Playing it up.
This photo, sent across by Reuters stringer Suhaib Salem, represents everything that I believe is wrong with press coverage in the Middle East. It could easily adorn the cover of some macabre screenplay—which, in essence, is all that it is.
See if you can spot every single actor in this shot that's playing specifically to a camera. I'll get you started by pointing out the gentleman in the front with the simulated-bloody hand, playing to Camera A. Or the one behind him playing to Camera B. Or even the two guys in the center who are clearly playing up their determination for Suhaib himself.
How many times will Reuters fall for the same staged shot, presenting it to Western readers as if this were some genuine outpouring of emotion—rather than the staged play that it is?
(Feel free to share your observations down in the comments—Let's see if you can find all of the actors from the comfort of your own home!)
Palestinians carry the body of militant Mohammed Gabin during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip March 1, 2010. Israeli army shelling killed Gabin, a Palestinian gunman, in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, his group said. The Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella militant group allied to Gaza's Hamas rulers, said the dead man had been on a "jihadist mission" when he was killed. The term usually denotes armed operations or training. The Israeli army had no immediate comment. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
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