January 5, 2009
Let the Media Fauxtography Games Begin!
What's a war in the Middle East without some faked photos or misleading captions to get your anti-Israeli blood up and show the world how beastly those nasty Jews are to the poor, peace loving terrorists of Hamas?Previous conflicts in the Middle East have revealed wire services like Reuters and AP to be an extension of the propaganda arm of the Palestinians as photos purporting to show Israeli "atrocities" turn out to be staged tableaus or retouched.The blog Mere Rhetoric gives us a primer (courtesy of Zombietime ) in the art of Fauxtography as practiced during the Israel-Lebanon War in 2006:The four types of photographic fraud perpetrated by Reuters photographers and editors are: 1. Digitally manipulating images after the photographs have been taken. 2. Photographing scenes staged by Hezbollah and presenting the images as if they were of authentic spontaneous news events. 3. Photographers themselves staging scenes or moving objects, and presenting photos of the...(Read Full Post)