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Monday, August 07, 2006

 

Reuters News Services Caught Faking News

-By Warner Todd Huston

I am not going to get too far into all this mess from Reuters News service, but I just wanted Publius' readers to know of what is going on just to keep everyone up to date.

If you haven't caught it yet, Reuters News service has had to remove 900 some photos sold to them by a freelance "journalist" that they have employed for quite some time. It has come to light that this photographer has faked many of the photos of Middle East turmoil he has sold to American News services, chiefly Reuters.

Reuters has been having quite a time of it lately, keeping their integrity with this current unrest and stories about them are abound. They had an employee threaten a blogger (Little Green Footbals), have tried to eliminate the usage of the word "terror" in their reports and now this photo doctoring issue has come to light.

Newsbusters.us (Reuters' Pro-Terrorist Tilt: More than Dishonest Photos) , Drudge Report and a hundred other websites and radio personalities have been talking about it. This story further reveals the ingrown bias in the media today but it is for sure that without the internet and talk radio, no one would ever know that Reuters has been using faked photos to sell their stories of terrorist's woe.

So, while I don't have anything new to add to this Reuters story, I did want Publius' Forum readers to have notice of it if you all had not previously seen or heard of it all.

(By the way, if you go to Newsbusters, you'll see that I am a writer for them as well.)

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