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Still believe in the Media? Here's your eye-opener.
« on: June 19, 2009, 01:49:06 PM »
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  • The BBC has again been caught engaging in mass public deception by using photographs of pro-Ahmadinejad rallies in Iran and claiming they represent anti-government protests in favor of Hossein Mousavi.

    An image used by the L.A. Times on the front page of its website Tuesday showed Iranian President Ahmadinejad waving to a crowd of supporters at a public event.

    In a story covering the election protests yesterday, the BBC News website used a closer shot of the same scene, but with Ahmadinejad cut out of the frame. The caption under the photograph read, 'Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi again defied a ban on protests'.

    The BBC photograph is clearly a similar shot of the same pro-Ahmadinejad rally featured in the L.A. Times image, yet the caption erroneously claims it represents anti-Ahmadinejad protesters.

    See the screenshots below (click to enlarge).

    "Well I guess it sure was a popular fictional rally for Mousavi, because I later noticed while browsing the news sites a familiar picture on the BBC's lead Iran story - it shows the same crowd, zoomed in to cut out Ahmadinejad," a reader told the WhatReallyHappened website. "It is clearly the same protest as in the background are the same tree and odd circular building. However, the BBC managed to outdo the LA times in quality reporting - their actual comment under the photo from the huge PRO-Ahmadinejad rally reads 'Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi again defied a ban on protests' - a blatant lie and deliberately misleading description of what is actually occurring in Iran!"

    As soon as the truth about the misrepresented images surfaced on the WhatReallyHappened website yesterday, the BBC changed the photo caption on their original article.

    This is not the first time the BBC has been caught red-handed using crude image and video framing techniques for the purposes of political propaganda.

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    During the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, the BBC and other mainstream news outlets broadcast closely framed footage of the "mass uprising" during which Iraqis, aided by U.S. troops, toppled the Saddam Hussein statue in Fardus Square.

    The closely framed footage was used to imply that hundreds or thousands of Iraqis were involved in a Berlin Wall-style "historic" liberation, yet when wide angle shots were later published on the Internet, footage that was never broadcast on live television, the reality of the "mass uprising" became clear. The crowd around the statue was sparse and consisted mostly of U.S. troops and journalists. The BBC later had to admit that only "dozens" of Iraqis had participated in toppling the statue. The entire scene was a manufactured farce yet the propaganda technique of blocking wide-angle shots from being broadcast convinced the world that the event represented a triumphant and historic mass popular uprising on behalf of the Iraqi people.

    Whatever your views on the legitimacy of Ahmadinejad and the accuracy of the Iranian election results, the fact that the Anglo-American establishment and its media organs are exploiting and fanning the flames of chaos in Iran to provoke further instability is unquestionable.

    Indeed, the U.S. State Department, which routinely demonizes the Internet as a tool of extremists and terrorists when it is used to criticize U.S. foreign policy, took the unprecedented step today of requesting that Twitter.com "delay planned maintenance work so that Iranian protesters can continue to use it to post images and reports of unrest," according to a London Times report.
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    Still believe in the Media? Here's your eye-opener.
    « Reply #1 on: June 19, 2009, 06:48:30 PM »
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  • It is truly frightening to think of how many of our friends and neighbors are involved in doctoring news, doing special effects on footage, filming and staging fake events.  

    I remember being shocked when my ex-girlfriend's ( pre-Catholic-life ) roommate got a job editing a fairly popular TV show.  She did it all alone, for little pay, in her room, on a personal computer.  For making a TV show you always imagine rows and banks of computers and technicians everywhere.  Not anymore.  This swill is made on the cheap by people JUST LIKE YOU.  ( I should also mention this roommate used to literally hang out at a Jewish temple in Los Angeles because she wanted to marry a Jew ).

    This is not to mention those who just lie and lie and lie in their so-called "news" stories.  How many times is it now that "Al Qaida No. 2" has been killed in a bombing foray?  I guess that isn't technically a lie since when one No. 2 is killed another one must pop up.  But how do you know who's "No. 2"?  Are you sure that the No. 2 you blew to smithereens with a guided missile wasn't really "No. 46"?  They try to make you think life is a video game, first you kill the "mini-boss," and then go after the "Level Boss."  

    I believe that the similarity of the names Obama and Osama are no coincidence.  I also believe the similar looks of Sarah Palin and Tina Fey, who impersonated her on Saturday Night Live, are not a coincidence.  I think the devil is having a cryptic laugh at our gullibility and seeing how much we will take.  It is kind of funny to see teachers demanding rights from "Governor Schwarzenegger," as if they were living among the sane.    
    As I was a new convert when posting here, my posts are often full of error, even unwitting heresy and rash judgment, all of which I renounce, and all my writings are best avoided -- MDLS


     

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