Sunday, January 27, 2008

Palestinian drama queens

According to al-Reuters:
"Palestinian lawmakers attend a parliament session in candlelight during a power cut in Gaza January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem"

Via LGF, Newsbusters reports on the latest staged photojournalism intended to extol the pluck of the poor Palestinian terrorist government in the face of Israeli "oppression". The series of photos shows the Hamas parliament meeting by candelight, while curtains are drawn against glaring sunlight outside. From the Newsbusters link:
It appears that Hamas legislators have staged fake power outages to illustrate how oppressed they are for the benefit of journalists. The Journalists were treated to a photo op of the Hamas legislators sitting in their halls of power surrounded by burning candles in rooms with curtains drawn. The scene was set to show how they have had their power cut by the eeeevil Jews. Only problem is, midday sunlight can clearly be seen against the curtains. So, the candles were unnecessary. All they had to do was open the curtains and they would be able to see just fine. Obviously Reuters (and others) allowed Hamas to manipulate the facts. But that didn't seem to bother any of these so-called journalists who were quite happy to go along.
I disagree with Newsbusters that this indicates the power cut itself was fake, just that the event was staged to evoke sympathy for a pack of murdering terrorist Islamist thugs.

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