Sunday, August 13, 2006


If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. (Mark Twain)

"I have been working in lebanon since all this started, and seeing the behavior of many of the lebanese wire service photographers has been a bit unsettling. While hajj has garnered a lot of attention for his doctoring of images digitally, whether guilty or not, i have been witness to the daily practice of directed shots, one case where a group of wire photogs were choreographing the unearthing of bodies, directing emergency workers here and there, asking them to position bodies just so, even remove bodies that have already been put in graves so that they can photograph them in peoples arms. These photographers have come away with powerful shots, that required no manipulation digitally, but instead, manipulation on a human level, and this itself is a bigger ethical problem.".

Freelance Bryan Denton, in a forum dedicated to professional photography (via Hot Air), tells the truth about Hezbollywood. Denton's words, who worked also for New York Times, confirm that "human editing" of pictures used by western mainstream media are not isolated cases, but standard practises used to dramatize the impact of Israeli offensive on civilian population in Lebanon. Little Green Footballs goes deeper. Hot Air adds pictures.

Round-Up: Ace of Spades HQ, Riehl World View, My Vast Rigth Wing Conspiracy, Hyscience, Blue Crab Boulevard, Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, Confederate Yankee, The Jawa Report, Old War Dogs, Liberty and Justice, USS Neverdock, The Volokh Conspiracy, Israel Matzav, The Asylum, TownHall Blog, Democracy Project, Florida Cracker, Blog-o-Fascists, Flopping Aces, Chris At Home, Wizbang, The Irate Nation, The Moderate Voice, Winds of Change, StikNstein.

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