Reutersgate strikes other news outlets

Discussion in 'Politics' started by sputdr, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. More folly from the left wing media. There should be criminal penalties for doctoring photos and reporting flat out lies.

    At first everyone thought they were just blowing smoke, but the debunking of a Reuters photograph by a group of Web sites has launched a fiery online war in which bloggers have taken on the mainstream media.

    Bloggers, or writers on web logs, were the first to reveal that a Reuters photograph depicting plumes of black smoke rising over Beirut was doctored to enhance smoke above the city. The Web site is credited with first revealing the scandal, which has been dubbed Reutersgate, but the affair has spread far wider than the Reuters News Agency and into several of the most esteemed media outlets.

    More than a dozen accusations of staged or doctored photographs have made their way through various Web sites in the past several weeks. None has been treated by the news outlets as seriously as the original Reuters incident, which saw the photographer Adnin Hajj fired and over 900 of his photos removed from the Reuters wire list. But numerous other outlets - including the BBC, The New York Times and AP - have been forced to recall photos or change captions following inaccuracies pointed out in online forums.

    The fact that the online community rather than fellow mainstream media has become a watchdog of accuracy has surprised many who originally derided blogs as being "devoid of accuracy."

    "In a blog you don't have to be accurate to anyone but yourself and your readers," said Laya Millman from the blog. "There is a great deal of accountability because, if you get anything wrong, the readers will quickly, very quickly, point it out."

    As was demonstrated in the case with the Reuters photograph, blogs come with their own teams of investigators: the thousands of readers who stream through the site. Within hours of Charles Johnson's posting on Little Green Footballs, readers of the Web site had gone to work uncovering an array of damning evidence against Hajj, the most serious of which - a second doctored photograph, an Israeli plane altered to make it look as though it was dropping a series of bombs - may have pushed Reuters to fire Hajj after initially announcing that the freelance photographer would be suspended. That photograph, which was discovered by blogger Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report, included an illustrated account of how the photos had been doctored.

    Photographs whose veracity has been questioned by blogs in the past few weeks since Reutersgate began include:

    Two pictures used by The Associated Press and Reuters, in which the same woman appeared to be crying over the destruction of her Beirut home. Distinguished by a red-checkered scarf and scar on her right cheek, the woman was pictured crying in front of two different locations two weeks apart.

    Several photographs of a bombed bridge in Beirut which appear on Reuters and AFP with the different captions stating that the bridge had been bombed on July 18, July 24 and August 5. Bloggers claim that the striking image was photographed to look like several different bombings in order to make destruction in Beirut appear more severe.

    In The New York Times photo essay "Attack on Tyre," a photograph of a man who appears dead is accompanied with the caption reading "bodies were still buried under the rubble." However, in a later photograph in the same series, the same man appears to be walking in the foreground of a photo. The Times issued a correction for the first photograph, stating that the man was injured.

    Some claim that the online controversy over the photos has gotten out of hand, with many blogs now launching investigations and hurling accusations at a variety of news sources.

    "These accusations can be very damning, and need to be handled with care and not thrown out by any angry blogger," said one anonymous poster on Little Green Footballs.

    In the meantime, however, Little Green Footballs - along with many other online forums - has been flooded with investigations into mainstream media, with the entire army of its hundreds of thousands of readers eagerly at hand.
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  3. bsmeter


    Left wing media my ass. Read up on who owns the media before making stupid comments like that.

    And while retards are busy with the left wing media illusion, your pal Bush is doing his best to make America UNSAFE!!

    Bush staff wanted bomb-detect cash moved

    WASHINGTON - While the British terror suspects were hatching their plot, the Bush administration was quietly seeking permission to divert $6 million that was supposed to be spent this year developing new homeland explosives detection technology.

    Yeah that's right you retards. Bush is really crying out for your safety!! Keep on being diverted by the "left wing" media while your boy keeps on raping you!! Enjoy bitches, you must love it. :D
  4. bsmeter


    Yeah that's right. They have a full battalion leading you retards. more like Sheep being led to slaughter.,,174-2289232,00.html

    Israel backed by army of cyber-soldiers
    From Yonit Farago in Jerusalem

    WHILE Israel fights Hezbollah with tanks and aircraft, its supporters are campaigning on the internet.

    Israel’s Government has thrown its weight behind efforts by supporters to counter what it believes to be negative bias and a tide of pro-Arab propaganda. The Foreign Ministry has ordered trainee diplomats to track websites and chatrooms so that networks of US and European groups with hundreds of thousands of Jewish activists can place supportive messages.

    In the past week nearly 5,000 members of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) have downloaded special “megaphone” software that alerts them to anti-Israeli chatrooms or internet polls to enable them to post contrary viewpoints. A student team in Jerusalem combs the web in a host of different languages to flag the sites so that those who have signed up can influence an opinion survey or the course of a debate.
  5. Pabst


    BS I'm amused at some of your points but I'll explain without profanity why I think you're an idiot. I agree the media is monopolistic. However you'll slam the media and then you'll attempt to support your point by quoting major media![/b Here you are with the AP and I've seen you do it with liberal daily newspapers.

    do you then trust? I suspect you ONLY trust the AP, BBC, CNN, NYT and Washington Post. Those "institutions" though are part in parcel with the "conspiracy." If you truly believe there's a "Jewish agenda" then how can you NOT realize those liberal outlets are the songbirds for delivering Marxist indoctrination.

    If there's ANY Jews worth saving it's the Zionists. The reform Jews around the world are the one's who pose the greatest threat to cultural institutions and economic liberty. The Orthodox though are tremendous people. Heroic. The reform Jews on the other hand (doodoo an exception) are are increasingly complicit in throwing Israel under the bus. Since you obviously despise Israel that's fine by you but if you think the "liberal" seemingly pro Arab media that you so admire isn't "Jewish" in thought and deed then you're mistaken.