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Photographer Fattens FLOTUS for Fourth

by Bunk X ( 76 Comments › )
Filed under Politics, Progressives at July 8th, 2019 - 11:54 pm

That photo by Carlos Barrias [Reuters] of President and First Lady Trump looked a bit odd to me, because within seconds of that photo, Melania Trump dropped 30 pounds.

Reuters has a history of photojournalistic malfeasance.


Carlos Barrias’ Reuters bio includes this gem:

“I was very moved after covering the earthquake in Haiti. I was one of the first journalists from Reuters to arrive, and I was there for about 45 days. It was long and tough. You can see human beings at their most basic instinct for survival.

It was a very weird feeling in Haiti because I know I was there doing my job, and I would like to feel that our job means something for people, but at the same time I felt powerless. What do you say when a kid comes to you and asks you for water and food, and you have nothing but a camera? I couldn’t answer that question, and I felt frustrated that I couldn’t do anything.”

[Confidential to @ReutersBarria: I don’t know you, never met you, but you’re full of sanctimonious crap. You were in Haiti for 45 days without food or water? Sure you were. Please click on this. The first 50 seconds are just for you.]

Photo Journalism Propaganda Is An Art.

by Bunk X ( 65 Comments › )
Filed under Politics, Progressives at November 12th, 2018 - 12:05 am

Same as it ever was.

[Update: That collection was compiled by my blog buddy Digger Phil.]

The Caravan: 5,000 Ragged Starving Refugees From Honduras / Guatemala Pass Through The Mexican Border On Their Way To The U.S. Unhindered

by Bunk X ( 170 Comments › )
Filed under Open thread, Progressives at October 22nd, 2018 - 12:01 am

“Ragged, growing caravan of migrants resumes march toward US”

That’s the AP headline, and then the AP posted pics of the reality in the same story:

Yep, there are a lotta people walking in a street. Some appear to be walking on a small platform 100 feet above. Media vans appear to be blocking the other traffic lanes that are devoid of traffic.

They have water and food and clothing.

They are not starving, and they’re not wearing rags. Some are overweight.

They’re not illiterate.

They appear to be well-fed, in good health and have trendy fitted clothing. They look no different than people walking into Disneyland, and some are morbidly obese.

Ragged wretched refuse indeed.

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[Update: The invasion is apparently coming from Honduras and Guatemala, and is comprised of other nationalities.]

Stairway to Aleppo? Yeah, Right.

by Bunk X ( 12 Comments › )
Filed under History, Iran, Iran, Islam, Islamists, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Politics, Syria, World at July 14th, 2015 - 1:30 am

Stairway to Aleppo

Earliest date found for this image [via Tineye] is 1 April 2014 with this caption:

Left After Assad Bombing in Aleppo.

I have a bit of a problem with that structural impossibility, and so does physics. Then I found this:

Stairway to Aleppo 0
That image dates to 23 March 2014. A more recent post dated 19 June 2015 comes from TehranPress.com. Even Google Translate can’t crack that one, but it appears that someone’s laughing.

Stairway to Aleppo Original

This seems to be the unadulterated version, with an interesting caption:

Residents try to find their belongings among the rubble left of their homes after what activists said was an air attack from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in Bab Neirab, Aleppo, on July 27, 2013.

That caption and image came from The Atlantic via *ahem* Reuters… who have never *cough* posted manipulated propaganda photos before.
[Hint: Google Islamic Rage Boy, Green Helmet Man, Wailing Woman, Iraqi Missile Photoshop.]

Yet even the description (“what activists said”) sounds specious. When Assad was under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood, why would his forces bomb his own people, unless Syria was already infiltrated by radical islam?

Oh, wait…

[Top image found here entirely by accident, and the others didn’t come from Little Green Footballs either.]