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Brief video on Photo Fraud in Lebanon:

Various allegations (and in some cases, proof), of fraud/manipulation/staging/etc. of photos by "journalists" in Hizballahland in South Lebanon have been gradually spreading over the last two weeks. If you have been curious about the allegations, but haven't had the patience to read the various blog and MSM accounts of them, this brief movie from AISH.com reviews some of the more prominent examples of media misconduct.

The Drill SGT (mail):
nice 120 second summary
8.14.2006 10:06pm
massachusetts republican (mail) (www):
Journalism (blogging too) is, and always will be, a fight between the forces of truth and those who propagate lies. It is the never-ending "good" fight we all join as we take up the pen(or keyboard). We either choose the path of disengagement from the battle, thereby committing the sin of nonparticipation. Some choose to live a life of hate and lies as these "journalist" do. Or we can select the hard but noble path of speaking truth, countering lies and not backing down.
8.14.2006 10:06pm
MattT (mail):
The video doesn't show the unaltered Hajj image of the Beirut skyline, suggesting that most of the smoke was fraudulent. Photoshopped or no, there was a hell of a lot of smoke over Beirut that day. Check out for a different perspective on destruction in Beirut.

Likewise they use the image to pillory "Reuters" without noting that the image was aggressively killed by that agency within hours of its release, after the fraud became apparent, and the guilty photog fired.

There's certainly been a lot of photographic funny business going on in Lebanon, which the media should answer for. AISH seems to be attempting an illusion worthy of Copperfield by pointing out the "actors" playing roles in front of bombed out apartment buildings - and hoping they distract our attention from the bombed out apartment buildings.

Agencies should scrutinize images more rigorously and discipline photographers guilty of fraud. But partisans on all sides are guilty of using images to mislead; it's not a uniquely anti-Israel or liberal disease.
8.14.2006 10:44pm
Kevin L. Connors (mail) (www):
No massachusetts [sic] republican, your equivalence of blogging to the MSM errs in this regard (And I have been among the vanguard of those calling to make blogging profitable.): bloggers are not ruled by the profit motive.
8.14.2006 10:49pm
Peter Wimsey:
Or we can select the hard but noble path of speaking truth, countering lies and not backing down.


But beware! For therein lies the path to pomposity...
Yeah, it takes a brave man person to comment anonymously on the internet.
8.15.2006 12:20am
Christopher Cooke (mail):
And an even braver person to comment under a pseudonym using the name of a popular character from English mystery series.
8.15.2006 12:51am
some guest:
What an apt post. Because photo fraud is the worst thing that's been happening in Lebanon lately. Way worse than, say, the deaths of hundreds of civilians by Israeli bombs, in response to the *kidnapping* (not murder) of two people.
8.15.2006 1:20am
Tracy Johnson (www):
I noticed the old woman with the bombed out apartment photos. She seemed the very lookalike of one of the interviewed women of the documentary "Women of Hezbollah". (Don't ask me, my wife watches this stuff on Linktv and I happened to be there.)

Women of Hezbollah

(Not the younger woman on the cover art of course.)

Can anyone with greater resources who has also seen this video confirm the older interviewee looks like that old woman in the bombing photo? (They want $375 to buy $75 to rent, no thanks, I'll wait until it reappears.)
8.15.2006 11:24am
te (mail):
Still beating this drum?

In column A you have dead children. In column B you have somebody photoshopping in more smoke in a picture.

The relentless focus on "B" and other such trivia is odd, to say the least.

But anyway, didn't you hear our Maximum Leader yesterday? Bush has informed us that Hizbullah was defeated. So - obviously - we will never hear from them again.
8.15.2006 1:46pm
josh:
some gues said:

"What an apt post. Because photo fraud is the worst thing that's been happening in Lebanon lately. Way worse than, say, the deaths of hundreds of civilians by Israeli bombs, in response to the *kidnapping* (not murder) of two people."

Don't you know that, based on this irrefutable evidence of "media misconduct," we have proven that those civilian deaths did not occur?

Where have you been?
8.15.2006 2:47pm