Friday, November 27, 2009

"Latest News Pictures"

Our lead above is how Reuters identifies current news photos on its website.  Reuters is well-known for employing photographs as a propaganda tool and captions which are incongruous with the accompanying photo.  Here, Reuters features a photograph of children playing in Gaza with the caption:
Palestinian children play in front of houses, destroyed during the three-week offensive Israel launched last December, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha in the northern Gaza Strip November 27, 2009. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.
Note the non sequitur in the first sentence and the incongruity between the photo and the newsworthy subject of the caption which is the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.  The Gaza war took place nearly a year ago and is entirely unrelated to the topical portion of the caption.  Yet Reuters writers and editors deliberately conflate the two in an effort to sustain attention on the war and thus, advance their Palestinian advocacy agenda.

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