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Reuters’ Questionable Editing Practices
One thing accomplished by the rise of Internet-based political commentary is the dramatic and sudden increase in feet/fire proximity for wire services: Those happy few companies which fetch the news, and bottle it at the source. Where some journos are content to sit by and wait for someone angry to phone in a nasty secret about his boss, wire stringers go out to where the news is happening and write down what they see. Small and medium-sized papers print these stories. Larger ones rewrite them and add spice. But just five or ten years ago, almost no one could see what was coming in on AP, Reuters, Scripps, UPI, and the rest. Almost no one could see the news behind the news. Now, anyone can. Which is why folks are now asking questions like the ones Power Line is asking:
What else has been faked? What else has been manipulated? Who are the people hired by Western news agencies to report from Lebanon? What are their backgrounds? It’s time to look even more carefully at Qana.These were prompted by an admission—a quiet one which will appear in very few newspaper in which the original, doctored, photograph ran—that one of its photos from Beirut was deliberately doctored with Photoshop. The cameraman credited with that photo? The very one who purportedly snapped the shots at Qana now being used to condemn Israel.
The pressure now brought to bear on companies like Reuters is incredibly important, since sometime between World War II and now, these wire companies have decided 1) that it is important to hire stringers friendly with the enemy, and 2) that even that is not enough to jazz up wire reports; plenty of computer ‘correction’ can be made to photographs before it becomes a misrepresentation.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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