I don’t probably don’t blame Reuters as much as a lot of others do. People have a very strong tendency to hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest. Reuters got caught and is apparently taking the appropriate action.
Someone from the culture in a war zone is going to find it much easier to get pictures and stories that a less biased outsider would be. But then they are going to have their own biases, because of their culture, in that war. If the people at Reuters biases tend to align with the incoming pictures and stories it would be easy to look at pictures and stories less critically as those that did not.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think we should look the other way when it happens. Just don’t try and arrange a lynching because of it. A light flogging should be sufficient.
Here’s the story for those that haven’t been reading the big name bloggers:
- little green footballs
- Reuters Pulls Phony Photo
- The Propaganda Portfolio of Adnan Hajj
- Worst Excuse of the Decade
- Green Helmet Guy Rides Again
- Doctored Beirut Photo: the First Draft
- The Reuters Clone Tool Scandal
- Counterterrorism Blog: Another Pro-Hizballah Reuters Reporter
- Another Fraudulent Adnan Hajj Photo
- The First Casualty
- Michelle Malkin
- DRINKING FROM HOME
- The Jawa Report
- Reuters Doctoring Beirut Photos (Updated)
- Reuters Suspends Photog, 2nd Employee Suspended for Death Threat
- What Adnan Hajj Really Photographed
- Another Fake Reuters Photo from Lebanon
- Reuters Fires Photographer
- Ace of Spades HQ