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Reutersgate strikes other news outlets
Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/11/6 | SHEERA CLAIRE FRENKEL

Posted on 08/10/2006 8:10:53 PM PDT by SmithL

At first everyone thought they were just blowing smoke, but the debunking of a Reuters photograph by a group of Web sites has launched a fiery online war in which bloggers have taken on the mainstream media.

Bloggers, or writers on web logs, were the first to reveal that a Reuters photograph depicting plumes of black smoke rising over Beirut was doctored to enhance smoke above the city. The Web site www.LittleGreenFootballs.com is credited with first revealing the scandal, which has been dubbed Reutersgate, but the affair has spread far wider than the Reuters News Agency and into several of the most esteemed media outlets.

More than a dozen accusations of staged or doctored photographs have made their way through various Web sites in the past several weeks. None has been treated by the news outlets as seriously as the original Reuters incident, which saw the photographer Adnin Hajj fired and over 900 of his photos removed from the Reuters wire list. But numerous other outlets - including the BBC, The New York Times and AP - have been forced to recall photos or change captions following inaccuracies pointed out in online forums.

The fact that the online community rather than fellow mainstream media has become a watchdog of accuracy has surprised many who originally derided blogs as being "devoid of accuracy."

"In a blog you don't have to be accurate to anyone but yourself and your readers," said Laya Millman from the Jewlicious.com blog. "There is a great deal of accountability because, if you get anything wrong, the readers will quickly, very quickly, point it out."

As was demonstrated in the case with the Reuters photograph, blogs come with their own teams of investigators: the thousands of readers who stream through the site. Within hours of Charles Johnson's posting on Little Green Footballs, readers of the Web site had gone to work uncovering an array of damning evidence against Hajj, the most serious of which - a second doctored photograph, an Israeli plane altered to make it look as though it was dropping a series of bombs - may have pushed Reuters to fire Hajj after initially announcing that the freelance photographer would be suspended. That photograph, which was discovered by blogger Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report, included an illustrated account of how the photos had been doctored.

Photographs whose veracity has been questioned by blogs in the past few weeks since Reutersgate began include:

# Two pictures used by The Associated Press and Reuters, in which the same woman appeared to be crying over the destruction of her Beirut home. Distinguished by a red-checkered scarf and scar on her right cheek, the woman was pictured crying in front of two different locations two weeks apart.

# Several photographs of a bombed bridge in Beirut which appear on Reuters and AFP with the different captions stating that the bridge had been bombed on July 18, July 24 and August 5. Bloggers claim that the striking image was photographed to look like several different bombings in order to make destruction in Beirut appear more severe.

# In The New York Times photo essay "Attack on Tyre," a photograph of a man who appears dead is accompanied with the caption reading "bodies were still buried under the rubble." However, in a later photograph in the same series, the same man appears to be walking in the foreground of a photo. The Times issued a correction for the first photograph, stating that the man was injured.

Some claim that the online controversy over the photos has gotten out of hand, with many blogs now launching investigations and hurling accusations at a variety of news sources.

"These accusations can be very damning, and need to be handled with care and not thrown out by any angry blogger," said one anonymous poster on Little Green Footballs.

In the meantime, however, Little Green Footballs - along with many other online forums - has been flooded with investigations into mainstream media, with the entire army of its hundreds of thousands of readers eagerly at hand.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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1 posted on 08/10/2006 8:10:54 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: abb

hmmmmmmmm


2 posted on 08/10/2006 8:11:21 PM PDT by SmithL (The fact that they can't find Hoffa is proof that he never existed.)
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To: SmithL

Oh, bump!


3 posted on 08/10/2006 8:14:05 PM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: SmithL

Charles Johnson of LGF was really hoping that the scandal would not be dubbed "Reutersgate." I guess he'll be disappointed to learn that the standard _____gate template has been utilized.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 8:14:07 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: SmithL
Some claim that the online controversy over the photos has gotten out of hand, with many blogs now launching investigations and hurling accusations at a variety of news sources.

where Some = MSM outlets

5 posted on 08/10/2006 8:16:16 PM PDT by FourPeas (when it comes to binary, there are 10 kinds of people: those who get it and those who don't)
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To: SmithL

Good article.


6 posted on 08/10/2006 8:17:04 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: SmithL

bump for later


7 posted on 08/10/2006 8:17:39 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: SmithL
"These accusations can be very damning, and need to be handled with care and not thrown out by any angry blogger,"

Grin!

Ain't life great? The left is sliding a little further into senility. Ain't life grand?

8 posted on 08/10/2006 8:18:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: SmithL
In The New York Times photo essay "Attack on Tyre," a photograph of a man who appears dead is accompanied with the caption reading "bodies were still buried under the rubble." However, in a later photograph in the same series, the same man appears to be walking in the foreground of a photo. The Times issued a correction for the first photograph, stating that the man was injured.

"He was injured." Sounds like a hell of an injury if he was up walking around afterwards LOL. So what's the theme? "Evil Israelis cause man to stub his toe on the corner of a building."

