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***Update from LGF.*** *** Here we go again. You'll all remember how the MSM brought us the first Fauxtography-fest in the summer of 2006. Well, the photo fakers and their dupes in the media are baaaack. And the blogosphere's all over them. LGF's Charles Johnson and Brian Ledbetter have the rundown on the digitally enhanced... Read More
Koran as stage prop!
It's baaaaack. Loyal readers will recall the summer of jihadi propaganda and the blogosphere backlash against MSM fauxtography in 2006 and beyond. Slublog's Passion of the Toys spotlighted the uncanny Middle Eastern photo stringers' penchant for finding pristine stuffed animals and dolls amid the rubble of war. LGF and others caught numerous examples of magically-appearing... Read More
Doubting Thomas, part II.
Update: Kathryn Lopez has more details about the chronology and reports that NRO is "taking a look at the Smith archive and will give you a full assessment in the coming days because we owe that to our readers." Good. *** Ugh. This is bad on many levels. W. Thomas Smith, Jr., a former Marine... Read More
Bull-ets.
2006 was the Year of Cloned Smoke, Green Helmet Guy, Flat Fatima, and Pieta Man. 2007 has brought us the ascendancy of Islamic Rage Boy and now...Magic Bullet Lady: Caption: AFP/Yahoo!News Caption: Tuesday August 14, 2007: An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid... Read More
Adobe gets in on the act to help prevent another Adnan Hajj-gate. Of course, all the best software in the world won't solve propaganda problems like this one. But every bit counts. *** Allah is reminded of the V-chip and other technological band-aid non-solutions. Yep, he's got a point.
Busted--at LGF, of course.
Paging Kathleen Carroll My blogging has been lighter than usual the past few weeks due to family time, Fox News duties, holiday chaos, holiday illness--and, yes, planning for a trip to Iraq. As you know, ex-CNN newsman Eason Jordan extended an invitation to me three weeks ago to go to Iraq to investigate the Associated... Read More
***12/29 update: see below...a message from the US Army captain/milblogger in Iraq who posted the photo...and corroborating photos...*** TPM Muckraker has some questions about the Lonely Kerry photo posted by Scott Hennen and linked by Power Line, me, and others. Justin Rood writes: I've e-mailed Scott Hennen for a response. One more question: Can anyone... Read More
***Update 805pm: reax from readers posted below *** You all remember the ambulances in Qana that were supposedly targeted by Israel last summer. And you all remember Zombietime's thorough, devastating analysis arguing that the alleged attacks probably never happened. Last week, Human Rights Watch released a report purporting to debunk the debunkers. To its credit,... Read More
Yahoo! News is currently featuring a slideshow of Reuters pictures of the year. The gallery of 208 images includes everything from a guy submerged in tomatoes, to soccer shots, celebrity cheesecake, more celebrity cheesecake, more sports shots, the Chavez-Castro lovefest, the lady speared with a javelin, Mel Gibson's mugshot, more celebrity cheesecake, and, oh, did... Read More
Merriam-Webster announced theirs over the weekend. Here are your nominations. Readers sent in a few entries coined in previous years, but they've held their currency, so they made the cut:
Merriam-Webster announced its word of the year. Stephen Colbert triumphed in the dictionary website's online poll: The finalists: 2. google 3. decider 4. war
The Associated Press controversy over its six burning Sunnis story is not just about AP. It's a burning credibility crisis that stretches from Pallywood to the Fauxtography scandal and beyond. Milblogger Greyhawk takes on the Times' Ed Wong and his reporting in Hurriya. Greyhawk zeroes in on this paragraph: Apparently a separate incident from the... Read More
