BBC Uses 2003 Photo from Iraq to Depict Massacre in Syria in 2012—Oooops!

This story illustrates how the mass media fabricates the news. It happened in May of 2012. Were you aware?

How many times do we have to witness this, folks, yet still turn to them for the truth of what is happening on this planet? It’s a growing trend.

On September 11, 2001 the BBC showed the image of Building 7 at the World Trade Centre standing tall and true behind the news caster (another oooops!) while she told us it had collapsed… a full 20 minutes BEFORE it actually did. If that isn’t fore-knowledge, I don’t know what is, and it proves the media is complicit in misinforming and manipulating the public.

The BBC also showed the photo below, taken in Iraq in 2003—NINE YEARS PRIOR—and reported that it was taken in Syria in May 2012—with the convenient disclaimer “which cannot be independently verified”—as if that makes it all right.

It’s their JOB to verify everything before publishing it. It’s what the media is supposed to do! They get their mandate from the public and their news from the Internet? Where Joe Blow terrorist (the kind that works for the government) can post anything they like? And if it goes viral then it’s newsworthy?

Fortunately, the photographer himself saw the article, called them on it, and it was promptly removed.

And fifteen months later they are STILL making up excuses to convince The People that the US military must go to Syria. It’s always somewhere in the Middle East they must go and conquer. It has nothing to do with peace-keeping or protecting women and children, and EVERYTHING to do with control, domination and greed.

We see “crisis actors” playing multiple parts in their game of charades for the enemies of Syria and Egypt to dupe us into thinking hundreds of people are being slaughtered.

Sometimes they are— but NOT by those who are actually on the side of The People and are trying to eliminate the evil entities that are invading their country. The murdering mercenaries are largely financed by the USA and the UK, from the sound of the leaked documents.

And it’s not just the BBC who are lying to us. The mass media in North America is relentless in attempting to sculpt a different reality for us than is really there. They clearly have an agenda and it has nothing to do with reporting the truth.

They are more interested in selling papers with gruesome front-page illustrations and getting us to their web sites with sensationalized copy where we can see their advertizers’ wares than reporting unbiased, impartial news.

TV news from CNN has been presented in the past as an “on location” feed from the Middle East when it was actually filmed in a parking lot in America with a green screen, props and sound bytes. It’s inexcusable. I shared one such video on this blog last year.

The mainstream media are more interested in fomenting hatred for the people of the Middle East than providing an accurate portrayal of international situations. They wrongly believe that since we aren’t there, we won’t know the difference.

In truth, there are people everywhere who are more than happy to expose the lies and deceit rampant in the news today. It’s so easy to send out a video or copy of an email to show what’s REALLY going on and expose the “fake news”.

Obviously the mass media have been paid more than enough by the cabal to abandon their journalistic code of ethics and their responsibility to The People, and I see that nothing has improved over the years. If anything, it’s getting worse as the cabal’s desperation mounts.

We shouldn’t need watchdogs to police the mainstream news gathering services, but we do. Retractions are not adequate. Once it’s out there, it’s out there, and there’s no guarantee people will see retractions.

There is no excuse for irresponsible or reckless reporting on the part of the corporate media, but if it drives people to alternative news web sites and blogs as it most definitely is, so be it.  ~ BP

From The Telegraph:

BBC News uses ‘Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre’

The BBC is facing criticism after it accidentally used a picture taken in Iraq in 2003 to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.

Mis-captioned photo on BBC website

The photograph was actually taken by Marco di Lauro in Iraq in 2003

10:39PM BST 27 May 2012

Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw the image being used, and said he was “astonished” at the failure of the corporation to check their sources.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.

It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading “Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows”.

The caption states the photograph was provided by an activist and cannot be independently verified, but says it is “believed to show the bodies of children in Houla awaiting burial”.

A BBC spokesman said the image has now been taken down. 26 May 2012

Mr di Lauro, who works for Getty Images picture agency and has been published by newspapers across the US and Europe, said: “I went home at 3am and I opened the BBC page which had a front page story about what happened in Syria and I almost felt off from my chair.

“One of my pictures from Iraq was used by the BBC web site as a front page illustration claiming that those were the bodies of yesterday’s massacre in Syria and that the picture was sent by an activist.

“Instead the picture was taken by me and it’s on my web site, on the feature section regarding a story I did In Iraq during the war called Iraq, the aftermath of Saddam.

“What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all.

He added he was less concerned about an apology or the use of image without consent, adding: “What is amazing it’s that a news organization has a picture proving a massacre that happened yesterday in Syria and instead it’s a picture that was taken in 2003 of a totally different massacre. [in another country entirely!]

“Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”

A spokesman for the BBC said: “We were aware of this image being widely circulated on the internet in the early hours of this morning following the most recent atrocities in Syria.

“We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified.”

“Efforts were made overnight to track down the original source of the image and when it was established the picture was inaccurate we removed it immediately.”


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