Daily Archives: July 10, 2008

AGAIN! New York Times, LA Times, Major News Media Worldwide Publish Faked Photos and Stories

Worldwide News Media Shows More Faked Photos

Once again the news media of the world is caught printing fake news and photographs. Last year alone, Reuters News was forced to admit that over a thousand of its news photos and stories in the last two years were false, faked or entirely staged to “create” news. (BFP articles about faked stories and photos in the major news media here, here, here and here)

This time it is faked photographs of Iranian missiles being launched. It turns out that some of the missiles didn’t launch at the test, but what the heck… no problem… a little PhotoShop and the missile test is successful!

At least with blogs the consumers of news have opportunities to discuss, research and correct the news, but if citizens disagree with CBC or The Nation – well, it is “letter to the editor time” and you know how far that gets you!

How did this latest fake photo get spotted?

oh… you know. Bloggers!

Here is photo showing the added missle and changes…

Further Reading

NY Times: In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many

MeteorologyNews.com: Fake Tornado Picture Embarasses Newsrooms

AP, NBC, ABC pull faked video

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Jesse Jackson Says About Obama “I Want To Cut His Nuts Off”

Oops! Was My Microphone On?

The Rev. Jesse Jackson apologized Wednesday for saying Barack Obama is “talking down to black people” during what Jackson thought was a private conversation before a FOX News interview Sunday.

Jackson was speaking to a guest at the time about Obama’s speeches in black churches and his support for faith-based charities. Jackson added before going live, “I want to cut his nuts off.”

His microphone picked up the remarks…

… continue reading this story at Fox News: Jesse Jackson Apologizes For Crude Obama Remarks

… Watch and listen to Jesse Jackson at the New York Post (link here)

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Mia Mottley Declares Assets – Wipes The Floor With Thompson and DLP Government

Give Mia Her Due Respect…

When Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley publicly declared her assets in Parliament, she successfully pulled off the most beautifully orchestrated piece of politics that this writer has seen in years.

One of our BFP family (Cliverton) argued that Mia’s declaration of assets doesn’t really matter. Here is some of what Cliverton wrote…

“I think that part of the problem is that … folks don’t realize that the declaration of assets is only a small, even tiny, part of the changes that are necessary. Mia knows that, and she also knows that in the absence of the other 98% of ITAL (Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation), the declaration of assets is essentially showmanship serving little real public purpose. After all… if there are no rules for the disclosure, access and use of the information – and there are no laws broken by conflicts of interest such as government officials awarding contracts to themselves etc – the disclosure is of little use to anyone except Mia.

It is about pretense, and pretending that this really means something.

We will be supporting Mia’s call for disclosure of assets by all MPs… after all… it was our idea and has been pushed by us all along. But we, unlike so many others who are so willing to be fooled, realise that this means little to the advancement of effective ITAL.

Other than shaming the DLP into keeping their already-broken promises.”

Mia’s Declaration Of Assets Is More Important That Even She Probably Realises

I have to disagree in part with Cliverton. He does make some good points, but I believe that Clive has underestimated the ability of the public to determine that this is all theatre.

What Cliverton misses, and what the public will soon start to realise, is that Mia’s declaration of assets is as much a condemnation of her 14 years of BLP government as it is a poke at the Thompson administration.

Further Reading

Nation News: Mia Worth 3.5 Million

Nation News: Mottley’s Strong Response

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