Rusty Shackleford discovers “Another fake Reuters photo from Lebanon.” Rusty writes that “What is a passed as a photo showing an Israeli bombing raid against a ‘village’ is actually of an F-16 taking defensive measures.” And reader Robert Opalecky writes:
I don’t know if this has been brought to anyone’s attention yet, but in a quick search of the authenticated Reuters photographs attributed to Adnan Hajj, I found the following two.
One is from July 24 of a bombed out area in Beirut, with a clearly identifiable building in a prominent part of the shot. The second is of the exact same area, same buildings, same condition, with a woman walking past “a building flattened during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut’s suburbs August 5, 2006.”
Below is the Hajj photo dated July 24:
The Reuters caption reads: “Journalists are shown by a Hizbollah guerrilla group the damage caused by Israeli attacks on a Hizbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, July 24 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)”
Below is the Hajj photo dated August 5:
The Reuters caption reads: “A Lebanese woman looks at the sky as she walks past a building flattened during an overnight Israeli air raid on Beirut’s suburbs August 5, 2006. (Adnan Hajj/Reuters)”
JOHN adds: Another example of the same phenomenon–not an identical photo, but two photos of the same woman, obviously taken at more or less the same time but published two weeks apart–in each case with a caption saying that she had lost her house to an Israeli bomb the night before! It’s on Drinking From Home. It is now obvious that this is a major scandal, and that Reuters has allowed itself to be used as a vehicle for publishing the crudest forms of Hezbollah propaganda.