Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Making the Rounds

[posted by Callimachus]

Confederate Yankee (with some help from commenters) does a bang-up job dismantling a leading print media photograph from Iraq today which purports to show a woman holding up "two bullets" which "hit her house" during a "coalition forces raid." I've never fired a gun in my life. But even I could tell at first sight that bullets that had hit a house would not be shiny, perfectly symmetrical, and still have their cartridge casings attached.

Believe it or not, though, I think some of the gatekeeper media is actually that ignorant of military matters. So much so that they passed along this little "shame on you, America" vignette, attributing it solely to her as a way of acknowledging they were too lazy to check it out, without knowing that all the evidence of a fraud was right there in the picture.

All the more amazing because -- like the Scott Beauchamp fiasco -- the vignette for the anti-war message they were seeking could be legitimately found in Iraq (or any war) if they just took the trouble to actually go and get it. It's the laziness, as much as anything, that's killing people's confidence in the big media.