Reuters emulating Big Brother to alter history

Charles Johnson is masterful when it comes to exposing media fraud, whether it was Rathergate in 2004, or Reutersgate in 2006 (when Reuters messed with photos of the Israeli/Hezbollah War).  Proving that he wasn’t just lucky back then, but in fact has a genuine knack, Charles has done it again, this time exposing Reutersgate II, with that disgraceful propaganda service excising terrorist weapons and erasing Israeli blood from photographs it published about the terrorist flotilla attack against Israel.

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    It’s not without reason it’s called Al Reuters.


    And now for a nice news items.

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Emek Hospital saves a Palestinian boy from Jenin

    Emek Hospital saves a Palestinian boy from Jenin
    Foreign Ministry 6 June 2010 [IMRA: The item is written in the first person – apparently by a doctor at the hospital]
    “My son and I are not the same as we were before this happened and I will share this with my family and friends.”
    On Thursday, June 3, 2010, 15 year old Muhammed Kalalwe was working in his family’s fields. They live in Jenin, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank, bordering Israel’s Jezreel Valley and the city of Afula. The boy noticed a deadly viper snake and tried killing it with a rock, but the dangerous creature struck out and bit his right palm. Screams and panic ensued and within minutes, the boy’s father, Hafed, grabbed his stricken son and rushed him to the Jenin Hospital. They were ill-prepared to treat the boy, had no anti-serum and decided to send him by ambulance to the Emek Medical Center in Afula. Hafed later related that he was genuinely afraid to be taken to Emek because he was sure that they would be ignored and not even spoken to. His son’s palm and arm were critically swollen and the pain was unbearable.
    The humanitarian reality of Emek shocked both the father and son as they were immediately greeted in Arabic, rushed into the ER where Emek’s multi-ethnic staff administered life-saving anti-serum and brought the boy back from the brink of death. Muhammed lay for the next two days in the pediatric intensive care unit and is now resting comfortably in Emek’s pediatric surgical department from where he will be released in the next couple of days.
    I asked the father how he felt now about Emek Hospital and the Israelis he has come into contact with. Staring me straight in the eyes he said, “Our people do not know the truth about you and our medicine has a long way to go. My son and I are not the same as we were before this happened and I will share this with my family and friends. May Allah bless all of you.” As he spoke, he gesticulated determinedly in a classic Middle Eastern style and when we shook hands as I wished them both well, the grip was firm and real. I have shaken many such hands and gazed into many Palestinian eyes that had seen here a reality that they never expected to see.
    While walking back to my office, I passed one of my best friends – the Head of our Emergency Services, Dr. Azziz Daroushe who is a Muslim from the nearby Israeli village of Iksal. I asked him what he thought about this latest case where we were able to save another life from Jenin. With a twinkle in his eye and a knowing grin he answered, “It’s a good thing there are snakes.” * * *

  • Earl

    Would that there were MORE snakes……!
    Compare this to the Reuters photo-cropping, and you know exactly why the Palestinians hate the Jews….they’ve been taught to….but people who are determined to hide the truth for their own purposes.

  • Mike Devx

    I’d call the Reuters alterations a photo-crop, not a Photo-shop.  They removed significant information from the edge – in both cases – prior to publishing the photos.  Of course, it was intentional.
    Here’s a similar case, in the English language, in the Washington Post.  You must always read a liberal author with a VERY skeptical eye.  Much like, when listening to an Obama speech, you MUST remain alert, and parse the deceptively spoken words as they slip into your brain, or you’ll end up believing his Orwell-speech as the false-but-true-sounding, carefully chosen phrases settle into your brain (in fairness to Book, I’m trying NOT to call it deceitful lawyer-speak and deliberate obfuscation of the truth, anymore).
    Reading this author is an ezercise in analyzing what is NOT being said, concerning Turkey’s current government, and what their positions and goals are.

    Particularly compelling is the rare use of the words Islam or Muslim.  Search the article text!  You will find only these occurrences :
    1. That has prompted worried speculation at home and abroad: Is Turkey turning away from the West?  Turkey’s Islamic-oriented government says no.
    2. […]Iran, once feared for its potential to export Islamist radicalism
    3. The incident occurred as Turkey has been strengthening ties with Muslim governments in the region
    4. Its [Turkey’s] citizens are more connected to the world, including Muslim causes abroad.

