The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Compare and Contrast time!

I think I'm going to do my best to start a little tradition. Let's compare and contrast the treatment given to both sides of the war. After all, if the press was as impartial as they claim to be, wouldn't both sides be presented somewhat similarly in the news?



(AP/Oded Balilty) Displaced Israelis, right, wait at a school to be taken away from the town of Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel.


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(AP/Lefteris Pitarkis) Lebanese Samir Taan Waheb carrying some belongings leaves a damaged building adjacent to the destroyed buildings that were attacked late Monday by Israeli forces.


The Israelis are considered as merely "displaced," inconvenienced only enough to have to get onto a bus and drive away. On the other hand, we see pitiful scenes of Lebanese leaving their devastated homes, in sad tones, with ever more somber descriptions. Also be sure to compare the lighting and tone of the first picture, which appears somber, but not quite sad, with the second, which is in monochrome hues, and is intended to be more heart-breaking.

Of course, one thing that can be learned from this comparison is that the Israeli government CARES enough about its citizens to try and get them OUT of harm's way, BEFORE something happens to them. Contrast that with the Lebanese government, a mere puppet of Hezbullah, which is more than happy to PARADE its dead citizens around endlessly.

Quite a contrast, don't you think?

 Tags: fauxtography lefteris pitarakis oded balilty AP Israel/Lebanon War 2006

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