8.09.2006

My Apologies!!! News... or is it?

Oh, ya'll, I'se so so sorry! The dawg ate mah homework! (Not OUR K9 pup, but the
vicious cyber cur thas' loose in blogworld) Doan know how, but sompin' got mah most recent post on: News...or is it?

Mega apologies ter DTDev, Q, Boneman and K9....ya'll had fine comments which is now floating in some cyberspace black hole...dang!!!

Boneman, I'd made a long response ter ya fine thoughts---eeek! Any chance ya can repost what ya said, honey? ANd you too K9? THe rest of ya, I think ya may have had some response--and I knows I cain't expect all ya'll to remember what ya said....I is jes' so dern sorry.

The topic of course was the faked photos--the 920 ditched fauxtographs and the new reality of bloggers as watch dogs on media fraud. The purpose of faked photos is to create alternate history, push agendas, but not to report actual history--we's being snookered. (see clip below)

But as seems ter happen frequently, the subject morphed and we's yakkin' bout religion. (Thas' OK iffin' thas' what ya'll has on ya mind)

So....iffin' ya'll will forgive me fer incompetence, I'd be so obliged. Thanky sugars..thanky.



* * * * * clip on faked war photos* * * * *

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5254838.stm

Reuters drops Beirut photographer
The news agency Reuters has withdrawn from sale 920 pictures taken by a photographer after finding he had doctored two images taken in Lebanon.

Bloggers first spotted that smoke on Adnan Hajj's image of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beirut appeared to have been made darker.

A Reuters investigation confirmed this and also found two flares had been added to an image of an Israeli jet.

Mr Hajj told the BBC he denied doctoring the content of the images.

He said had tried to clean dust off the first image, a shot of buildings in a suburb of Beirut, on which Reuters found smoke plumes had been darkened and expanded using computer software.

"It was so badly done - an amateur could have done better," Bob Bodman, picture editor at the Daily Telegraph newspaper, told the BBC.

Mr Hajj, a freelance photographer working for Reuters, denied altering the second photograph, an image of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh in southern Lebanon.

"There's no problem with it, not at all," he said in a BBC interview.

'Lapse'

Paul Holmes, editor of political and general news at Reuters, told the BBC that senior photographers at the agency "weren't convinced" that cleaning dust off the first image would result in the manipulation the image showed.

He said there had been a "lapse in our editing process", but stressed that Reuters had moved swiftly to address the issue and tighten editing procedures.


THE EDITORS' BLOG
All of us need to know how these pictures are obtained and used
Steve Herrmann,
BBC News website editor
Global picture editor Tom Szlukovenyi said all of Adnan Hajj's images had been removed from the company's database.

He described it as a precautionary measure, but said the manipulation undermined trust in Mr Hajj's entire body of work.

"There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image," Mr Szlukovenyi said in a statement.

Questions were raised about the accuracy of the image on Sunday in several weblogs - personal online diaries by writers known as "bloggers" - including ones which scrutinise media coverage of the Middle East for bias.

Mr Holmes said Reuters welcomed the growth of weblogs, which had made the media "much more accountable and more transparent".

19 comments:

doc-t said...

Altering pics to show a false reality... What world do these people live in?!

I'm curious, I see the differences in the two pictures of the beirut bombing, but I can't see what the doctored one was supposed to show.

Can you tell me?

Aunty Belle said...

Doc-t. hiidy do. Well, the analysts guess that the idea is that the faux-tographer was trying ter make the
situation look worse than it is.

Worse now, however are all them fakes of people supposed ter be dead who show up in photos in same clothes two days later on another stretcher, or even reversed roles as a stretcher bearer....then there is the photo of a Hez-bowl-ah gunamn wif' weapon pointed toward the a burning "neighborhood" --that turns out to be the city dump where garbage is being burned.

Heah is the thang, Doc---folks make decisions on info they git from "trusted" sources....we's being palyed like a fiddle--nevermind by Hez-bowl-ah, but by our own news hounds.

velvet acid tongue said...

that has to be the worse photo doctoring i've ever seen!

i think its a safe bet that networks/news agencies have been manipulating the news we see for sometime now - just this perhaps is the first time it seems so transparent?

makes me wanna go with my intial gut feeling that anything i hear/read on tv/news is basically a contrived reality that the power brokers of society want me to see. sorta like that movie the matrix.

outrageous, really.

