Reuters admit making Israel look bad / ‘Star’ snivels some more
By Hartal MSM
Fox News anchor Trace Gallagher recalled:
“When I was in northern Israel covering the war between Israel and Hezbollah back in 2006, Reuters was accused of doctoring a number of photos that made the Israeli defence forces (IDF) look more aggressive. Reuters acknowledged and admitted, yes, those (word inaudible) photographs had been doctored; they fired the photographer, they fired the photo editor.”
(from video clip, ‘Media Outlet’s Anti-Israel Bias?’), ‘Reuters accused of purposely cropping knife [threatening Israeli] out of photo from flotilla incident.’
When contacted by the television station, Reuters issued a statement saying: “When we realized that a dagger was inadvertently cropped from the images, Reuters immediately moved the original set, as well.”
However, Reuters failed to attach the above correction to the relevant page in its website. See Hartal MSM’s pick-up of the breaking story in our earlier posting ‘Did Reuters crop Gaza flotilla photos to hide activists’ weapons?’ where we noticed that Reuters had closed the discussion thread after only one comment got through — from a reader challenging the insidious photo cropping.
Critics of Reuters claim the wire agency intentionally altered the story by removing the context. They also questioned the pacificism of the “so-called peace activists” as there was a controversy over whether the activists were armed and about the Turkish participants having a military background.
Another video released by IDF showed its soldiers being attacked. Ironically, Shane Dillon — the first mate of one of the flotilla ships Challenger One — had told the Sydney Morning Herald he saw Israeli commandos use “stun grenades, Tasers and high velocity paint ball guns” as they boarded another boat.
So … the much-feared elite Israeli commandos also carried paint ball guns?! Wow, that’s really being armed to the teeth and raring for mortal combat.
Gallagher commented: “Reuter reaches more than a billion people in a single day … and many times in the past, Reuters has been accused of being anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian.”
In the 2006 photo doctoring episode, the Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj was fired only after the news agency’s manipulation was exposed by bloggers and websites, and there was a huge public outcry internationally.
Meanwhile in our country, MSM has been thunderously silent – as only to be expected – on all these details, with the exception of the new alternative media Free Malaysia Today.
Nonetheless, they have been as shrill as banshees in their denunciation of Israel and the SNIVELING Star even managed to find some spine.
Helen Ang wrote over at CPI;
“On June 6, The Star devoted not one, not two but three! entire editorial voices to castigate Israel in no uncertain terms.
“Yes, in a single day, The Star employed courageous, strong language never marshalled before for all our own homegrown efforts like Bersih, Hindraf and ‘Justice for Teoh Beng Hock’ combined.”
True, The Star couldn’t even muster one Bersih rally photo but when it comes to Israel-bashing it ladled out THREE editorial. Whoaa, suddenly the Clark Kents jump into a phone booth and swoop out like Supermen with cape and kungfu fists flying.
Helen does two experiments with our buddy Wong Chun Wai’s article, and the Star editorials. To read her unravelling of Snivelling Star‘s hypocrisy, click here.