Intermarkets' Privacy Policy
Support


Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!





Recent Entries
« Hollywood Among World's Biggest Polluters | Main | Iran & Syria Plan To Overthrow Lebanese Government? »
November 14, 2006

Huge: Time Magazine Deliberately Distorted Lebanon Reportage To Bash Israel

This is pretty big. Remember this photo?

stb200607a_d17_0392-Comp.jpg

It appeared on Time magazine's cover, illustrating the wanton destruction Israel was wreaking on Lebanon. And, supposedly, the wreckage of an Israeli jet shot down in noble defense of the oppressed Lebanese.

In the Lightstalkers forum, where pro photographers post, the photographer who snapped the picture explains what it depicted -- and how Time refused to accurately represent what it depicted.

Snapped Shot seems to be the first to find the photog's explanation. Here's what he says:

This caption [delivered with the photos to Time] clearly says that there is no proof that an Israeli jet had been shot down and that the objective was indeed to destroy a legitimate military target.

...A week later TIME published this image shot at the same time as the first:
They choose to caption it this way (I had NO control in this matter), they HAD my original caption: “The wreckage of a downed Israeli jet that was targeting Hizballah trucks billows smoke behind a Hizballah gunman in Kfar Chima, near Beirut. Jet fuel set the surrounding area ablaze.”

Is that bad? It gets worse. Allah notes the photographer explained the situation more thoroughly in a subsequent caption/report:

Kfar Chima, near Beirut, July 17, 2006 The Israeli Air Force bombed a group of Hezbollah chartered trucks parked on the back of large Lebanese Army barracks, at least one of these trucks contained a medium range ground to ground missile launcher, at least one missile was hit, misfiring high into the sky before falling down and starting a huge fire in the barracks’ parking lot.

That makes three representations thusfar by Time:

1) Hezbollah did not score a huge victory by shooting down an IAF jet.

2) The target was clearly legitimate.

3) Not only was this a legitimate Hezbollah target, it was parked on a Lebanese Army base, demonstrating cooperation between the Lebanese Government -- depicted as an innocent and abused third-party to this conflict by the media.

Is that bad? It gets even worse.

LGF notes Time refused to run a different picture which showed a Hezbollah rocket launcher disguised as a "civilian truck" parked at a Lebanese army base.

In the photographer's own words-- describing a photo Time wasn't interested in:

This is a very important piece of evidence showing probable collusion between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army, there is little doubt that the Lebanese Army was aware of the presence of at least one missile launcher and at least one large missile on their parking lot. The size of the launcher, destroyed a couple of days later from the ground by an unknown party suggest missiles 10 to 14 meters long.

They didn't just have the photographer's word on this -- they had the photographic proof! And yet they refused to run the picture at all!

And re-wrote the photo caption -- the man-at-the-scene report by the photographer -- to triply propagandize for Hezbollah and Lebanon, knowing their caption was 100% false.

If heads don't roll over this, I don't know what to say. This is the sort of thing that should be a crime, punishable by imprisonment, except for the fact that any such law could be so easily abused to restrict press freedom.

Still: No, we can't make this illegal. But damnit, we ought to be as outraged as if a serious felony were committed.

LGF notes this isn't the work of some local stringer who might be (perhaps understandably) biased in favor of the Lebanese.

No, it was Time magazine's own photo editors who did this.

Names, please.

The Actual Accusation: You can read the photographer's story at Lightstalkers.


digg this
posted by Ace at 03:51 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
CrotchetyOldJarhead: "Bwe-nose deos Mo-Rons. 'Sup? ..."

MrScribbler: "[i]Hence, the hardest of the Ten Commandments for ..."

Grampa Jimbo: "Hence, the hardest of the Ten Commandments for a L ..."

MrScribbler: "[i]The dems have created a monster, and the smarte ..."

Grampa Jimbo: "Congrats GMB, you devil. ..."

Lizabth: "Re: Rauner vs Quinn. I don't doubt that Rahm and m ..."

GMB: "An empty victory but a victory none the less. :( n ..."

GMB: ":evil: ..."

GMB: "Might as well practice. :evil: ..."

GMB: "Who is more likely of starting a war before tfg le ..."

GMB: "All your ONT are belong to ME!!!! :P ..."

GMB: "The gub'mint sponsored militias in Venezuela are n ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64