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

abuse of clone stamp! one artist making a poor decision can compromise the integrity of a name brand news org like reuters.

but the comment i made the first time around was about the religious debate that broke out over here:

is it not still possible, to question the actions of an individual, without it being a dig on the entire 5 zillion people he represents by virtue of birth? and without having to be an apologist for whatever it is that you happen to be?

looking at the photos: it really doesnt change the content much at all...smoke rising up from bombings...the photo increases the darkness of the smoke but that could have been an aesthetic choice as well as an effort to make things look worse.

either way, im sure it happens often. and, even well done photoshops are easy to spot when you blow them up and look at the pixels so....that would be the first order of biz for a publisher...'cept now there is a manic race to get it out fast....so.....wider margin for error.

/grrrrrrrrrrrr

Aunty Belle said...

Hey Velvey, I'se thinkin' youse right--hate ter think it, but seems ter be as ya noted.

Pup--now other photos showin' folks shown "dead" is alive a few days after and helpin' "resuce" others....and yore point on criticizin' an individual iant he same as dissin' the entire group--uh huh, but some folks havin' trouble wif this concept.

Ya saw the responses at Percival's? He is unable to grasp any distincion between a group of people an' an ideology--Islam as practiced by millions is an ideology of world conquest--ideology that infects millions --as did communism, irrespective of of ethnicity, and of birth etc....

Dawg, whar's yore lady pup?

schaumi said...

I basically have to go with what velvet acid tongue has said. I've been suspicious of what I've read and seen on the media for a long time.

Mr Q said...

His actions sadden me. Is not different than stealing. It would be like people walking into my place and me telling them:
"See that beautiful painting on the wall?", "I made it". (Ben's gift. Just sad for the arts waht this guy did.

Aunty Belle said...

Yep Mr. Q, sugar, It is a form of theft. Dang-it, it DOES make a sad day fer art, fer journalism, fer the basic
human need ter communicate--

Hellpig said...

Did you expect anything less from these liberal rags they call news they are all America hating left wing hacks....AP,Reuters,NYT,LATIMES,WASH POST,SF CHRONICAL,CNN,MSNBC,CBS and for the idiot few who believe AL JAZEERA is a credible news source....

I wouldn't even line my birds cage with these propaganda news sources


NUKE DEARBORNISTAN

Aunty Belle said...

Sweet Shoat!! I'se partial to ya, honey...know that?

Yer right of course--but youse oh-so-"bigoted". Yer is bigoted cause' ya wants ter live a wee mite more and raise yer babies, mebbe take a grandboy fishin' some day...ya bigoted old boar-- fer wantin' ter keep ya daughters outa burkas and able ter go ter school...what we gonna do wif' ya Hail-pig??

Hellpig said...

Bigot,racist,homophobe,islamophobe,these are Liberal words and from the fantasy world of Political Correctness...I live in the real world,and say it like it is I don't sugarcoat the TRUTH or worry about offending some muslims, or anyone else screw them...this is my damn country not thiers....build a mosque in my community and it will burn to the ground............There comes a time when Americans must stand up and take back thier country,whether it be from the 25 million illegal aliens or the Islamofacists that have rooted themselves into American society,it will fester within the next 20 years.I choose to lance the boils on America's soil TODAY

Aunty Belle said...
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Anonymous said...

Don't know this Pig.Understand
his anger though.

Take a note libs:

Not bigoted to state facts.
Even if the fact makes others seethe. Muslims allowed the radical wing of Islam to dominate. Iran as prime example. Lebanese allowed Hez to dominate. Saudi Arabia tolerates Wahabi hotheads. If it were only a "few extremistis" then the rest
of the Muslim world would welcome
liberation. Where they do not
they cooperate with radicalism. Stating this is truth not bigotry.

Americans who seek to deflect radical Islam by hugging it
as a long lost brother are engaged in consensual hallucination.

AAU

islamophobia inspector said...

I regret to inform you that this weblog and some of its commentators such as hellp** have been reported as potentially Islamophobic. Under EU Directive DCLXVI it is compulsory for all contributors to take the following Islamophia test immediately:

YOU MAY BE AN ISLAMOPHOBE IF...

(1) You refer to the midwinter holiday as 'Christmas'.

(2) You save loose change in a p***y-bank.

(3) You allow your children to read unexpurgated versions of Winnie the Poo.

(4) You doubt whether it's politically correct to stone rape victims.

(5) You believe that the earth is round.

(6) You think there's something weird about a 50 year old man marrying a six year old girl.

(7) Your children have Barbie dolls or Teddy Bears

(8) You object to being a second class citizen in your own country.

