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Tuesday, May 04, 2004


On the Iraqi prisoner scandal...


It seems that the majority of the recent accusations against a few U.S. servicemen for abusing Iraqi dissident prisoners are true. However, I wonder if some of the pictures being shown are legit. In today's world of digital enhancement and the continuing scandals in the print media about plagarism, falsification, and a lack of editorial integrity, it may be the case that some of the images have been doctored.

World Net Daily reports that some staged pornographic pictures depicting Coalitiion forces supposedly raping Iraqi women were passed off by at least two Arabic news sources as legitimate. Now we know that the pictures are fake, but it is unlikely that the Arab media will publish a wide-spread retraction.

This is troubling, because whether our service men do bad or good, a majority of the Arab world might think that they only do bad. Gresham's law in photojournalism?

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