The fall out from the Reutersgate scandal is obvious and forces a recollention of words from another era spoken by former President Ronald Reagan; “Trust, but verify.”
Jules Crittenden, an editor at the Boston Herald, cuts to the heart of the matter:
Everyone in the news business gets taken for a ride sooner or later. It’s an occupational hazard. What is surprising is the scale of it in Lebanon. And what is tragic about this is, as a Boston Herald photo editor noted, editors everywhere can no longer trust the pictures from Lebanon. The public cannot know what is staged and what is real. They cannot know the true scope of the devastation that Hezbollah’s aggression against Israel and its cynical tactics have brought on the Lebanese people. The con artists have shafted themselves and their own people with their cheap tricks.
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If you were foolish enough to believe the lying eyes of Reuters photo editors were the only ones at work in the war zone, check this AP photo taken in Tyre, Lebanon. Then ask yourself why with all the destruction visible the bed hanging out of the apartment shows no damage.