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Magda Hassan
04-10-2010, 12:54 AM
A tale of two photos

New pictures of " crowd" in the square: Picture 1 (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/SQ1.gif) Picture 2 (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/SQ2.gif) Picture 3 (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/SQ3.gif) Picture 4 (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/SQ4.gif)
See Also: Is This Media manipulation on a grand scale? (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2842.htm)
You have probably seen the photos of the statue of Saddam Hussein being toppled, and TV footage of jubilant Iraqis rolling the bronze head around, bringing back memories of so many previous popular uprisings 1989, 1956, 1953...
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/images/2PHOTO.gif

If there is one thing this war has taught us all, it's that we can't believe what we're told. For Donald Rumsfeld these were "breathtaking". For the British Army they were "historic". For BBC Radio they were "amazing".


A wide angle shot (http://68.1.17.8/informationclearinghouse3/ustroopsstatue.wmv) in which you can see the whole of Fardus Square (conveniently located just opposite the Palestine Hotel where the international media are based), and the presence of at most around 200 people most of them US troops (note the tanks and armored vehicles) and assembled journalists.

The BBC website had the honesty to say that "dozens" of Iraqis were involved, but this grain of truth was swamped by the overwhelming impression of mass joy. The radio and TV were even worse.

The masses are no doubt glad to see the back of Saddam Hussein, but was this a US Army propaganda coup.

David Guyatt
04-10-2010, 09:25 AM
I suppose the rule should be that anything that originates from official sources or the media must be treated with the greatest caution and suspicion. Especially at election times and time of war and crisis.

Magda Hassan
04-10-2010, 09:29 AM
The opposite of Peter P's signature "Don't believe anything that has been officially approved"