Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Faked photos.

Powerline points out that a photo of the aftermath of the airstrike in Pakistan was staged.

I suggest you follow the link, and, before reading the post, just look at the photo. Obviously posed- a young boy, slightly fair and western looking, in what looks like it may be his best cardigan, stands in one corner of the photo. Opposite him, an old man, beturbanned, white-bearded, tribal looking. Both have shocked expressions. Between them, poised on its base, a shell sits atop a crumbling wall. It's so obviously set up, it must have taken half and hour or so to get this appearance, with mother carefully dressing and grooming son for the camera, and old man arranging himself to look interesting- and of course finding a nice spot for that shell.

Of course that's not the ultimate problem, as Powerline make clear, but one can see how the game is being played- with the flair of a Hollywood studio, but not as explicitly anti-Bush or lacking in credibility.

Incidentally, does anyone know if this photo was on the BBC? I thought I recognised it from there, but since the authenticity of it crumbled I haven't been able to find it.

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