Author Archives: Pesach Benson

If This is Syria’s Best Fauxtography, Assad is Doomed

Egad. As if Bashar Assad doesn’t have enough P.R. headaches right now. Sana, Syria’s state-run news service, published this bizarre handout fauxtograph of Assad swearing in the new governor of Hama. Sana has a high resolution image (via The Atlantic Wire) you can check out more closely. Washington Post photo editors commented that Assad’s right

The Guardian Politicizes Mideast Peas

Food for thought: Falafel, those deep-fried chick peas served up with pita, tehina, and veggies at restaurants across the Mideast is not an Israeli creation. So why is The Guardian‘s Harriet Sherwood starting a food fight when McDonalds in Israel decided to drop “McFalafel” from its menu? Falafel is thought to have originated in Egypt, although Israel now

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Fauxtography’s Alive and Well, Part 2

Since blogging Martin Bell’s take on UK fauxtography last week, the issue has popped up in the US too. Two recent examples: First, we have CBS is being raked over the coals — deservedly so — for digitally altering footage of July 4th fireworks in Boston. The show’s producer, a Boston area businessman insisted to the Boston Globe that

Facebook, AP, and the Seeds of Another Zionist Media Conspiracy Rumor

A few days ago, I didn’t give this AP lead sentence a second thought: Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe . . . But someone clearly did. Check out this AP clarification: In a story July 8, The Associated Press reported that Israel’s

This Is Non-Violence?

Although the air flotilla bills itself as non-violent, AP reports otherwise: Others who managed to get through Israeli border controls traveled to the West Bank where some joined a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier. Associated Press Television footage showed some foreign activists, along with Palestinians, cutting through the barrier’s barbed wire fence with clippers. Another protester

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