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August 06, 2006

Will Clone-Stamp For Food

Although I think My Pet Jawa was just speculating earlier in this article about additional forged photos, I think he nails one at the end. Jerks it out of the park.

You tell me: Has our good buddy Adnan Hajj added additional flares being fired by an Israeli F-16 while attempting to clean dust-marks under poor lighting conditions?

Look at the close-up of the missiles' contrails. What we seem to have here is yet another case of strangely repeating smoke-shapes, yes-yes?

I was pretty sure we'd find more like the now-notorious "Beirut Bombing" pic. You don't just decided to do this one day. Steven Glass didn't just fabricate one article; he'd fabricated twenty or more before he finally got caught.

I'm going to put a slight amount of credibility on the line and pronounce this alleged photograph, Snopes-like, Status: False, which should be immediately retracted by Reuters as well.

Perhaps Adnan Hajj just happened to have taken a pic in which smoke-shapes strangely repeated themselves multiple times in a pic.

But given what we now know: I'd say that's so doubtful as to be beneath serious consideration.

Hajj's work no longer deserves any benefit of the doubt. In a questionable case, ethics requires Reuters to "Picture Kill" the shot first and ask questions later.

Great Gif of the Fake Photo At Wuzzadem: Yes, by this point, we all know the damn thing was so phony it could mount an insurgent Senatorial campaign against Joe Lieberman.

But, just for the sake of thoroughness, I think this is just about the best animated gif displaying the various forged elements of the pic.

It looks like Allah's thing earlier about The Building That Wasn't There? It was there. Eat it, chump. No "Blog Hero" points to be awarded. He sent many of us on a futile easter-egg hunt for a rooftop that didn't exist. Or rather, it did exist, right in the picture, so there was no point looking for it elsewhere. He played us all for such fools.

Lesson: Always listen to Ace; Always ignore Allah.


Correction: I'm told those aren't missiles being fired, but flares.


Cloning People Now! Hey, the woman kind of looks different, but the blogger points to the same scar on her face and same mark under her eye.

In one report, she wails that her home in the Beirut suburbs has been destroyed.

In another report, she ululates that her home in southern Lebanon has been destroyed.

And the BBC featues her making both claims -- on the same page!

Another lesson I've learned:

Israel hates multiple-home owning Lebanese women.

Because the Jews can't stand anyone having more equity than they do.

Thanks to Pablo, although, really, I have to say I'm not convinced it's the same woman. Might be, but maybe not.

But eph it, as Doc Deb would say.

Another Great Gif Comparing The Original To the Doctored Pic: We will photo-check your ass.

Thanks to John From Wuzzadem.

CORRECTION To "Cloned People" Story: A commenter fact-checks me and tells me that the two stories are actually the same story. The woman's home in is in the same place in both, just described differently.

It is the same woman.

The media just chose to break and then "re-break" the story two weeks later, as they're wont to do with stories that hurt America or Israel.

So: I got nothing at all right about this story. I was skeptical it was the same woman; it was. I thought there were two houses in two locations; there was one house in one location.

Guess I gotta get my resume together for Reuters. Fingers crossed, baby!


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