Monday, June 7, 2010

Reuters crops out knives from "peace activists"

Little Green Footballs

Another Cropped Reuters Photo Deletes Another Knife - And a Pool of Blood
One picture cropped to remove a knife might be explained as incompetence or a simple mistake. But now we have two pictures from the “peace activists” that were cropped by someone at Reuters to remove knives in the hands of the activists, as they attempted to take soldiers hostage. More...
Did Reuters Crop a Photo to Remove a Peace Activist's Weapon?
That’s a very interesting way to crop the photo. Most people would consider that knife an important part of the context. There was a huge controversy over whether the activists were armed. Cropping out a knife, in a picture showing a soldier who’s apparently been stabbed, seems like a very odd editorial decision. Unless someone was trying to hide it. More...


  1. to crop out a knife is about as stupid and propagandistic as calling this bunch of kitchen knives and tools an arms arsenal...

    So they both can learn from each other. Neither side is really credible...



    'Nothing Is More Beautiful Than Martyrdom'

    Israel-haters are making much of the fact that one of the Turkish "humanitarians" killed last week while attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Hamas was a U.S. citizen. This, however, was by accident of birth: Furkan Dogan was born in Troy, N.Y., but his parents were Turkish and he grew up in Turkey.

    "His brother, Mustafa, told the Turkish news media that he was 'clean-hearted with a happy face,' " the New York Times reported Friday. But a report from the Middle East Research Institute says he was far from the all-American boy the Israel-haters are making him out to be. Memri quotes Hussein Orish of IHH, the Turkish outfit that instigated the flotilla:

    "One of the martyrs was 19 years old. We've just found his last diary in his suitcase. The last lines he wrote before the attack were: 'Only a short time left before martyrdom. This is the most important stage of my life. Nothing is more beautiful than martyrdom, except for one's love for one's mother. But I don't know what is sweeter--my mother or martyrdom.' This was the last thing that the martyr Furkan wrote, and the last thing said by our brothers. . . ."

    "Clean-hearted" indeed!

    Anti-Canadian Rallies Across Israel--Now That Would Be News

    "Hundreds Protest at anti-Israeli Rallies Across Canada"--headline, CanWest News Service, June 5

    Great Moments in Editorial Writing

    "Israel's blockade of Gaza is crumbling," opines the Washington Post:

    But the solution is not as simple as simply ending the checks on sea and land traffic by Israel. What's needed is a new regime that addresses the legitimate needs of Palestinians in Gaza without further empowering Hamas and its patron, Iran.

    Eureka! It's that simple. If only someone had thought of this before.

    Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times editorial page offers these deep thoughts:

    It's a drumbeat on the right: The Obama administration is in deliberate denial about the existence of "Islamic terrorism." . . . There is some truth in this criticism. The administration has assiduously avoided terms that recognize the distinct threat posed by those who cite Islam as a rationalization for terror. . . .

    So what should the proper terminology be? How about "terrorism, carried out in the name of Islam"?

    Another problem solved. Now can we send a team of editorialists to the Gulf of Mexico to plug that damn hole?

  4. I think censoring and distorting the facts is scandalous, especially if it is done by an important news agency like Reuters. All their capital is credibility. If they distort facts and censor pictures, they will lose this major asset.

    Speaking about censorship: Are you not the great comment-censorer who takes down whatever does not please you? Are you not the one who crops comments to make them fit what you want to say?


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