The photo fraud from Reuters has inspired bloggers to create a word to succinctly describe media manipulation of images: fauxtography. This word was likely coined by Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who broke the story of the “Reutered” photo in the first place.
Into this fray of photos comes blogger Zombie, that brave woman who visits more left-wing rallies and demonstrations than I could ever stomach. Zombie has written an excellent article listing the four categories of Reuters’ fraud. Not content to rest on her laurels, she proceeded to create a Pulitzer-worthy analysis of the damaged Lebanese ambulance so readily pounced on by the major media. She spends time examining and debunking each claim put forth by the media about this event. Here are those claims in a nutshell:
Claim #1: An Israeli missile pierced the exact center of the red cross on the roof of the ambulance.
Claim #2: The attack happened on July 23, 2006.
Claim #3: There was a huge explosion inside the ambulance.
Claim #4: There was an intense fire inside the ambulance.
Claim #5: A man lying on a gurney inside the ambulance had his leg sheared off by the missile.
Claim #6: You’re analyzing the wrong ambulance, you idiot.
Claim #7: The ambulance driver who reported the incident was injured in the attack.
Claim #8: The Lebanese ambulance drivers are politically neutral and would have no motivation to lie.
Read the whole thing with the photos and analysis. Zombie even takes the time to respond to rebuttals to her analyses. When was the last time you saw that on the nightly news? If you can’t be bothered to read her admittedly long article, you should at least spend ten minutes watching Michelle Malkin’s Hot Air episode, which reviews the terrorists’ use of ambulances.
Can we trust the media any more? These days it appears more and more that we cannot.