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Fauxtography’s Alive and Well, Part 2

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

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You to Know About Writing Letters to the Editor (Part 2)

Sign your name. Your real name.  And include your contact info (more on that point to come). Published letters are on the record, so they carry more weight. When you write a letter, you are the newspaper’s source of info and/or commentary. So papers make a point of verifying letters to the editor before publishing

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Fauxtography’s Alive and Well

Fauxtography’s alive and well in the UK.  Recently, the BBC was ordered to issue an on-air apology when it failed to authenticate footage from a Bangalore sweat shop in one edition of Panorama. Following that and Johann Hari’s apology for taking liberties with certain quotes, one commentary lays out on how easy it is for journalists —

The Guardian: Still Spinning the Flotilla

The flotilla movement never made it a secret that its second convoy was a political stunt to embarrass Israel. Pretentions of delivering humanitarian aid were always secondary. And yet The Guardian implies otherwise: Although some vowed to continue with their quest, no new date has been set for departure of the flotilla, which was supposed

Dutch Internet Activism’s Rising Tide Against Flotilla

A big dank je wel to Holland’s blundering flotilla movement and the intrepid Internet activists who exposed shady leftist-Islamic alliances. Israel now rides an unexpected wave of Dutch public support. Yochanan Visser explains: Many articles — often with Dutch Internet media taking the lead — exposed alliances between Dutch far leftists and local Islamists who, together with

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