Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The media is the message

In our post Reuters needs a GPS, we highlighted Reuters fabrication of the fictitious city of "Arab East Jerusalem" for propaganda purposes. Reuters is also well-known for publishing photos that are doctored, staged, and dubiously void of content.

It is this last piece of journalistic malfeasance that is most often practiced by Reuters and egregious, i.e., employing photos that omit essential content, thereby advancing Reuters editors' own (biased) perspective while depriving its audience of the necessary information to draw considered conclusions on the conflict.

Note for example, how this series of photos appearing in a Reuters' story about recent violence perpetrated by Palestinians against Jewish worshippers in Jerusalem contains only images of, 1) an Israeli soldier firing tear gas, 2) an Israeli soldier aiming his rifle, 3) an Israeli soldier holding a Palestinian youngster in a headlock, and 4) Israeli police apparently whisking away a Palestinian described as being suspected of stabbing an Israeli soldier.

No photos of course, of Palestinians throwing rocks (or the wheelbarrow loaded with those rocks); no photos of Palestinian violence directed at Jewish worshippers on the Temple Mount; and no photos of the Israeli policeman stabbed in the neck by the Palestinian pictured.

Yet another illustration of the one-sided match always on the tube at the Reuters Middle East network.


  1. Remember the photo of the Israeli policeman with a grimace on his face holding a billy club over a youth with a bloody head wearing a white shirt. The press captioned it as a "Palestinian youth". Actually it was an American yeshivah student that the policeman had just rescued from an Arab mob. The various liars in the press refused to change the caption even when the young man identified himself and stated what happened.

  2. Yes, recalling that episode, we were going to write, "an Israeli soldier holding a (presumably) Palestinian youngster in a headlock", above. For Reuters, accuracy is not an issue if the photo conveys the agency's message.