Charles Johnson at LGF did one of the definitive tests two years ago proving that Dan Rather and Mary Mapes used obviously forged material for their ideological purposes. It was a great and simple expose of shoddy agenda journalism. He has done it again. The target is Reuters (hardly the first time of bad behavior by Reuters’ reporters, as you recall). This time LGF has exposed the bias of Reuters and photographer Adnan Hajj, trying to exaggerate the impact of Israel’s attacking Hezbollah in Beirut by a low-quality photoshopping of a cityscape to invent lots of non-existent damage:
Question: are MSM reporters, photographers, and managements given protection under the Geneva Convention, since they are enemy combatants but they wear no uniform?
Reuters should have titled this retraction of the photo: “Pictures Kill,” since that is no doubt what Reuters accomplishes with its incitement of the enemy through its false propaganda.
And we do like it when the snooty MSM are laid low, like Kathleen Carroll, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor:
“These photographers are obviously willing to participate in propaganda,” Limbaugh said. “They know exactly what’s being done, all these photos, bringing the bodies out of the rubble, posing them for the cameras, it’s all staged. Every bit of it is staged and the still photographers know it.”
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.
“It’s hard to imagine how someone sitting in an air-conditioned office or broadcast studio many thousands of miles from the scene can decide what occurred on the ground with any degree of accuracy,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.
Carroll said in addition to personally speaking with photo editors, “I also know from 30 years of experience in this business that you can’t get competitive journalists to participate in the kind of (staging) experience that is being described.”
Of course not. With modern technology, they don’t have to participate in anything. They just have to photoshop it.
More from the inimitable Hajj (actually, very much imitable), via Ace:
It is of course highly plausible that a wedding dress survived standing up on a mannequin after a bombing, and that a Koran was still burning two hours after an airstrike, when the Reuters people finally got there. That Hajj is a lucky fellow.
Powerline has some more phony photos from Reuters/Hajj.