***update: video - Jules Crittenden on Fox*** The controversy over the Associated Press' coverage of the alleged burning of six burning Sunnis in Hurriya, Iraq last month continues--even if most of the media refuses to confront it. This morning, the New York Times' Tom Zeller--one of the few on the case--follows up his blog coverage... Read More
***scroll for updates...NYTimes blogger Tom Zeller Jr weighs in...plus: bloggers note the significance of the capture of Mazer Al-Jubouri, aka the Baghdad Sniper, and his group...103pm Eastern...Curt has posted the AP's non-response response...802pm Eastern update on the source list...see below...*** I've been following up with CENTCOM on the Associated Press/sketchy sources brouhaha. Just heard this... Read More
What a waste of time and space Michael Kinsley's latest piece of superficial snark is: Social networking sites such as MySpace (for which Rupert Murdoch paid $580 million last year) are vast celebrations of solipsism. "My interests are music, girls, sports, clothes, cars and oo did i forget to mention girls," writes Lex, a featured... Read More
***4:30pm Eastern update: when it rains, it pours...here's a third must-read from milblogger John Noonan raising questions about AP stringer Bassem Mroue...more from Lorie Byrd on media malpractice...*** ***8:58pm Eastern update: more questions for the AP...see Allah and See-Dubya: "Who is Qais al-Bashir?"...more here...still no word from AP in response to my query this morning...***... Read More
Judith Weiss reports on an episode of CSI that seems to have been inspired by the Lebanon Fauxtography scandal. Looks like someone in Hollywood's been paying attention.
Flashback: US News ,Time magazine, and the smelly fire Charles Johnson reports on a damning new twist in the ongoing Middle East fauxtography scandal: You’re not going to believe this one. All our suspicions about mainstream media slanting and distorting the news from the Middle East are confirmed in a bombshell of a post by... Read More
Bad news for exposers of fauxtography: Looks like the French TV station has won (hat tip: Ellen). More to come. Richard Landes reports: Stay tuned for more coverage from Nidra Poller at Pajamas Media. *** Previous: French fauxtography
Richard Landes reports on the al Durah fake fauxto trial in France for TNR. The truth matters. *** Previous: The father of all fauxtography When pictures lie Fauxtography archives at LGF
What is it with Reuters cameramen? Via Arutz Sheva: I'd like to see Reuters post the video on its site. Wouldn't you? *** Update: Allah's got another suggestion... *** Previous:
Two interesting items for you: Not what it appeared to be Tyler Hicks, photographer of the fake Lebanese Pieta, explains himself in a short piece at PDN and posted at the Lightstalkers website (hat tip - Solomonia): My caption, as filed to The New York Times, was verbatim as follows: “TYRE, LEBANON. WEDNESDAY, JULY 26,... Read More
Hah. Somewhat related: William Beutler looks at other political fauxtoshop jobs. Barely related, but just have to link: The People's Cube and Allah.
Posting was light today because I've been trapped in travel hell. Been hustling back and forth across the Chicago airport for the last three and a half hours waiting for "tornado" conditions to pass. Just venting. Speaking of "Vent," there's lots of good stuff over at Hot Air: Kathleen of Rightwingsparkle gets Kinky. Bill Clinton... Read More
It's spin time. The Associated (With Terrorists) Press is now waging a p.r. campaign against what it calls the "so-called blogosphere" over detained photographer Bilal Hussein. After five months of stonewalling, the "so-called reporters" at AP finally reported what this blog reported on April 12--that Hussein had indeed been captured by the US military in... Read More
The above phrase in Arabic is "lan astaslem." It means "I will not surrender/I will not submit." (Thanks to Rusty, Laura, and Daveed for translation help.) This is the last line of my 9/11 column and it's my 9/11 anniversary message to the convert-or-die jihadists. And yes, I've got t-shirts in the works as a... Read More
Readers, you know of my strong views and work debunking the "myth of the lone Muslim avenger;" reporting on the rash of "lone" Muslim shooters who have murdered Americans; and combating P.C. whitewashing of jihad. Most recently, I've extensively covered the Jeep Jihadi Mohammed Taheri-Azar in North Carolina and Seattle's Jew-hating killer Naveed Haq. But... Read More
Remember the anti-war "hunger strike?" You know, the one that allows you to consume sherbet-loaded Jamba Juice, ice cream, and coffee? Well, Smash reports another staple of the moonbat deprivation plan: Beer! Wonder if Katie Couric has been "fasting" on the Cindy Sheehan plan, too?
