Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Caption fraud

It ain't new, but then again, what is? Just came across this less recent example of the high standards that our major news media set themselves. The photo below was published on September 30, 2000. Read the caption carefully.

Unsurprisingly, the photo enraged public opinion against Israel and even made its way into a campaign against Coca-Cola and Israel's "killing of innocence". In fact (slippery concept), the bloodied face in the photo belonged an American Jewish boy called Tuvia Grossman who had just been beaten up by a gang of Palestinians. The cop was trying to protect him. Honest Reporting has the full story, and Tuvia Grossman's own account of the incident is here.

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