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Huge faked photos scandal

August 8th, 2006 . by Matt

While I had just posted on the fake North Korean propaganda photo, it seems at the same time that news services (in particular Reuters) have been publishing fake pictures of Israeli attacks on Lebanon. This scandal promises to be absolutely huge.

This cartoon on Michele Malkins site gets right to the meat of the problem.

lebanon cartoon

I thought that Israel had some fairly powerful lobby groups, so I am surprised they are putting up with this kind of propaganda. Perhaps we will see some heads roll soon.


8 Responses to “Huge faked photos scandal”

  1. comment number 1 by: usinkorea

    Oil

    I haven’t been paying attention to the news, but from what little I hear, it would suprise me if we are hearing the same kind of “war for oil” talk we get any time the US gets involved with an oil producing nation in the area.

    What I mean is: where is all the talk about France, Germany, and the rest of Europe going against the US because it wants to befriend the oil-rich lobby in the UN?

  2. comment number 2 by: empraptor

    I’ve heard Israeli lobby groups and media watchdogs are pretty strong in the US, but is it so also in England?

    So, usinkorea, you’re suggesting the Israeli invasion is a proxy war between US and Europe for oil? Or that it’s not?

  3. comment number 3 by: usinkorea

    No.

    I am saying that the American (and world) media —- could write a bunch of articles about the oil connection – like they do every time the US gets involved in that region besides with Israel.

    If the US has something going on with Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, anything in that region, you know you are going to hear the media explore the idea the US cares about X or Y or Z because it wants cheap oil.

    All I am saying is if I followed the normal media habit when it comes to covering US foriegn policy motives, I could easily write articles about how France, others in Europe, and elsewhere are backing the Arab League by being the champion of Lebannon in the UN, because they want the Arab Leaguels oil.

    But, the oil motive angle is not found today, that I know of, in regard to why France wants to take the heat off Hezbollah.

  4. comment number 4 by: empraptor

    K. What’s France’s motive in your opinion?

    All I can think of is the large Lebanese population.

    That and the cliched reason about oil. I suppose you’d have to assume Israel is destroying infrastructure that helps get oil to Europe. But I dunno if Lebanon is part of oil route to Europe.

    I don’t see what the big deal is about fighting for oil. If we fight and promote wars in Middle East for our access to oil then at least we’re acting on a good economic motivation.

  5. comment number 5 by: usinkorea

    If I were to write a news analysis article about this, the idea would not be about the infrastructure. It would be about the influence of the Arab League in the UN and elsewhere and the effort of France would be one of aligning itself with them to find favor with them.

    And my point is about the media, not what France or the US or Israel or anybody is doing except the press.

    Why isn’t the press questioning France and Europe’s motives in this?

  6. comment number 6 by: empraptor

    Searched for “lebanon oil route”.

    Got the following blog entry…

    The Arabist: The war on Lebanon and the battle for oil

    which quotes from this article…

    Center for Research on Globalization: The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil

    I’m sure there are more, will probably take a peek later.

  7. comment number 7 by: usinkorea

    I would search simply for lebanon, israel, oil and maybe throw in EU, France, Germany and Russia

  8. comment number 8 by: usinkorea

    And a better place to search would be Google’s news search section.
    I did a search just for Lebannon, Israel, Oil, between 1 July – 12 Aug.
    Give it a shot and see if you can find a lot of articles talking about France, Germany, and/or the EU standing up firm against Israel based on their connections to the Arab League oil producing nations….