tale of two photos
by Fozzy 7:47pm Wed Apr 9
of " crowd" in the square: Picture
1 Picture 2 Picture
3 Picture 4
This Media manipulation on
a grand scale?
You have probably seen the photos of the statue of Saddam Hussein being
toppled, and TV footage of jubilant Iraqis rolling the bronze head
around, bringing back memories of so many previous popular uprisings –
1989, 1956, 1953...
If there is one thing this war has taught us all, it's that we can't
believe what we're told. For Donald Rumsfeld these were
"breathtaking". For the British Army they were
"historic". For BBC Radio they were "amazing".
A wide angle shot in which you can see the whole of Fardus Square
(conveniently located just opposite the Palestine Hotel where the
international media are based), and the presence of at most around 200
people – most of them US troops (note the tanks and armored vehicles)
and assembled journalists.
The BBC website had the honesty to say that "dozens" of Iraqis
were involved, but this grain of truth was swamped by the overwhelming
impression of mass joy. The radio and TV were even worse.
The masses are no doubt glad to see the back of Saddam Hussein, but was
this a US Army propaganda coup.
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