Australian FM angry over faked "news" from Lebanon
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is standing firm on his comments yesterday slamming the media over its coverage of the Lebanon conflict.
Speaking in Brisbane, Mr Downer criticised local and international media for sloppy reporting and failing to check facts.
In particular, he singled out the London-based Reuters news agency over an incident in which a photographer deliberately manipulated a digital image so that the effects of an Israeli bombing raid over Beirut were exaggerated.
The news agency later admitted the alteration, quickly withdrew the image from circulation and the photographer, a stringer, was sacked.
But journalists’ reporting of the conflict also came under fire from the Foreign Minister.
He accused “some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets” of falling for a hoax in their reporting of an alleged aerial attack on a Lebanese Red Cross ambulance by Israel.
“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,” Mr Downer said.
“Yet some of the world’s most prestigious media outlets, including some of those represented here today (Monday), ran that story as fact - unchallenged, unquestioned.”
Yes, finally!!! Now let's see if anyone in the Mainstream Media will pick this up or will they conveniently pretend that this never happened? I mean they are so good at presenting things that actually never happened not presenting this should be a shoe-in for them!