Friday, January 12, 2007

Institutionalized anti-Israeli bias?

Having been found out in doctoring photos from last Summer's Israel-Lebanon war, Reuter has not internalized the lesson that a news media is about reporting, not manufacturing narratives. Which is what it is doing in its fancy 2007 desk calendar, as demonstrated by Honest Reporting in this post:

Reuters' calendar demonstrates a subtle yet insidious and institutionalized form of bias. Why would the organization make such a glaring error in dealing with its own business clients, particularly after its credibility was previously called into question in 2006? The choice of images in this calendar cannot have been reached without a great deal of thought. Photo editors would have had to sift through Reuters' huge 2006 photo archive even before upper management gave a green light to the final choices. How could this photo have made it into the calendar?

Here's the sequel to this photo drama. Reuters, of course, is unrepentant:

"According to Eileen Wise, Reuters' Head of Global PR for Editorial and Media, the calendar images:

were chosen for their photographic and visual effect and not for any political purpose. In putting this calendar together we sought to portray the theme 'Eyes on the World,' which is meant to look back at events and issues that marked 2006, concentrating on pictures with eyes.

We invite Reuters and our subscribers to take a second look at the calendar. Using our own artistic license, we were only able to find four photos that could be themed as "pictures with eyes" and perhaps two more with a tenuous link. How can pictures of farming or even the back of a bodybuilder have anything to do with eyes? How do cranberry fields and sunflower crops represent "events and issues that marked 2006"? Is Eileen Wise looking at the same calendar?

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Somewhat related, here is another set of photos, via Little Green Footballs

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