Thursday, August 31, 2006

Aussies Say It Better

Once again it takes an Aussie to say it out loud.


  • "What concerns me greatly is the evidence of dishonesty in the reporting out of Lebanon. For example, a Reuters photographer was forced to resign after doctoring images to exaggerate the impact of Israeli air attacks. There were the widely-reported claims that Israel had bombed deliberately a Red Cross ambulance.
    In subsequent weeks, the world has discovered those allegations do not stand up to even the most rudimentary scrutiny. After closer study of the images of the damage to the ambulance, it is beyond serious dispute that this episode has all the makings of a hoax. Yet some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets, including some of those represented here today, ran that story as fact - unchallenged, unquestioned. Similarly, there has been the tendency to report every casualty on the Lebanese side of the conflict as if a civilian casualty, when it was indisputable that a great many of those injured or killed in Israeli offensives were armed Hezbollah combatants.

    My point is this: in a grown-up society such as our own, the media cannot expect to get away with parading falsehoods as truths, or ignoring salient facts because they happen to be inconvenient to the line of argument - or narrative - that particular journalists, or media organisations, might choose to adopt on any given controversy or issue." - Alexander Downer, Foreign Minister of Australia, via Melanie Phillips.

(Like this time).


Oh, and you should take a look at this video of Iraeli Defense Forces encountering Hizbollah fighters in a Lebanese village. Apparently, you must copy and past it, rather than simply clicking the link. (http://switch248-01.castup.net/cunet/gm.asp?ClipMediaID=209947&ak=63628786) .
And guess what, some of the Hizbollah were dressed as IDF.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Are You Sick of Media Abuse?

Well then, read this story about the staged Lebanese ambulance. Worth a read especially for those who believe that the Israelis were too hard on the Lebanese.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Lieberman

Seems like the democrats approach to the Lieberman issue is only going to hurt them.

"Quinnipiac's latest poll suggests that the anti-war sentiment in CT isn't as fervent as anticipated, which would be comforting news for the state's GOP incumbents.

-- The poll finds that 41% of likely voters agreed with Joe Lieberman on the Iraq war, and 21% more said it wouldn't be a decisive factor. (We'd still like to see more questions like this with different wordings.) In CT 04, 58% wouldn't boot Joe because of the war; in CT 02, 66% said they wouldn't. That gives Reps. Simmons, Shays and Johnson a decent-sized base to win over voters on their domestic record." from The Hotline : Hotline On Call: House Race Hotline Update: On Second Thought...

Also Declare Victory, Get Out

Spending too much time worrying about Joe is hurting the democrats across the country. Something about how they should go after easier Republican targets (because they will lose against Joe) - WSJ's Taranto

Monday, August 21, 2006

A Family Strolls By

I love this video on power line. How many times to you watch the fighting between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and think, 'is that really true? Is it accurate?'

This is a good expose of the methods used by those that wish to provide sound bites, film bites for international media.

Power Line Video


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Friday, August 11, 2006

Back in the US and A

Its wierd here. Thats all I can say.

My wife and I are visiting siblings and parents in Rockville, Maryland and San Diego. Just now in sunny San Diego.

Oh, and I am eating too much.

And now we have to travel after a terror threat. I guess I should be feeling safe since the security is beefed up.

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