January 9, 2009

CNN Doubles Down; Reposts Withdrawn Video of Apparently Faked CPR Attempt on ‘Dead’ Palestinian Child

CNNvidIntroFrame0109.jpgThis post follows up on last night’s NewsBusters post (mirrored here at BizzyBlog; “They Never Learn: CNN Withdraws Apparently Faked Video of CPR Attempt on ‘Dead’ Palestinian Child”).

CNN has reposted a video it withdrew yesterday. That video purports to show the death and hasty burial of a cameraman’s 12 year-old younger brother, one of two children allegedly killed on the roof of their home in rocket fire from an Israeli drone.

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee, and several NB commenters yesterday all questioned the credibility of the video. Johnson, Owens, and Morrissey still believe it was staged.

Here are some excerpts from CNN’s explanation for re-posting the video, and why it believes it to be genuine (the video itself is here):

There’s no truth to accusations by bloggers that a Palestinian camera crew staged a video showing the death of the videographer’s brother after an Israeli rocket attack, said the team’s employer.

“It’s absolute nonsense,” Paul Martin, co-owner of World News and Features, said of accusations leveled by bloggers at videographer Ashraf Mashharawi.

“He’s a man of enormous integrity and would never get involved with any sort of manipulation of images, let alone when the person dying is his own brother,” Martin said. “I know the whole family. I know them very well. … [Mashharawi] is upset and angry that anyone would think of him having done anything like this. … This is ridiculous. He’s independent.”

Raafat Hamdouna, administrative director at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, said Friday that “Mahmoud Khalil Mashharawi, a 12-year-old, was brought to the hospital, and he was breathing, but he was hit in the head and all over his body by shrapnel. He died later in the hospital. He was treated by the Norwegian team. When he was brought in, he was breathing. The team did their best to save him. I am not really sure if they even tried to rush him to the surgery room, because he was badly hurt.”

….. In a brief conversation with CNN, Mashharawi said that doctors tried everything they could to save his brother and that he rejected suggestions that any of his work was inauthentic.

Before bloggers made their accusations, Mashharawi told CNN, “I believed at that moment if I didn’t record that nobody will believe what’s happened to my brother. Because it is unbelievable. Until now, I can’t believe what’s happened.”

Johnson at LGF isn’t impressed:

If they really had “little hope” the patient could be saved, they’d be going all out with CPR, which means very vigorous chest compression (it’s not unusual to break ribs if it’s done right), and ventilation to oxygenate the blood—not delicately touching the boy’s abdomen with the tips of their fingers as we see in that video.

Morrissey isn’t either:

It’s not only a fake, it’s an absurd fake.  It’s not even done well, and Gilbert’s dramatic headshake at the end of the supposed CPR — in which Doctor #2’s hands keep coming off the body — is only the cheesy coup de grace.  Why did CNN republish this?

….. Maybe Martin can explain how a missile hits a roof and kills two boys but does no more damage to the roof than what a pickaxe could do in five minutes — and how the furniture didn’t get disturbed.

Here’s a bit from Owens’s post:

CNN has also yet to explain what kind of Israeli drone could have fired the purported missile, and what kind of missile would cause the minimal damage shown on the rooftop where it is claimed these boys are killed.

Me? I’m just cynical enough to believe that CNN spent the past 24 hours making sure that there was no one on the inside in Gaza who could directly refute a claim that the video was legitimate.

Also, note the non-denial denial in the text accompanying the video:


The cameraman isn’t accused of “manipulating images.” He and others are accused of staging the video.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. You are disgusting, one day you will live to see someone you love die and and then maybe you will understand.

    Comment by Isabelle — January 10, 2009 @ 1:02 am

  2. #1, How constructive. Reveals far more about you than it does about me. BTW, I have.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 10, 2009 @ 9:12 am

  3. Israel should be allowed to finish this once and for all. There are no innocent civilians in GAZA. They overwhelmingly voted for a terrorist state, now they must realize that elections and actions have consequences. I do feel for the young children whose parents have willingly given them up to Hamas as military fodder for propaganda purposes. There are no innocents in the Islamic world, only terrorists and enablers. Let’s finish this once and for all and let civilized peoples walk free. Syrian and Iran should be next.

