Monday, September 19, 2005

Bloggers Know What 60 Minutes Doesn't

The Belmont Club considers What is Essential and Invisible to the Eye in the context of the video "Pallywood".
Little Green Footballs and Mudville Gazette both have a link to Dr. Richard Landes' Pallywood, a .wmv that can be downloaded and viewed. It is a short video that focuses on footage of Palestinians besieging an Israeli checkpoint that is used in 60 Minutes. Landes uses the outtakes and a frame by frame analysis to show, convincingly in my view, that much of it was entirely faked.
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Let's suppose, for the sake of argument, that 'the Israelis and the US military are also cooking up stories' and feeding this fiction to the public via the press. Rather than being a counter-argument this tu quoque is simply an acknowledgement of worse: that the entire information-gathering arm of the press, which is what civilians have for an intelligence service (emphasis added - ed.), is potentially debased. Whatever one's politics or point of view this is clearly an unacceptable state of affairs.
Go to Wretchard's post for the link to the video and the full story.