The BBC has been caught using phoney photo as the basis for their
main headline story about a non-existent atrocity attributed to the
Syrian regime. The original story in turn generated multiple top
headlines around the world. In one typical example, on an
independent talk radio station in London, LBC, the breakfast show
presenter described the photo in emotive terms and repeatedly
referred to the fake photo as a counter-argument against phone
callers who questioned the official line. As always, more people will
hear the lie than will hear the subsequent correction.
It is difficult to believe that the BBC would use an unverified photo
from a source with no credibility whatsoever in such a high-profile way.
It seems that the BBC is readily able to suspend the desire to
scrutinise evidence when the evidence in question services state
propaganda needs. Indeed, this incident only makes sense in the
context of a propaganda model in which the BBC, as Britain’s state
broadcaster, is tasked with going out of their way to exaggerate the
situation even if that means presenting false information. Syria is an
official enemy of the British regime and its closest allies. The US, UK
and their allies are unwilling to intervene directly in Syria, because Syria
has an alliance with Russia. Of course, Russia is also an official enemy
of the US and UK.
BBC News uses ‘Iraq photo to illustrate Syrian massacre’
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2012
Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly �fell off his chair� when he
saw the image being used, and said he was �astonished� at the failure
of the corporation to check their sources.
The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a
young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing
skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.
It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading �Syria
massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows�.
“The Insider” mailing list article, 29 May 2012.