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I thought WE controlled the media!

Posted on 2006.08.08 at 10:22
Current Mood: worriedworried
Current Music: Junior Byles - Cutting Razor
This kind of thing makes me feel like I should be wearing my tinfoil hat, but there really have been some real attempts, successful ones, to manipulate the media in favor of Hezbollah and against Israel. I know that this is turning into a whole Israel blog, and there may be a bit more of this, but that is what is on my mind lately.

This story about the Reuters photographer photoshopping pictures to make Beirut look worse than it is (not that it isn’t really bad) is pretty well known, but there is also the matter of Hezbollah posing disaster photos, and the fact that Lebanese Prime Minister, who accused Israel of massacring 40 people (and later revised that downward to 1) is the one who is rejecting a UN cease fire plan.

Sheesh. I just don’t know what the answer is at this point.
I am supposed to go tonight to a talk by our Congressman, and the Israeli Consul here, so maybe I can get some answers there.


suzermagoozer at 2006-08-08 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
manipulating the media is WARFARE.
improved technology makes it cheaper and easier.
general apathy does too...nobody cares to consider the source really.

also, have you noticed that the US media seems to be doing a more thorough job explaining this war as opposed to...oh...THE IRAQ WAR?

especially in the early days of the israel/hezbollah thing...the reporters were giving detailed history and explaining things in context. and now they report daily and talk about the issues in more depth than i feel they EVER did with iraq.

i suppose the iraq war has shamed many news outlets. but why don't they step up and show that they learned something?
lilchiva at 2006-08-08 17:21 (UTC) (Link)
Who's this We you're talking about??

The whole HB Media control deal:

On the one hand it's even worse in that there are reports that if you're a reporter in Lebanon you can only shoot film at approved sites. On the other there is the fact that this has become a fairly common feature (including the touch ups) of nearly all war correspondence and therefore it is somewhat BAU to have these things around.

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