Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Reuters Commits Four Types Of Fraud

Reuters Commits Four Types Of Fraud

The recent discovery that the Reuters news agency released a digitally manipulated photograph as an authentic image of the bombing in Beirut has drawn attention to the important topic of bias in the media.

But lost in the frenzy over one particular image is an even more devastating fact: that over the last week Reuters has been caught red-handed in an astonishing variety of journalistic frauds in the photo coverage of the war in Lebanon. This page serves as an overview of the various types of hoaxes, lies and other deceptions perpetrated by Reuters in recent days, since the details of the scandal are getting overwhelmed by a torrent of shallow mainstream media coverage that can easily confuse or mislead the viewer.

Almost all of the investigative work has been done by cutting-edge blogs, but the proliferation of expos├ęs might overwhelm the casual Web-surfer, who might be getting the various related scandals mixed up. In this essay I hope to straighten it all out.

It's important to understand that there is not just a single fraudulent Reuters photograph, nor even only one kind of fraudulent photograph. There are in fact dozens of photographs whose authenticity has been questioned, and they fall into four distinct categories. 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 set-ups as if they were naturally occurring.

4. Giving false or misleading captions to otherwise real photos that were taken at a different time or place.

All of these forms of fraud have the same intent: to serve as propaganda for Hezbollah, and to make the Israeli attacks look as brutal as possible. And, taken together, they raise a very serious question: Can any of the coverage by the entrenched media be trusted?

The ever-growing scandal now involves other news services as well; at the bottom of this page are numerous examples of bias and fraud by other agencies, including Associated Press, The New York Times, and others.

Let's examine each type of fraud, with the photographic evidence itself:



Blogger nanc said...

donal - o.t. - daniel pipes has an article on seattle jihad syndrome today at fpm.

4:48 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, I saw it, thanks!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous z said...

this reuters thing is unbelievable...Tucker Carlson was on about the old Lebanese woman who apparently has TWO homes which were demolished in the bombings because they printed her picture at two week intervals..the same clothing, the same grief, the same scar on her face.

I don't see how we stand a chance with so many leftist organizations of previous good standing convincing so many to their viewpoints.

4:43 PM  

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