The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Selective Mourning

It would seem that the wire services are mourning the death of Hezbullah fighters in last year's war. No word on if and when any coverage will be given to the Israeli soldiers who died during the conflict.

Hassan Saad shows pictures of his brother Shadi, 19, killed in last year's 34 day war against Israel, in Aita al-Shaab village southern Lebanon, July 10, 2007. He passed all his school exams, helped out his father's sandwich bar, ran a bicycle shop and still found time to train with local Hezbollah guerillas in this village on Lebanon's border with Israel. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)


What a nice, down-to-earth guy, huh? It should be noted that, while it's factually true that he was "killed" during the conflict, you'll note that none of our news agencies elect to identify him dying as a Hezbullah fighter. Don't you think knowing that would change the readers' perspective of this "sympathetic" propaganda push?

By the way, if you're sharp, you might notice in the third picture down in our extended series (following the break), that Reuters has annotated the caption with: "To match feature:LEBANON WAR/HEZBOLLAH." What's interesting about this? It's entirely possible that this is an acknowledgement that the scenario was orchestrated and provided to Reuters by Hezbullah's media office. How much better would this news coverage have been if this fact were acknowledged up front, rather than as a sidebar?)
Zeinab Saad mourns at the grave of her son Shadi, 19, killed in last year's 34 day war against Israel, in Aita al-shaab, southern Lebanon July 10, 2007. He passed all his school exams, helped out his father's sandwich bar, ran a bicycle shop and still found time to train with local Hezbollah guerillas in this village on Lebanon's border with Israel. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)


Zeinab Saad passes by a poster of her son Shadi, 19, killed in last year's 34 day war against Israel, in Aita Al-Shaab, southern Lebanon July 10, 2007. He passed all his school exams, helped out his father's sandwich bar, ran a bicycle shop and still found time to train with local Hezbollah guerillas in this village on Lebanon's border with Israel. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)


Zeinab Saad cleans a poster of her son Shadi, 19, next to his grave, killed in last year's 34 day war against Israel in Aita al Shaab village, southern Lebanon July 10, 2007. He passed all his school exams, helped out his father's sandwich bar, ran a bicycle shop and still found time to train with local Hezbollah guerillas in this village on Lebanon's border with Israel. The poster calls him "martyr of the sincere promise"- a reference to Hezbollah's pledge to force Israel to release Lebanese prisoners. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON) To match feature:LEBANON WAR/HEZBOLLAH


An Israeli vehicle patrols past a poster of a Hezbollah guerilla martyr at the border with Israel in Kfar Kila village southern Lebanon, July 10, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho (LEBANON) To match feature: LEBANON WAR/HEZBOLLAH

 Tags: ali hashisho REUTERS Israel/Lebanon War 2006

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