The Ghost of Snapped Shot

Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.

Fadi Arouri (Reuters) is my New Best Friend!

I recently discovered a social networking site where a bunch of wire service photographers seem to hang out—even more than at Lightstalkers. Always being the kind of person who is interested in finding out all sides to a story, I figured it'd be a good idea to get in touch with all of the stringers there, so that I could pass questions about photographs on if I needed to. What better place to get to the bottom of things than the person who took the photo, right?

Yeah, I should've seen this coming a mile away. Fadi Arouri replied back:

i am gonna write this on u're walla, u r so brave [Ed.:—I'll be sure to quote you on that!] to add me and other mates, i can'y understand how dare u are to add us here and u keep attacking out photos and spreading Rumors about how ours is photoshoped ,,, etc i told u to had a life [Ed.:—No you didn't. That was this guy.] and the contact person "muheisen" is my friend. and u attacked him also, so ARE YOU A SPY or wht ??? GET A LIFE and do wht u want but dont let me knew about it, and i am gonna send a long long list for all my friends to Block You and u're website forever

Fadi Arouri/REUTERS
The first thing that occurred to me was that I don't recall ever saying anything bad about any of Arouri's photographs. But alas, a quick search cleared that up for me right quick: Heh, oops... Guess that would do it, wouldn't it?

It probably doesn't help that my little rant is the third entry on Google for his name... So I'll throw him a bone and put his name in the headline for this article, too—which ought to bump that one down to being the fourth link.

What can I say? I'm that much of a nice guy.

Anyway, so once again, my big foot enters my big mouth. Can't say that this is the first time that's happened.

In fact, Muhammed Muheisen and I got off to a similarly rough start, which is what Fadi is referring to above. But, after e-mailing back and forth a few times, Muhammed and I have become downright cordial with each other, and have kept (mostly) in touch over the past couple of years now. So it's not like I'm some mean, nasty blogger that's intent on destroying these people or anything.

Snapped Shot Central.
On the "spreading rumors" thing he mentions, I think it's only fair to point out that I had a hand in debunking the last big one. While I guess that might count as "spreading" it, I strongly believe that discussing controversies like that out in the open is the best way to deal with things. Open, honest, and complete dialogue.

A concept that our noble journalist seems to have missed somewhere along the line, since apparently We the Consumer are supposed to just sit here and listen obediently to every word he has to say.

Anyway, if you're still reading out there, Fadi, I'd still be delighted to stay in touch with you. Hate mail and all.

Even if I am a dastardly Zionist spy. ;)

Update: Ghaith Rishesh, independent photojournalist who really likes this site, suggests that everyone Boycott WWW.snappedshot.COM.

Works for meBring it! ;)

 Tags: fadi arouri muhammed muheisen REUTERS AP #DailyFodder


#1 GHaith gh. risheh 09-Jan-2009
Boycott WWW.snappedshot.COM .....
#2 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009

Really? You sure that you'd rather do that than sit down and talk about things openly?

I'd much rather speak back and forth with you and your compatriots. You may hate me, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about things like adults, right?

(Of course, since this isn't your first time hanging around here, hopefully we'll keep seeing you around!)

#3 GHaith gh. risheh 09-Jan-2009
Sure u will find me around to stop your stupid website :) till the site down
i will stop your website and start a camping to end it
#4 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009

At least I can count on you for that. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future!


#5 GHaith gh. risheh 09-Jan-2009
count as u like u should stop this stupid things
#6 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009

That's pretty mature of you. Bring as many friends as you like—[i]Snapped Shot[/i] isn't going anywhere. At least not as long as we continue seeing unbiased reporting like this, that is.

#7 ghaith gh. risheh 09-Jan-2009
you will see .... :)
it's a matter of time am sure
#8 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009
Gee, I sure hope that's a promise! ;)

#9 captainfish 09-Jan-2009
Hmmm... Was that Fadi's kids who wrote that comment? It was much more elementary and illiterate than how he responded in your second link.

Or, maybe is that one of the outcomes of being a hateful stringer? It affects your brain cells and causes massive illiteracy. Or, is just the profession that courts mentally handicapped illiterate people.

Meanwhile, i r bak wrk 2 mi. mE bbrd not wich much hiping frum ur biasd site.
#10 Larry_in_PHX 09-Jan-2009
This all very entertaining. I wonder whose dad can beat up the other?
#11 ghaith gh. risheh 09-Jan-2009
go to hell Brain u attacked Muhisin Before and Now Fadi what next ataccking me or out ? i don't evin care about u
we will complete what we start of our job
to let the world see the truth and what the israili doing here

agine and agine Go to hell
#12 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009
Stay classy, Ghaith. Nice, professional, and [i]classy[/i].

#13 Brian C. Ledbetter 09-Jan-2009
Oh yeah - One last jab, if I may.

Be seeing you around, Ghaith!
#14 captainfish 09-Jan-2009
Now now brian,
Don't pick on the little kiddies. They don't know any better. They were never taught how to spell, proper grammar, sentence structure or even how to take a proper unbiased photo.

Besides Brian, he spoke the truth when he said, "agine agine Go to hell"

When he gets agine (which I assume he means "aging") and agine some more, he will probably go to hell. This is his subliminal cry for help. He needs someone to teach him the "way".

And Brian, you are just the man to do it. I am so proud that you were there when he needs you the most.
#15 busywolf 13-Jan-2009
hi Brian, captain...

I don't think it was Fadi's kids that wrote that particular comment, more likely it was his mother. Kids are a lot smarter nowadays.

So you guys think agine means aging? I thought it was gheith's angina or maybe "evin" vagina or something like that ;). Please gheith come back to enlighten us.

As far as I am concerned, I am going to make sure I boycott this blog every single day, even if only for a few brief moments.
#16 Maryam 05-Feb-2009
You guys are simply full of racism and hatred, talking about people's mother and family members.I thought judaism enlights the respect due to mothers and elders....You should be ashamed of yourself and turn to God so that he forgive you.

Actually I feel really sad for you, how can you swear at people and call them illiterate just because they don't speak English well.I'm totally astonished to see how racist some people can be...

I'm French, call me an illeterate because I don't speak english properly.

I'm an illeterate holding 2 PHD....

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