Club des Cordeliers

Jul 10

ABC News Knowingly Lied About Misidentified Gaza Photos

In light of a FAIR report characterizing the misidentification of Gaza photos on ABC News as “an embarrassing mistake” and a “reflection of a worldview,” I’m compelled to point out that it was nothing of the kind. It was, rather, a deliberate falsification.

On its July 8 news broadcast, ABC News mischaracterized a photograph of a Palestinian family devastated by an Israeli strike, as an Israeli family after an attack by Palestinian rockets:

As reported by Huffington Post

This was the picture in question. It was taken by the AP’s Khalil Hamra. The caption reads, “Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday.”

khalil hamra

In the July 8 broadcast, Diane Sawyer told viewers that the picture showed “An Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”

Note that the phrase “trying to salvage what they can” is lifted directly from the AP caption attached to the photo, which unambiguously identifies the victims as Palestinians.

Clearly, ABC’s newswriter read the caption, stole the evocative phrasing, and swapped in “Israeli family” for “Palestinians.”

This is no mere “mistake” reflecting unconscious political bias. It is a conscious attempt to deceive.

May 26

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May 25

Proposed legislation gives President unchecked authority to wage perpetual war. http://bit.ly/iADiAC

May 24

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May 23

Outstanding photomontage as video for Amal Murkus song La Ahada Yalam http://ow.ly/50omT #Palestine #BDS

May 22

Asia Times: Given unfavorable events, area 10s of 1000s of sq km could turn into nuclear wasteland http://ow.ly/1t50XK #Fukushima

May 21

Irony: Ron Rosenbaum, defender of Israel’s war crimes, trashes #BobDylan for playing in China http://ow.ly/1t3G4X

May 19

"Bombing peace conference of #Libya religious leaders shows how much #NATO is threatened by any chance of a ceasefire" http://bit.ly/k63mLd

May 14

RT @Antiwar2: Philadelphia MOVE Bombing Still Haunts Survivors http://n.pr/iRryWz #Move #nowar

May 13

RT @lockean: Whistleblowing’s D-Day is approaching and the troops are still fighting over the vehicle of delivery.