Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reuters Crops Terrorist Knife in Flotilla Photo: Reuters Hides IDF Soldiers Blood

Fox News is reporting that Reuters has printed two different versions of a photo showing a flotilla terrorist (known as a "peace activist" in some circles): one photo with a knife in the hand of the "peace activist," and another with the knife cropped out. The photo with the knife was published in a Turkish newspaper. They are also accused of hiding the soldier's (or a soldier's) blood by cropping it out of a photo.

Reuters Photo with Knife (lower right corner)
Reuters Cropped Photo Sans Knife

According to Fox News' Trace Gallagher, Reuters is known for attempting to tarnish Israel and especially the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
In 2006 Reuters admitted altering a photo of Beirut after an IAF attack to make it look as if more damage was caused than actually was. Reuters later admitted that 'photo editing software was improperly used on the image" and it suspended the photographer.
This time, Reuters said it was an accident. No word on any consequences for the "accident." Here's some conversation going on in the blogosphere:
The blood of a wounded Israel soldier also was omitted from the two photographs...
"That’s a very interesting way to crop the photo," the blogger wrote. "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."
Reuters said it is standard operating procedure to crop photos at the margins, and replaced the cropped images with the original ones after it was brought to the agency's attention.

Just one more bit of evidence that blogs may be the most accurate place for news if you are willing to read and sift the chaff. If you desperately want Israel to look monstrous, as does Reuters, then cropping the evidence that belies that, is certainly the thing to do.

Related and Background:
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Young Jewish Man Carries Israeli Flag in LA Muslim Street Protest (Video)

Gaza Flotilla Terror Choir: We Con the World (Video)

Furkan Dogan American Dead on Gaza Flotilla

Hamas Flotilla Aid Refused

Gaza Flotilla - al Qaeda Members Aboard

Susan Rice, American UN Ambassador Skips Terror Flotilla Discussions at UN

Flotilla War Atmosphere before Israel Boarded - Martyrdom or Gaza Shores

The Angst of Supporting Israel
Who and What are Palestinians?
Rupert Murdock: U.S., European Survival Without Israel

Without Support, What Happens to Israel?
Golda Meir: War and Wisdom
About that Two-State Solution
How the Gaza Tunnels into Egypt Work
Discovering Kryptonite, Disabling Superman
United Nations Condemns Hamas - Gotcha!
United Nations Seal Condemnation of Israel

In a class of its own:
Gaza Flotilla Terror Choir: We Con the World Video

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