[OPE-L:6069] Re: staged, not recycled, footage?

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Sun Oct 14 2001 - 19:17:20 EDT

They don't seem to want to read *Der Spiegel* or *Panorama* at *The
Guardian*.  But they've got it right how important those images of
Palestinians were.

"How much can we believe in the news campaign? 
Jay Rayner tells how the war of words opens another"

Sunday October 14, 2001
The Observer 


"The real problem for Western politicians trying to hold together a fragile
international coalition is that the media have great power to magnify.
Footage of Palestinians on the West Bank celebrating the 11 September
attacks was hugely damaging to a Palestinian Authority desperate not to
enrage the US, even though the crowd numbered no more than 15 to 20. 

"Those numbers were irrelevant. The images still went about the world. (It
led to claims that the footage was a fake, recycled from the Allied
invasion of Kuwait; the claim has been investigated by the BBC and firmly

--from http://www.guardian.co.uk/waronterror/story/0,1361,573769,00.html


Paul Zarembka, editor,  RESEARCH IN POLITICAL ECONOMY at 
******************** http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/PZarembka


Rakesh Bhandari <rakeshb@stanford.edu>
wrote ope-l@galaxy.csuchico.edu,
         cc (if any):,
         dated 09/26/01, at 11:00 AM, 
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


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