January 9, 2009

AP/Getty Overlays Bush Picture Into One of Gaza Wreckage

GazaDestructionWithBushPic0109.jpgCorrection (Feb. 10, 2009): Corrected from original reporting attributing AP and Getty with the photo editing. In fact it was ABCNews.com, not AP or Getty Images that overlaid the Bush photo on the Gaza rubble photo. AP and Getty Images supplied the respective photos. 

Thanks to the folks at Stinky-Journalism-dot-org for pointing out the error — But no thanks for the failing to make the point that this is egregious media image manipulation nonetheless. Hence, no link.

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I guess, since flat-out fauxtography as practiced in 2006 in the Middle East has become so difficult, and has been shown as likely to be detected, that the press has decided to go with “creative” image placement to do the dirty work that must be done to create sympathy for Hamas and antipathy towards President Bush and the United States.

For “some reason,” the editors of the AP/Getty photo on the right placed President Bush’s image at its bottom right. ABC, in a report by Miguel Marquez and Simon McGregor-Wood that appears to have run on World News tonight, chose to use it.

The wreckage in the photo purports to be “the destroyed house of Hamas leader of Nizar Rayan following an Israeli air strike the day before in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip” (given the state of reporting out of the region, one never knows for sure).

There is no good reason for Mr. Bush’s picture to be included, since:

  • He had nothing to do with the attack.
  • The United States had nothing to do with the attack.
  • Both he and the United States, as far as I know, have not anything specific to indicate that they were particularly supportive of this specific attack.

There are, however, really bad reasons for the photo placement or those who don’t read the accompanying article:

  • It associates Bush with the Gaza attack, perhaps even leading some to believe that he ordered it or was at least specifically supportive of it.
  • The caption under the picture makes it appear as if Bush is dismissive of attacks such as these, and that his statement about a “one-way ceasefire” is uninformed.

It’s enough to make you wonder how much influence the world press’s Arab-state paymasters still have.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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