Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Another case of misrepresentation?

Here is a picture posted by Reuters today with the following caption:

"Israeli soldiers sing and dance as they prepare to enter the Gaza Strip at the Rafah border crossing area on the Israeli-Gaza border June 28, 2006. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (ISRAEL)"

Three questions:

1) Is this caption accurate? I.e. Was this photo really taken of soldiers celebrating their return to Gaza?

2) Guess which newspaper/news agencies will probably post this picture in their online/print editions today and tomorrow?

3) What is your reaction to such a picture?

Here are my thoughts:

1) Whether the caption is accurate or not - I can easily see this picture being labeled with a different more deceptive caption. For example, "Israeli soldiers fire into the air after Israel's destruction of Gaza's only power station throwing millions of innocent Palestinians into darkness".

2) Perhaps a certain newspaper that was recently rebuked by the president of the US for leaking a certain story?

3) I think this picture is dangerous whether I can justify it or not.

Your thoughts?


At 10:14 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

Israeli security officials said the body of Asheri, 18, was found buried near the West Bank city of Ramallah early Thursday. The Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza said they had executed Asheri. (AP)


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