(9) You fail to celebrate cultural diversity when your daughter is gang-raped for not wearing a headscarf.

(10) You think government policy should be determined by your elected representatives rather than a howling mob.

(11) You object to your taxes being used to support people who are plotting to kill you.

(12) You aren't convinced that 'Jihad' means 'Inner Spiritual Struggle'.

(13) You don't understand why the Jews must be exterminated.

(14) You allow your children to play with LEGO.

(15) You aren't married to at least one of your cousins.

(16) You sometimes have doubts about BBC reporting.

(17) You occasionally wonder what's inside those walking tents.

(18) You realise that taqiyya is not a Mexican beverage.

(19) You believe moderate Muslims ride unicorns.

(20) You don't appreciate the multicultural need for Methodist grandmothers to be body-cavity searched before boarding aircraft.

(21) You claim to understand the words "Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them", even though you don't speak Arabic.

(22) You object to taxpayers' money being spent for terrorists to hold a festival to commemorate the anniversary of their massacres.

(23) You have reservations about 'faith schools' where the kids will be taught that you and your family are najis (excrement), at public expense.

(24) You don't understand why flying your country's flag has become a hate-crime.

(25) You don't appreciate why it is so insensitive and offensive for the police to prevent oppressed minorities venting their frustration by mass murder.


EVALUATING YOUR SCORE
How many of the questions did you answer 'YES' ?

On a scale of 0 to 25

0 you are a Dhimmi
1 to 5 you are a Najis Kaffir
6 to 10 you are an Islamophobe
11 to 15 you are a Thought Criminal
16 to 20 you are an Enemy of Allah
21 to 25 you are a Zionist Crusader offspring of pigs and monkeys.

Fatwas are automatically awarded for all scores above 5

Fatwas will been posted in plain brown paper envelopes in a choice of laminated or embossed styles, generously sprinkled with ricin, anthrax, sarin or cobalt-60.

Hellpig said...

Let the crusades begin,3 bombs is all it will take 1 low level nuke to flatten Dearbornistan to prevent any uprisings,then 1 high yield nuke to Tehran,Then the mother of all bombs on Mecca! Crusades over...Peace be upon you..in HELL

BTW I scored 25/25 "Imagine That"

Aunty Belle said...

Sweet Shoat--baby doll, youse knowin' Aunty is wif near bout all the way on the idiocy of PC speak. But chile' I cain' go wif mosque burnin'---but I is in favor of restrictin' what they do/preach/teach in them mosques, though.

Aw, now, ya'll, doan holler at Aunty Belle 'bout religious freedom--seeing as we ain't gonna allow religious freedom of human sacrifice or religious use of slaves--so, shur we does restrict some thangs hidin' under the name of "religion" and we oughta monitor every single mosque meetin in this nation.

Howdy-do Islamaphobia Inspector--I is still laughin'-sorta. Funny, but too close to the bone fer a real belly laugh--and Aunty can report she is a full 25 points.

Folks, stay tuned. I'm gonna git a post up soon on difference in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, plus books on Isalm fer handy refernces. The Contessa Vanille requested it over at the KP yard a few posts back an' I been meanin' ter git to it.

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

i admire your tenacity aunty. and great to see helly and ii here, but i gave up about 5 days ago. not one more minute of time will i spend writing what should be crystal clear to everyone by now.

you really think anybody thats slinging around bigot and islamaphobe at you (and me and helly makes 3 plus ii too, WTF are we to do?) is gonna read those damn books?

im gone to the country for good. real real soon.

/grrrrrrrrr

Aunty Belle said...

Dawg, Pup, I does notice how nobody wants ter mention the new terrorist attacks--avoidance mode on steroids--as it invalidates they most cherished notions of how the world is.

Pup it ain't nuthin but garden variety fear on the parts o' those who's hurling meanness at ya'--they is fearful that they world is coming apart an' it is easier for them to hate you than the real enemy. So they blame you, me, conservatives, CHristians, republicans--ANYbody excpet thereal enemy.

This is cause they cannot get a handle on this enemy--he doan play by no rules that libs understand--so they is like the dimwit granny in A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND--she thinks that iffin' she jes' speaks sweet to the Misfit, he's a' gonna not shoot her. She forgits he done jes' shot her son, and grandchilllen---as if.

Sorry Pup, wish't I had somethin' more upliftin' ter say, but I think Americans who won't deal wif reality is buying a scimitar fer us all.

Can ya' save Aunty Belle a place up in yore neck o' the woods?

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