Bloggers take a closer look at the alleged Israeli strike on a Reuters news van from last week: See Power Line, Snapped Shot, and Hot Air. Update: Hot Air affiliate David Lunde applies some Adnan Hajjian Photoshop work to the Reuters roof... *** Related: Allah looks closely, very closely, at that NYTimes cheesecake shot. Greg... Read More
***update - results: The NYTimes issues a correction to its pieta online photo caption: "A picture caption with an audio slide show on July 27 about an Israeli attack on a building in Tyre, Lebanon, imprecisely described the situation in the picture. The man pictured, who had been seen in previous images appearing to assist... Read More
***scroll for updates...8/9 - The New York Times corrects...*** Case study number one: The NYTimes and the Lebanese pieta Take a close look at the above photo. (Pay close attention to his shorts, his dustless chest, muscular torso, the dust on his hands, and the hat tucked in the crook of his arm.) You've probably... Read More
Here's a relevant flashback to Feb. 2004. Scene of an anguished Palestinian woman: Now look at the photo from a different angle: Hat tip: Honest reporting Now check out "The Passion of the Toys." More here. Allah detects another bogus photo. Big hat tip to Charles Johnson for the perfect new term: "Fauxtography."
***update: Reuters has photo fraud detection software...guess they forgot to turn it on...in related news: Ace of Spades revealed...*** I had about 30 seconds to talk about the Reuterization of war journalism on O'Reilly last night, which is just the way it is on cable TV. Thankfully, there are no time limits or topic constraints... Read More
***update 12:12pm Eastern...Rush Limbaugh right now: "Reuters ought to be investigated. They should investigate themselves...The second doctored photo is a 'doozy'...Once again, as in the Dan Rather case, it was the blogosphere that brought this to light...It's devastating, folks...this is the tip of the iceberg, not just Reuters..."*** ***update: Rush audio here and CNN vid... Read More
(Photoshop credit: HA affiliate David Lunde) I think Reuters should adopt the above image as its new logo. The little icon on the right is, as any recreational Adobe Photoshopper will tell you, the clone stamp tool. It's what was used to digitally alter the smoke billows in Adnan Hajj's infamous photo killed over the... Read More
***scroll for updates...keep sending your finds and i'll keep adding to this post (which I'll send to Reuters' global picture editor tomorrow for comment)...second Hajj Photoshop unmasked below involving Israeli F-16...will Reuters address the second photo? Contact info here...1120pm Eastern: another catch from Power Line...Beth at MyVWRC has a caption question...*** Thanks to reader THX... Read More
The images of the day, thanks to the indefatigable Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs--arch-nemesis of the truth distorters at al-Reuters: Reutered: Corrected version: Reuters' "correction," reported by Ynet.news, leaves some unanswered questions. Who altered the photo: the photographer or an editor? The photographer has been suspended pending an investigation. They better be combing his... Read More
***scroll for updates...a reminder about Reuters' news-gathering policy from the Reuters website: "Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services. When we get something wrong, our policy is to be honest about errors and... Read More
Item Number One: Yahoo!/Reuters caption: Lebanese Islamists tear a Swiss flag in front of the Danish consulate in Beirut February 5, 2006. Angry demonstrators set the Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze on Sunday and the violent turn in protests over publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad drew condemnation from European capitals and moderate Muslims. REUTERS/Adnan... Read More
What's wrong with this picture? (Click on it to expand.) Thomas Lifson points out the obvious. (Hat tip: Lucianne.) More from Jeff Taylor and FR. Looks like the Times wants to secure its position as 2006 Idiotarian of the Year early. *** The only thing that would have made this staged news better: A canoe.
It just doesn't end. Barcepundit has the scoop: Barcepundit notes that the ABC News story has been pulled from its website--without explanation.
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