The BBC has been caught using phoney photo as the basis for their
main headline story about a non-existent atrocity attributed to the
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'.