    #s 2,3,4 concern OTHERS being Islamic or Muslim.  Only #1 indicates anything concerning Turkey itself, and it is careful to only say “Islamic-oriented”.  Well, this Erdogan government is wildly Islamic, pro-Islamic, Islamic in its very nature, deeply desires the full implementation of Sharia law, and has abandoned all pretense towards any secular values.  It is doing everything it can to make of Turkey an Islamic Theocracy.  Turkey was “Islamic-oriented” prior to this government.  It is wildly – you could say RABIDLY – and completely pro-Islamic now, from top to bottom, in every single possible way.

    Yet, for all the dissembling and deliberate omission of Islamic and Muslim throughout the entire article  you WILL find these paragraphs below!!!
    Below, just try substituting “Christian” in place of “religious” and your brain will explode, if you don’t simply laugh out loud at the unintentional satire.   But substitute “Islamic” in place of “religious” and the clarity becomes stunning, and the meaning much clearer.
    “The difference with this government is they have an ideological color,” she said.
    The country “was secular but in a forced way,” said Barkey, the Carnegie scholar. “The majority of the population was far more conservative, far more pious than the authorities.”
    Sumeyye Cakir, a 25-year-old housewife wearing a pink, flowered head scarf, said that years ago she would have been afraid to attend a demonstration like the one in the Caglayan neighborhood on Saturday, organized by a small religious party.

    Erdogan and his allies “have this affinity to Palestine,” Yinanc said. “And basically their concrete constituency is a religious constituency, which is usually anti-Israeli.”
    Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party has religious roots […]

    … some players without hampering its ties to others,” […] Historically, Israel and Turkey were close, sharing military aid and a suspicion of Arab countries. But with Turkey improving ties with its neighbors, it no longer needs Israel’s support, analysts said.
    [mike devx aside: and here I thought Israel was a neighbor to Turkey, though not sharing a common border.  But no.   “Neighbor” now means something else.  It’s obvious, but you still have to guess on your own: It actually means joining the Syria-Iran axis, and allying with Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Israel, both Islamic jihadist terrorist groups.]
    There is more going on, however, than just the Turkish government’s realignment in its neighborhood. […] And voters feel more empowered, particularly religious ones.
    Turkey’s leaders have dubbed their foreign policy “zero problems with neighbors.” The country has dramatically improved relations with such one-time rivals as Syria, which used to harbor Turkish Kurdish guerrillas, and Iran, once feared for its potential to export Islamist radicalism. […] Turkish and Brazilian diplomats sought to send some of Iran’s low-enriched uranium abroad for processing […]
    [mike devx aside: there are those pesky “neighbors” again!]
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become an increasingly outspoken critic of Israel. […]   Erdogan’s picture was hoisted in the streets of Gaza after he accused Israel of carrying out a “bloody massacre” in seizing the Turkish ship. […] “But now our government is more democratic,” she said, standing at the edge of the crowd waving Palestinian flags. Loudspeakers blared a song with the refrain “Intifada, intifada.”
    [mike devx aside: It’s clear from this paragraph that Israel is not a neighbor.  And that “zero problems with neighbors” means zero problems with Syria, Iran, and the jihadist terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas]
    —–  END —–
    So you have, in the cases of “Islamic”, “Muslim”, and “Neighbors”, the use of language as obfuscation, for the purposes of deceit.  Because better choices exist that CLARIFY, that don’t obscure.  This author’s choices deliberately obscure.

    Just remember, from here on out, that every time you read about Turkey, you are reading about the Erdogan government, which has now chosen to be genocidally hostile towards Israel and all Jews; which is rabidly pro-Islamic and pro-jihad, and pro-Islamic jihadist terrorist groups in particular; is an ally of Iran more so now than an ally to any other country.  Turkey’s attempts to hide the truth can stand no more.  Do not be deceived.  And don’t accept deliberate obfuscation and deception in your English language such as that practiced here by Mary Beth Sheridan, this Washington Post author.
    The article link is:


    Off the top, I admit I am not kosher.  I understand some of the dietary laws which start with: how an animal is slaughtered and the part about not eating blood and fat and not mixing meat and milk products and probably more laws if I pause long enough to think about them.
    But…what I was really thinking about is how to apply them to reporting, to photo journalism and how journalism has gone from a noble profession to serving a cold glass of milk with a bloody steak. Both quite enjoyable, just not together. How much easier it would be if at the top of any photo or article if there was a OU or K certification, so that one knew whether or not anything that went to print or cyber world had blood added or deleted from the story and how much ‘fat’ (bullshit) was part of the reporting.
    Yes, Mike Devx, they do mix milk and meat for print consumption. The former takes 4 hours for the stomach to digest and the latter 6-7 hours. It’s enough to give you a stomach ache or just leave you nauseous after consuming the read.

