Subject: BBC photo of Syria massacre exposed as fake
From: Veronica
Date: 26/4/13 2:46 pm
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The BBC has been caught using phoney photo as the basis for their main headline story about a non-existent atrocity attributed to the Syrian regime.

The original story in turn generated multiple top headlines around the world. In one typical example, on an independent talk radio station in London, LBC, the breakfast show presenter described the photo in emotive terms, and repeatedly referred to the fake photo as a counter-argument against phone callers who questioned the official line.

As always, more people will hear the lie ... than will hear the subsequent correction.

It is difficult to believe that the BBC would use an unverified photo from a source with no credibility whatsoever in such a high-profile way [Veronica: No, it's not difficult to believe]

It seems that the BBC is readily able to suspend the desire to scrutinise evidence when the evidence in question services state propaganda needs. Indeed, this incident only makes sense in the context of a propaganda model in which the BBC, as Britain's state broadcaster, is tasked with going out of their way to exaggerate the situation even if that means presenting false information.

Syria is an official enemy of the British regime and its closest allies. The US, UK and their allies are unwilling to intervene directly in Syria, because Syria has an alliance with Russia. Of course, Russia is also an official enemy of the US and UK.

"Photographer Marco di Lauro said he nearly 'fell off his chair' when he saw the image being used, and said he was 'astonished' at the failure of the corporation to check their sources. The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad. It was posted on the BBC news website today under the heading 'Syria massacre in Houla condemned as outrage grows'.