A Thousand Photos Withdrawn By Reuters
Reuters News has been caught red-handed publishing obviously faked photos of the Middle East war… and not just one or two photos either. Reuters has been forced to withdraw almost a thousand news photos from circulation.
PhotoShop Tricks Widely Used
PhotoShop tricks were apparently widely used to “enhance” photos – for instance, modifying a photo of an Israeli warplane to show it launching missiles when none were launched. Photos of “bomb damage” had bombed-out buildings pasted in from old photos. Smoke was thickened and pasted to “prove” attacks on buildings that never happened.
In another series of photos over a few weeks, an old lady was shown lamenting the destruction of her home in a certain village one day, and a week later the same old lady was shown in another village lamenting the destruction of “her home” – which was pasted in.
Another photo showed the apparent destruction of a bridge with a certain auto wrecked in the photo – but a week later the same “wrecked auto” appears in another picture… with the bridge intact!
“Victim” Dead One Minute – But Alive The Next
A Reuters photographer took photos of a dead “victim” being recovered from the rubble of a bombed out building – but an hour later the same photographer takes a photo of the “victim” who is now a “rescue worker”.
US News Fakes A Cover Shot
An “attack” by warplanes? Nope… a tire dump deliberately set on fire for a media photo-op – and AP & Reuters photographers knew the truth!
…and on and on and on.
One of the constant mantras heard about blogs is that they are somehow too uncontrolled – operating without oversight or accountability – routinely publishing known lies to further political and social agendas. The Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, recently called for the regulation of blogs. (Link here)
Those of us who attempt to write serious blogs, and who garner a wide following know the truth: Our readers hold us accountable in a way that is simply not done with the “old mainstream media”.
If we publish something that is inaccurate, a reader will publish a public comment and hold our feet to the fire. If a blogger drops a “clanger” or puts up a misleading title by accident or (heaven forbid) by design – readers hold the blog accountable, and their comments and research remain online for all to see.
So how did Reuters – one of the largest news services in the world – get found out?
Bloggers. Bloggers noted the fakes and began to post, research and publish their findings.
So now, once again, another truth is revealed for all to see: the old media has been faking stories and serving their own political and social agendas for a hundred years – but now they can’t do so with the same impunity.
A word to Reuters, Dan Rather, CBS News and the rest of the old, tired media…
Welcome to the new media. You will be held accountable… and that goes for you politicians too.
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