[OPE-L:6047] Re: Palestinian staged footage?

From: nicola taylor (n.taylor@student.murdoch.edu.au)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 00:00:49 EDT

I couldn't watch the video on my computer so I checked out the stills -
note that these are accredited - lower right hand corner - to Associated
Press (surprise surprise).  Anyway, Rakesh deserves all the kudos for: (a)
following up on the original question and (b) providing an excellent
illustration of the way that selective images are used to support breaking
news stories (btw, I agree with you that a cynical manipulation of 'truth'
is worse than using old footage; this is exactly the point that Rakesh and
I were trying to make).

comradely Nicky


At 10:43  8/10/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Nicola and Allin,
>I have returned and notice the message below from Rakesh.  Shortly after
>its date I could not get any more messages as my email became full from
>another's person's recyclyed virsus. Therefore I don't know if either of
>you responded to Rakesh's forwarded message which actually is perhaps even
>worse than using old footage (which had been the center of this
>controvery).  As I see it, the issue Chai-on first raised is reintroduced.
>Thanks, Paul Z.
>Paul Zarembka, editor, RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY at                 
>********************** http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PZarembka
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 11:00:39 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Rakesh Bhandari <rakeshb@stanford.edu>
>Reply-To: ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu
>To: ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu
>Subject: [OPE-L:6020] staged, not recycled, footage?
>sent to me by a palestinian friend of mine. RB
>>from Indy Media:
>>"Celebrating Palestinians": Scene WAS ACTUALLY staged (english)
>>by Juergen 3:02am Tue Sep 25 '01 (Modified on 3:54am Tue Sep 25 '01)
>>"A few days ago a Brazilian student, Marcio, claimed CNN was showing old
>>scenes of celebrating Palestinians, claiming they were celebrating the
>>WTC disaster. Well, the scenes were not old, but were manipulated!
>>"In a recent statement CNN insisted that the famous footage was shot on
>>the day of the WTC blast. Meanwhile, German reporters of the prestigious
>>"Panorama" TV magazine investigated how the scenes were shot. What they
>>found out was amazing. On German TV they aired, supposedly for the first
>>time, parts of the entire 4-minute footage not previously shown.
>>"It became clear that a person was animating a couple of children to
>>cheer in front of the camera. The woman cheering was offered a candy to act
>>cheerful. She later said she was shocked that her pictures were shown in
>>the context of the terrorist attacks. She had no idea what they were for. A
>>total view of the scene shows a street largely full of at best apathic
>>people doing business as usual. Only a handful of people standing in
>>front of the camera are celebrating.
>>"You can see the video online on
>>http://www.ndrtv.de/panorama/sendung/index.html  The link is below the
>>second picture and in German. But you can still see the pictures in the
>>report. Forward to 7 minutes 45 seconds and watch it until the end.
>>"Furthermore, the highly regarded German magazine "Der Spiegel" has had
>>an article on this. The article shows the picture of the woman getting
>>candy and another one people showing more people in the background of the
>>cheering kids. These people are passing by as usual.
>>"Read the article on:
>>Unfortunately, in German as well. You can still see the pictures,
>>Here's a little synapses of the article in Der Spiegel (titled "What is
>>the truth?"):
>>Der Spiegel reports on the analysis conducted by Panorama.  They point
>>out that the pictures that went around the world only showed close-ups,
>>never the whole street full of people celebrating.  What Panorama found out,
>>when watching the whole thing, was that there were shots of the street
>>surrounding the cheering groups.  These shots indicated that there were
>>only a handful of people cheering while the majority of people passed by
>>without participating (the second picture in the Spiegel article shows

Nicola Mostyn (Taylor)
Faculty of Economics
Murdoch University
South Street
W.A. 6150

Tel. 61 8 9385 1130 
email: n.taylor@stu.murdoch.edu.au

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