Wednesday, March 15, 2006
AP and Ha'aretz Caught Out
I was flipping through my recently saved collection of internet images, and I stopped at the above picture, and wondered for a moment why I'd saved it, and what the context was. I remembered that the masked bandits were supposed to be Jewish settlers.
I certainly did. Someone has enlarged, lightened and modified the image for comparison:
Did you notice the perfect symmetry?
A perfect fit.
As later comments on the page point out however, Code Pink can at least claim their image was merely a 'banner' on the website, and could even argue it was a bit of creative licence. AP on the other hand, who one would would hope are not entitled to any 'creative licence' in reporting the news, assigned this caption to the image:
Masked settlers standing next to a banner showing the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Sunday. (AP)Wrong.
Update: Welcome readers linking from a post over at the Jawa Report, where comments ask further questions, Pajamas Media, Israellycool and friends. Special greetings also, to one of Israel's foremost cartoonists who has left a comment below. I am flattered.
Update 2: An anonymous tipster advised Ace of Spades HQ:
While this picture was run on the left-wing (I'm told) Haaretz.com, with attribution to the AP, in fact an earlier AP photo (actually it looks like a picture used in a banner, with additional graphics) does not show the "second settler."This was an anonymous tip, no links are provided and even if true, it's difficult to say who's responsible. What indisputable however, is that 'someone' in the Mainstream Media, at Ha'aretz or AP has screwed up. Badly. Again. At this point, neither AP or Ha'aretz have commented or corrected and I post the above in the interests of updates, which the Blogsphere is pretty good at.
The photo may have been taken from AP, photoshopped by someone else, and then used by Haaretz (with the AP attribution) without Haaretz realizing it had been altered. They'd be guilty then of gross negligence (I mean, how obvious is it that that "second settler" is just a duplicate of the first?), not deliberate deception or distortion.
And it appears, at the moment at least, that AP didn't create the fake photo. Or, at least, their original photo shows no "second settler."
*Correction: A comment on the Indymedia page notes:
I resent most...this creatively licentious comment.[as above] I saved the image, as a matter of fact, because part of my brain suggested immediately that it was faked -- and I was hoping to work out what part of my brain that was. The alarm trigger was symmetry detection.I stand corrected.
the thing is... these guys (haaretz and the AP) are fellow infidels equally marked for destruction by the jihadis, and still they carry on the fight against their own culture, future, and society.
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