CNN Uses Faked Palestinian ‘Casualty’ Video in Coverage

by Warner Todd Huston | November 17, 2012 1:31 pm

In its pro-Palestinian coverage of the escalated violence in the Middle East, CNN used faked video footage showing Palestinian “victims” of Israel’s rockets being dragged off the streets.

On his November 15 report, Anderson Cooper hosted a report[1] by CNN correspondent Sara Sidner and during the wind up to her report Cooper played a few video snippets of “victims” being dragged off the streets of the Palestinian held areas.

But one of those “victims” wasn’t a victim at all but was instead a man merely acting injured all for the benefit of western cameras.

Worse, this particular faux victim video is a well-known fake. Breitbart already posted about[2] this “Pallywood” theatrical extravaganza and if we knew about it, how could CNN not have known?

CNN isn’t the only Old Media outlet that falls for fake Palestinian videos. There is, for example, a famous video that caused a contentious court case[3] in France back in 2008. It was a fake video supposedly showing a young Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura being shot at by Israel’s Defense Forces. At first, the video caused international outrage, but in time it was proven to be just Palestinian street theater. No Muhammad al-Dura was ever shot at.

The BBC also has a long history[4] of anti-Israel bias.

How do these fake videos continue to end up in western news coverage? It’s because few western news organizations actually have any news crews on the ground in these affected areas. As it happens, throughout the Mid East western news outlets rely on “stringers” to get video of events. In this case, a stringer is a Palestinian who takes his own video and then sells it to western news agencies. This leaves western news agencies naturally open to faked, Palestinian propaganda. But, the thing is, all these western news agencies know this is happening and they just don’t care.

These faked, “Pallywood” videos will continue to be used by western news organizations because it satisfies their anti-Israel bias.

Endnotes:
  1. report: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/11/16/ac-sidner-gaza-city-bombs-rockets-israel.cnn#/video/bestoftv/2012/11/16/ac-sidner-gaza-city-bombs-rockets-israel.cnn
  2. posted about: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/11/15/Palestinians-Caught-Faking-Injuries-For-BBC%20Cameras
  3. contentious court case: http://www.publiusforum.com/2008/07/14/news-blackoutnew-york-times-ignores-momentous-pro-jewish-court-case-win-in-france/
  4. long history: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/11/15/BBC-Lies-About-Gaza-Victim

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