamas police and security men (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).

The center of Gaza City instantly became a scene of chaotic horror, with rubble everywhere, sirens wailing, and women shrieking as dozens of mutilated bodies were laid out on the pavement and in the lobby of Shifa Hospital so that family members could identify them. The vast majority of those killed were Hamas police officers and security men, including two senior commanders, but the dead included several construction workers and at least two children in school uniforms.
Omri reports at Mere Rhetoric that during the night, the Times scrubbed the story.
Here's the thing though: if you click through to that story those paragraphs have disappeared. But you know that the article existed because even the hand-wringing anti-Israel morons at Feministe quoted it. This kind of post-hoc media sanitation is becoming something of a trend.
Trend? I'd say it's become the norm.

But the Times isn't the only paper trying to 'enhance' the 'Palestinian' story this morning. So is the Washington Post.
According to I*Consult, the Washington Post just published the following photo from Gaza — shot and captioned by an Arab photographer. (Hattip Barry Rubin)

The caption reads:
Palestinian children and a man wounded in Israeli missile strikes are seen in the emergency area at Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008. Israeli warplanes demolished dozens of Hamas security compounds across Gaza on Saturday in unprecedented waves of simultaneous air strikes. Gaza medics said at least 145 people were killed and more than 310 wounded in the single deadliest day in Gaza fighting in recent memory. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (Khalil Hamra - AP)
Are the three children on the other stretcher wounded? Or dressing? Actually, if you read the text carefully, it doesn’t say the children are wounded, but that they are photographed with a wounded man. My suspicion is that were there real blood on these children’s bodies the photographer would have included it in his photo.
Richard Landes, who was instrumental in exposing the al-Dura fraud, goes on to note that the picture is no longer at WaPo, but that it still appears online with the same caption elsewhere.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


At 9:06 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

As far as the truth is concerned, its always coincidental when Jews enter the picture. That's the way its always been throughout Jewish history - which has mostly been written by those hostile to them so its not accurate. Far from it.

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

We have to expect this. No hospital would put 3 wounded children on a single stretcher, they don't fit.

It is window dressing for the Moonbat MSM.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Batya said...

Does this picture look ligit? The colors don't look real to me.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

The first picture looks doctored to make the smoke thicker.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger R.Manigault said...

Would it matter?
What if it was true that children were killed? Chance are many have been.Would it matter to a people that have had 60 years to make peace that can only think "eye for an eye"?
Strong enough to kill yet too weak to make peace.

The chosen people, the people that god feels closest too.Says a lot about God.

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Hersh Chaturvedi said...

" A survey published by the EU in October 2003 revealed that 59% of Europeans believe that Israel constitutes a bigger threat to world peace than North Korea, Iran or Afghanistan. This negative image has a damaging impact on Israel's business activity in the EU. "

from: http://businessandstate.blogspot.com/

Which is where Israel has failed. I realize that Israel needs to do a lot more than just talk its good-intentions. However, that doesn't justfy NOT communicating its own constraints and compulsions. Israel needs humanizing-- in word and action.

Do you agree?

from: http://businessandstate.blogspot.com/

At 1:36 AM, Blogger D. said...

For G-d's sake, 700 Palestinain wounded, 250something killed, repercussions likely for Israeli civilians and you're bickering over a photo that everybody knows was staged anyway. Get a grip.

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Captain USpace said...

For EVERY missile shot into Israel at least ONE missile should be returned to the area as
close as possible to the shooter. Tit for tat. Every single missile should be returned.
Period. Treat them like adults, if they kill, they will be killed. That is the only way
they will learn. Screw public opinion, force them to see the truth, or let them be damned.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
hope your kids grow up

to strap bombs on babies
to kill other children

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
form a terrorist country

then wish to be destroyed
by committing acts of war

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
blame your failings on the Jews

for a few more thousand years
they are Earth's scapegoats

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
give Israel away

to appease her enemies
dishonor America
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