  • Bill Smith

    Well Done, Mike, and to you, Bookie, for attracting such people.

  • suek

    Mike…may I copy and paste your reply?  There’s a site where I think I might like to plant your analysis…
    Sadie…I think the religious practices concerning slaughter were probably the first efforts we know of to limit animal suffering.  It might not seem like it now, but if you have no bullets, requiring a sharp knife used by someone who knows how the job must be done is a relative kindness.
    I know that as a matter of faith, one should accept that some laws are made for moral behavior simply because they are the laws (Don’t eat the fruit of that tree, eg) but I think that most of them have some reason.  The reason may not be immediately evident because the effect may not be immediately apparent, but I think part of the wisdom and inspiration of the bible was the thoughtful observation and consideration of their world.  Some things we’ve come to understand in a different way but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have a consequence.
    Birth control is an example.  Sex outside of marriage was forbidden because children need parents.  Children outside of wedlock were/are a liability.  Today we have birth control pills.  Assuming 100% effectiveness, should  the prohibitions against sex outside of marriage still apply?  So…I look at society today.  Are we better off with our sexual freedom?  We even permit abortions.  Are our children better off because all of them are “wanted”?  My answer is no…but I couldn’t tell you exactly why the sex outside of marriage seems to me to be a defining factor.  I think it _is_, but I’m not exactly sure why.

  • Mike Devx

    I suppose the reason I commented, is that when it comes to Al-Reuters cropping the photos, the question is… WHY did they do it?
    A. To deliberately conceal evidence that people aboard one of the ships were engaging in violence?  To enforce as much as possible the concept that this was a “Peace Flotilla”?
    B. An image of a knife and blood was considered gratuitous – violent and “upsetting” – and therefore too graphic.
    As to Ms. Sheridan’s Wash Post article, the same question arises.  WHY did she deliberately obfuscate the fact that the Turkish government and its primary supporters are all fervently Islamic, and seek to impose a theocracy upon the entire country? WHY did she substitute th vagueness implicit in the use of words like “pious” and “religious” and “religion”, and manage to almost completely avoid the fact that they’re Islamic?  Would she have been so hilariously circumspect were she speaking of a similarly rabid Christian government seeking to impose a strict Biblical Theocracy upon a country?  Of course not!
    Similarly you have to ask: WHY did she vaguely refer to Turkey’s new allies merely as “neighbors”?  Turkey has many other neighbors, but what’s clearly happening is that Turkey is linking itself into the Iran/Syria axis, with new-found fervent support for Iran and Syrian terrorist organization puppets Hamas and Hezbollah.  What of the legitimate but cowed official Lebanese government, or its Druze component?  What of Iraq?  What of the closest of Iraqi “neighbors”, the Kurds, whom Turkey must clearly detest?
    A. Has Ms. Sheridan simply been cowed into abject, servile dhimmitude by the violent jihadist Islamic zeitgeist that surrounds us all these days?  Is she simply afraid to refer to Islam by name?
    B. Does she see it as PC to refer to these things as religious or neighborhoodly, rather than name names?  Where it would be
    C. Is it multiculturalism simply run amok?  This is the impulse that leads one to describe people as “white” if they’re Western European or Russian – or of English derivative such as Australian – and as a “person of color” if they’re anything else.   Israeli Jews of course are hilariously grouped into the “white” characterization, primarily because some of them migrated from Europe; and uniquely among Middle Eastern countries, they’ve adopted many Western values; it’s quite convenient to make them “white” and then the Palestinians conveniently can be grouped in with other “persons of color”, thus making them immediately innocent victims of the evil “whites”.
    I’m sure there are other possible explanations as well…
    My favorite line of her entire article was in the explanation of the effects of the Turkish government:
    And voters feel more empowered, particularly religious ones.
    Oh yes, I’m certain myself that any Christians in Turkey are feeling amazingly empowered!  And their Kurds are feeling mighty empowered too.  How about your average Sikh?  Anyone there tried to open a Buddhist temple lately?  Is there a Mohammed out there recently become quite interested in Judaism, and wanting to start an after-school study group?  Go for it!  According to Mary Beth Sheridan, that new convert to Judaism is feeling mighty empowered these days!  So, Go For It, Young Man!
    Only the lonely – or is it lowly – nonreligious are feeling alone, left out of the big national party!