9 posted on 08/10/2006 8:19:06 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: Cyclopean Squid

More accurately it is propaganda from Islamic militants. Yellow journalism by any other name.


10 posted on 08/10/2006 8:19:21 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: SmithL

We have Al Gore to thank for the internet:)sarcasm intended


11 posted on 08/10/2006 8:20:21 PM PDT by Thombo2
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To: Cyclopean Squid
What would Chuck rather it be dubbed?
12 posted on 08/10/2006 8:21:19 PM PDT by ASA Vet (3.03)
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To: weegee

I just wish most of America was paying as much attention as we are, and knew how much to trust their media.


13 posted on 08/10/2006 8:22:57 PM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: SmithL
Green Helmet the movie director [Germany's NDR busts him in the act VIDEO]

You can see screen scrapes here

14 posted on 08/10/2006 8:23:03 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: SmithL

Oh, no! It's a vast right wing conspiracy...to uncover the truth.


15 posted on 08/10/2006 8:23:04 PM PDT by aligncare (Reporter ignorance killed journalism)
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To: SmithL

16 posted on 08/10/2006 8:25:39 PM PDT by Mo1 (Bolton- "No one has explained how you negotiate a ceasefire with terrorists")
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To: Mo1

I love it!


17 posted on 08/10/2006 8:30:01 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: SmithL
Read a silkily condescending excepted article from the WaPo on here this week (can't find the link) about how LGF had achieved "a success of sorts" in these Fauxtography matters.

This, from the paper that's been resting on its Nixon Impeachment laurels for over 30 years.

It made a point of indicating the Charles Johnson is actually a professional musician, not a professional journalist.

But it conveniently failed to address:


18 posted on 08/10/2006 8:30:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL
The fact that the online community rather than fellow mainstream media has become a watchdog of accuracy has surprised many who originally derided blogs as being "devoid of accuracy."

Bump to the NEW media!

19 posted on 08/10/2006 8:30:59 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: ASA Vet

Don't know. Here's the link to his comment (see last line):

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=21967&only

But in posts since then, it looks as though he's acquiesced to the term.


20 posted on 08/10/2006 8:31:35 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: SmithL
"these accusations can be very damning, and need to be handled with care and not thrown out by any angry blogger," said one anonymous poster on Little Green Footballs.

BWAHAHA,These accusations ARE damning and indefensible unless you are a dishonest person or organization(as we all know they are).

LGF is a great blog.

21 posted on 08/10/2006 8:34:13 PM PDT by X-FID (Calm up and clam down.)
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To: kc8ukw
Here's one that's NOT DOCTORED!


22 posted on 08/10/2006 8:39:02 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: Cyclopean Squid
The scandal should just be dubbed "Reuters", a name associated with inaccuracy
23 posted on 08/10/2006 8:42:20 PM PDT by feedback doctor (HATE - The core value of liberalism)
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To: All

Looks like the UN may be taking action against Israel based on the 'ACCURACY' of the fake pictures:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1681610/posts
UN Human Rights Council to convene on Israel

Now I can't help but wonder if any of these photographers were acting on a grant from the HRC???


24 posted on 08/10/2006 8:47:24 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SmithL

Back in the early fifties, SERUTAN (nature spelled backward), a supplement, used before and after photos of blood cells. I cut out the two pictures and shifted the after up and to the right and overlayed it on the before and they were the same. Bogus photos are not new.


25 posted on 08/10/2006 8:49:59 PM PDT by orchid (Defeat is worse than death, you have to LIVE with defeat.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

>>Charles Johnson of LGF was really hoping that the
>>scandal would not be dubbed "Reutersgate." I guess he'll
>>be disappointed to learn that the standard _____gate
>>template has been utilized.

I kind of like Fauxtography.

JMHO


26 posted on 08/10/2006 8:59:07 PM PDT by DelphiUser ("You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can't make him think")
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Yeah, injured, as the NY Times says in helping out in the rescue effort. Then why is he pictured as pretty much naked? That must have been some injury.


27 posted on 08/10/2006 9:05:02 PM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: SmithL
"These accusations can be very damning, and need to be handled with care and not thrown out by any angry blogger," said one anonymous poster on Little Green Footballs.

Oh! Really?
Would that be in the same way the MSM "handles their damning accusations with care"???
Huh?

28 posted on 08/10/2006 9:13:19 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: SmithL

Is it any surprise that those who routinely twist the news would alter pictures to suit their needs? It is great that a whole legion of people are out there to act as a quality control mechanism for the media.


29 posted on 08/10/2006 9:19:41 PM PDT by Ma3lst0rm (Trust when money is involved is better described as foolishness.)
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To: SmithL
The proverbial


30 posted on 08/10/2006 9:35:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Cannonette

Ping


31 posted on 08/10/2006 9:41:01 PM PDT by Cannoneer No. 4 (Coming to you live from Hesco City)
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To: SmithL
Some claim that the online controversy over the photos has gotten out of hand, with many blogs now launching investigations and hurling accusations at a variety of news sources.

I can only imagine how out of hand the media would be had Israel staged photos of the dead and injured and enhanced the images of damage done within their cities.

