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June 29, 2008
If you thought Rathergate was bad....
Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, a French journalist, writes a hair-raising account of the al-Dura case, in which a French TV network, France 2, broadcast (and supplied free to the world's press) edited footage making it appear that Israeli troops had cruelly shot and killed a young boy, Mohammed al-Dura, being cradled in his father's arms.
The images sparked horrendous violence in the second intifada, and was used to smear Israel worldwide. The only problem: it was fake.
The entire story of how the fake was proven, and (even more hair-raising), how the French journalistic establishment has rallied behind the reporter, Charles Enderlin, airing the fake report, is laid out for all to see. Dan Rather could only dream of such back-up.
Hat tip: Ed Lasky