Qana conclusions devastating to press

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After much hard work, the blog Eureferendum has completed its detailed analysis of the photojournalism at Qana. Everything has been painstakingly analyzed online with the participation of bloggers from around the world and is available for you to see. The conclusion of the  report:

Firstly, were many of the scenes during the rescue/recovery effort at Khuraybah on 30 July 2006, staged? The answer has to be yes.

Secondly, were journalists (with or without cameras) aware of the staging and complicit in it? Again, the answer has to be yes.

Third, did the media (the western media in particular) accept the images uncritically, without in any way inquiring as to their authenticity — even though there were good grounds for suspicion? Here, the answer almost certainly has to be yes.

Finally, has there since been a cover—up by the agencies and other media organisations which produced or used the material, and a sustained campaign by them either to ignore the issue or neutralise criticism? Once again, the answer has to be yes.

I urge you to take the time to read it,disseminate it, and if you know high school student aged children, you will do them a great favor by sharing it with them. It is a first class study of a significant propaganda campaign, and since they will be bombarded by it regularly they need to be aware of it.

Clarice Feldman   8 23 06

Thomas Lifson adds:

This incident should become a case study used in media classes across the country, as well as in schools of journalism. Considering the biases rampant in education and the press, it won't happen much, if at all.

After much hard work, the blog Eureferendum has completed its detailed analysis of the photojournalism at Qana. Everything has been painstakingly analyzed online with the participation of bloggers from around the world and is available for you to see. The conclusion of the  report:

Firstly, were many of the scenes during the rescue/recovery effort at Khuraybah on 30 July 2006, staged? The answer has to be yes.

Secondly, were journalists (with or without cameras) aware of the staging and complicit in it? Again, the answer has to be yes.

Third, did the media (the western media in particular) accept the images uncritically, without in any way inquiring as to their authenticity — even though there were good grounds for suspicion? Here, the answer almost certainly has to be yes.

Finally, has there since been a cover—up by the agencies and other media organisations which produced or used the material, and a sustained campaign by them either to ignore the issue or neutralise criticism? Once again, the answer has to be yes.

I urge you to take the time to read it,disseminate it, and if you know high school student aged children, you will do them a great favor by sharing it with them. It is a first class study of a significant propaganda campaign, and since they will be bombarded by it regularly they need to be aware of it.

Clarice Feldman   8 23 06

Thomas Lifson adds:

This incident should become a case study used in media classes across the country, as well as in schools of journalism. Considering the biases rampant in education and the press, it won't happen much, if at all.