    Comment by Joe C. — January 10, 2009 @ 9:52 am

  4. Shouldn’t a staged video be categorized as fauxtography too? or maybe sham-ematography?

    Speaking of fauxtography, I’ve noticed they’re being a lot more careful (and slightly more creative) this time around. Stumbled on 2 pics of the same little girl last Monday. Put them up here, with links to the originals: http://didaktos.blogspot.com/2009/01/fauxtography.html

    Comment by m@t_w — January 10, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  5. #4, very good catch.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 10, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  6. Isabelle…grow up.

    Comment by Rose — January 10, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

  7. I have worked in an emergency room. I have done CPR. That video was totally faked. Chest compressions alone wouldn’t save the boy. And that doctor who was supposedly doing the compressions wasn’t even remotely doing it correct. His hands should have been on the boy’s chest, not his abdomen. And where was the ventilation? Either mouth-to-mouth or bag? And that doctor by the monitor? He didn’t do a damn thing except for stand there and look completely lost. Very FAKE video

    Comment by Iamarine — January 10, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

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  9. Even if this is a FAKE, then I can show you hundreds of pictures of little palestinian kids, with

    1. their GUTS hanging out
    2. decapitated heads
    3. burried under rubble

    And to Rose, the c*** who thinks isabelle needs to grow up. This is your problem. You have no APATHY. You can’t put yourself in another person’s shoes. The fact that you would say GROW UP, shows us how much of an evil cunt you really are.

    by the way, I’m Jewish. I lived in Israel. I know what right wing jews are like.

    They call the arabs subhuman ANIMALS. They don’t care who they kill.

    And the CPR is shallow, because the subject is a little kid. That’s for iamarine, who claims to have worked in an emergency room.

    He probably never had to give CPR to a 12 year old with shrapnel wounds from a missle.

    Everyone in here who is siding with Israel, needs to think about the 60 years of occupation that the Pals have been living through.

    ANd another thing FOX won’t show you, is the thousands of JEWISH marchers, in TEL AVIV.

    Yeah, that’s right. It’s also propganda to show PRO ISRAEL stories all day, and then ignore the other side.

    Rose..you need to not only GROW UP, but have a heart. ANd think about what isabelle said.


    Israel doesn’t need any of you morons to help. Israel has enough of their own rednecks(jewish settlers)

    Comment by johnhoffman — January 12, 2009 @ 3:22 am

  10. Oh and by the way.

    There were two brothers. The other one LOST A FOOT.

    If we put up pictures of that, I’m sure some right wing MORON BLOGGER, will try to call that fake.

    As far as the pictures I have of hundreds of other little kids with missing legs, arms and heads…I’m going to try and get them online.

    In the meanwhile, I will give them to anyone who requests them. email me at jbird820 AT yahoo.com

    Comment by johnhoffman — January 12, 2009 @ 3:25 am

  11. and visit http://forceddemocracy.com

    Pretty sure the writer is another jew that is against israel’s occupation!

    Comment by johnhoffman — January 12, 2009 @ 3:25 am

  12. #9-#10-#11, I cleaned up your act so your comment could post. Next time I won’t. Clean up your act on your own.

    By all means, if you have the photos, set up your own blog and show ‘em.

    Uh, I think you’re accusing Rose of having no SYMPATHY, not apathy. LOL. She has plenty of sympathy, just very little for people who would exploit children for propaganda points.

    Dozens of different people besides iamarine all over have labeled the CPR an obvious fake, because it IS an obvious fake.

    People who want to gain world sympathy for their cause don’t engage in this unless they have nothing else. You also forgot that Mats Gilbert, the doctor, is a known radical Marxist who thinks the 9/11 attacks were justified.

    I looked for “thousands of marchers in Tel Aviv.” I got this from a week ago:

    Maybe a hundred, accompanied by a description at the bottom right of “tens of thousands.” Totally. Pathetic.

    More recently, there this, with a reference to 2,000, and this, with a reference to 1,000. Not quite 10,000, eh? You can’t even tell the truth about something as simple as crowd size, but instead inflate to figures to inflate your self-importance.

    Leaning on Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul for support isn’t exactly credibility-enhancing, either.

    They call the arabs subhuman ANIMALS. They don’t care who they kill.

    I call BS. However, I don’t doubt for a minute that they call people who strap on bombs so they can kill Jews sub-human animals, because they are. Fortunately, there are fences that keep most of this from happening now.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 12, 2009 @ 6:27 am

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