32 posted on 08/10/2006 9:52:15 PM PDT by eggman (Democrat party - The black hole of liberalism from which no rational thought can escape.)
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To: SmithL
>"That photograph, which was discovered by blogger Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report,"

Rusty Shackelford here picitured, is also a contributor to the Gribble Report.


33 posted on 08/10/2006 9:54:39 PM PDT by subazak
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To: Buckhead

ping :)


34 posted on 08/10/2006 10:26:45 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Amnesty_From_Government.htm)
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To: SmithL

Who coined the word "fauxtography?"

It is catching on.


35 posted on 08/10/2006 10:30:54 PM PDT by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: SmithL

This has been going on for years, even with your local police and paper.

Look closely the next time you see your local sheriff torching a pile of pot plants.....with all the buds picked off.


36 posted on 08/10/2006 10:38:57 PM PDT by 308MBR ( "She pulled up her petticoat, and I pulled out for Tulsa!" Abstinence training from Bob Wills.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

I like PhotoFraud more than ReuterGate, but the "gate" suffix has come to mean scandal.


37 posted on 08/11/2006 5:56:13 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Supporting the troops means praying for them to WIN!)
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To: SmithL

http://www.aish.com/movies/JP/PhotoFraud.asp

NOT JUST MULTIPLE REUTERS-OTHER NEWS OUTLETS-DOZENS OF FAKE PHOTOS

NYTIMES SLIDE SHOW, AP, USNEWS & WORLD REPORT,PROP PLACEMENT OF DISNEY CHARACTERS/TOYS,TIRES BURNING IN DUMPS,SAME CIVILIAN ACTORS IN MULTIPLE SLIDES ...

PHOTO FRAUD IN LEBANON
AISH.COM'S NEW MOVIE


BTT


38 posted on 08/11/2006 7:59:01 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: 308MBR

However, this misrepresentation by the MSM is more than torching a potted plant; it is inciting violence and just unadulterated propaganda!


39 posted on 08/11/2006 8:05:28 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: SmithL
I'm starting to lose track of all this FauxTography. Did I catch everything below?

discovered by Little Green Footballs
doctored photo   real photo
 

discovered by Jawa Report
doctored photo   highlights of cloning in photo
 

discovered by various sources
same neighborhood detroyed twice?
 
CAPTION: Journalists are shown by a Hizbollah guerrilla group the damage caused by Israeli attacks on a Hizbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, July 24 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)   CAPTION: A Lebanese woman looks at the sky as she walks past a building flattened during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut's suburbs August 5, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)

discovered by Drinking From Home Blog
same woman has home destroyed twice?
 
CAPTION: 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   CAPTION: 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 Aug 2, 2006 AP Story
Headline: Heavy Equipment Used to Bury the Dead
Story lead-in BAALBEK, Lebanon -- People in a village outside this Hezbollah stronghold used a front-end loader's scoop to carry away some of the dead Wednesday after a night of Israeli airstrikes and a commando raid inside Baalbek that residents said killed at least 15 civilians...
Accompanying photo

discovered by Little Green Footballs
original caption: corrected caption:
A Relative carries the body of Rajaa Abu Shaban, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. An Israel air strike against Islamic militants in Gaza City on Wednesday killed three people, including 5-year-old Rajaa Abu Shaban, and wounded two more, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. The Israeli army said its forces attacked a 'terrorist training camp' in Gaza, but gave no further details. (AP photo/Adel Hana) On Thursday, doctors said that the 5-year-old Palestinian girl initially believed to have been killed by an Israeli military strike Wednesday apparently died after sustaining head injuries during a fall from a swing in the same area shortly before the strike.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)

discovered by Gateway Pundit
NY Times photo and caption of "dead young man" with shorts and a baseball cap (under his arm)

The mayor of Tyre said that in the worst hit areas, bodies were still buried under the rubble, and he appealed to the Israelis to allow government authorities time to pull them out. (Photo Tyler Hicks The New York Times)
additional photos from same NYT series. Can you spot the "dead guy" (with shorts & b-ball cap) at the right of each photo?

discovered by EU Referendum
photos of green helmet guy parading corpses after Israeli airstrike in Qana
discovered by Germany's NDR:
Was this the same Green Helment Guy parading corpses around in Qana in 1996??
 
Watch German video of Green Helmet Guy parading the dead bodies and directing cameras at what to record.
Sample screen-captures here:

40 posted on 08/11/2006 8:54:16 AM PDT by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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To: SmithL
Not related to politics, per se, but Space.COM has an article about another apparent journalistic fraud:

Wired News Pulls Freelancer's Space Stories

The hit by the "real" news media against blogs is that we don't have editors to check out our sources or verify our facts.  Well, it's becoming increasingly obvious that they don't either.  Green Helmet guy and Adnan Hajj join a long list of journalistic frauds, including Jayson Blair, Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite and Ted Koppel from the "glory days" of old media, even back to McCarthy era hero Walter Duranty of the New York Times.

Well, we are the fact checkers now, and we get it right far more than they do.

41 posted on 08/11/2006 8:54:53 AM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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