Fox News is reporting that Reuters has printed two different versions of a photo showing a flotilla terrorist (known as a “peace activist” in some circles): one photo with a knife in the hand of the “peace activist,” and another with the knife cropped out. The photo with the knife was published in a Turkish newspaper. They are also accused of hiding the soldier’s (or a soldier’s) blood by cropping it out of a photo.
According to Fox News’ Trace Gallagher, Reuters is known for attempting to tarnish Israel and especially the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
In 2006 Reuters admitted altering a photo of Beirut after an IAF attack to make it look as if more damage was caused than actually was. Reuters later admitted that ‘photo editing software was improperly used on the image” and it suspended the photographer.
This time, Reuters said it was an accident. No word on any consequences for the “accident.” Here’s some conversation going on in the blogosphere:
The blood of a wounded Israel soldier also was omitted from the two
“That’s a very interesting way to crop the photo,” the blogger wrote.
“Most people would consider that knife an important part of the
context. There was a huge controversy over whether the activists were
armed. Cropping out a knife, in a picture showing a soldier who’s
apparently been stabbed, seems like a very odd editorial decision.”
Reuters said it is standard operating procedure to crop photos at the
margins, and replaced the cropped images with the original ones after
it was brought to the agency’s attention.
Just one more bit of evidence that blogs may be the most accurate place for news if you are willing to read and sift the chaff. If you desperately want Israel to look monstrous, as does Reuters, then cropping the evidence that belies that, is certainly the thing to do.
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