.(hat tip Elder Of Ziyon)
When Reuters decided it needed a picture of Palestinian children behind prison bars, what did it do? It used this photograph:
And the caption reads: Palestinian children stand at a gate to the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip during a protest against the Israeli blockade July 13, 2009.
So what’s the problem with it…?
The superb Elder Of Ziyon blog explains:
But which bars to choose? Well, obviously, the most photogenic ones. I know – the Egyptians have some nice blue ones! Let’s go there, to the big gate that stops us from going to Egypt and stops Egyptian goods from being imported to Gaza – and tell the world that we are protesting the Israeli blockade!
This is not an isolated example. Rather, it is typical of the inaccuracy and yes, downright deception which characterises reporting on Israel. If pressed, no doubt Reuters will feign surprise and claim ignorance over the fact that their report blames Israel for something Egypt is doing. Who do they think they are kidding?
This is not just bad journalism.
This is immoral.