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August 08, 2006

That's Hezbollywood!: Actor Switches Roles From Concerned Rescuer To Angelic Victim!

MAJOR RETRACTION/CORRECTION: The man was identified as merely having fallen and being "hurt" in a caption running with this photo in DigitalJournalist magazine.

It appears the entirety of the story must be retracted. The assumption that the fallen man was playing a corpse is simply incorrect.

I apologize to Tyler Hicks and all readers for jumping the gun too early on this.

Original/edited post follows beyond the jump.

New Edit/Update: Rewritten to remove previous reservations. Upon checking the LARGER pics, it seems conclusive.

This is big. This is another monster body-blow to the MSM, particularly the NYT.

Definitely, definitely read Gateway Pundit's post. As someone just wrote, "The wheels are coming off the wagon now."

Read it and weep.


The same man -- same face, same build, same naked upper body, same hat, same shorts -- who begins the day as a rescuer picking through the rubble ends it as another victim among the wreckage.

Did he collapse from heat exhaustion? Or did the director here simply decided the production was long on rescuers and short on corpses?

And if he just collapsed from heat exhaustion-- how the hell did he end up so hopelessly tangled up in wires and rubble?

Not depicted: Four yards to the left, a three-legged kitten meweled, "We need an immediate ceasfire based on the principles announced yesterday by the Arab League."

Bonus: It's the New York Times, baby.

If Rummy tried to run a war on the cheap, as the media loves to quote itself sayin, is the media any less guilty of trying cover a war on the cheap? Using dubiously-credentialed, likely-biased local stringers to do most of its reporting and picture-taking, and then sending their stories and pictures out to the world as if they'd all been collected by Columbia School of Journalism graduates?

A lot of these guys seem to be hustlers. And the NYT, Reuters, et al. allowed themselves to be hustled. And then in turn hustled millions and millions of readers.

Thanks to Greerwynn.

And thanks... To commenters and yls who called bullshit on my earlier reservations, and who also pointed out I could click on the photos to see them enlarged, rather than staring at tiny slides.


Also thanks to Allah who tipped me this was more conclusive than I at first thought when I linked Gateway Pundit, with the simple word: Unbefuckinglievable.

When someone says "unbefuckinglievable," you take a closer look.

FoxNews Update: Apparently now they're showing more of my interview. Unfortunately. I have a feeling that if Gateway Pundit's catch breaks the way it looks like it will, you'll see a lot more of it (alas), because they have someone criticizing the MSM's reliance on foreign stringers already in the can.

Bigger Update: Apparently the photographer here is "Tyler Hicks."

Which is not the name of a local Lebanese stringer. (Though he may well be a stringer. Remember the American stringer killed in Iraq?)

I confess error in my assumption.

But while w3 scores a hit on me, he scores a worse hit on the New York Times.

If even American and British stringers hired by the Times are involved in conniving propaganda on behalf of Hezbollah-- that makes it even worse. Not better.

I assumed that this was due to what could be described as patriotism in local Lebanese stringers, plus differences in the Arab/Muslm media culture.

If it's simply the case that American or British stringers (or salaried photographers) are equally willing to assist Hezbollah in putting out utterly false propaganda to the world-- well, what then?

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