The Week (So Far) in Fauxtography: Fauxtos of Mystery

EU Referendum, the blog that has spent as much time as anyone exposing the almost certainly staged reporting out of Qana and the adventures of Green Helmet, posts on the mystery of the extra baby.

Ray Robison posted yesterday about the mystery of the wandering prayer rug.

Confederate Yankee brought us the mysterious wandering water bottle yesterday and calls shenanigans on the same photographer today.

Yesterday, The Jawa Report brought us the mystery of the deadly drink of water.

BuzzWhack defines fauxtography.

More fauxtography.

I'm working on a timeline of the Reutersgate/fauxtography scandal, which seemed to explode out of nowhere on Saturday, August 5. It's like trying to track the shrapnel from a grenade, but I hope to finish before I leave for vacation this weekend.

UPDATE 17:18 by Matthew Sheffield. Glenn Reynolds has some interesting thoughts on fake news:

We've seen this kind of fakery before, of course, and not just where Israel is concerned. The Boston Globe ran fake rape photos
purporting to show U.S. troops raping Iraqi women. The photos turned
out to come from a Hungarian porn site. Nor does the fakery stop with
photos. Rutten's own L.A. Times ran a nasty piece about Paul
Bremer's departure from Iraq, saying that he didn't even give a
farewell speech and suggesting that he was afraid to look Iraqis in the
eye. In fact, Bremer had given a speech that was nationally televised in Iraq. As columnist John Leo observed
in response to this bit of bogosity: "What's new about the press is
that so many people who follow it with a critical eye now have an
outlet to howl about inaccuracy and partisanship. The big media used to
be able to shrug off critics like this. Now they can't."

No, they can't. But I have to say that I'm disappointed with their
response nonetheless. I had hoped that increased scrutiny from bloggers
would make the press more honest, but so far there's no sign of that.
And bad or dishonest reporting is destructive and unpatriotic (note
that reporting bad news honestly is not, a distinction that dishonest
media defenders sometimes try to elide). Can a free press survive if
the public concludes that it's in the business of purveying politically
motivated propaganda on behalf of civilization's enemies? And, if this
kind of thing keeps up, will people be able to resist coming to such a
conclusion? The press often responds to business scandals by noting
that misbehavior by businessmen is likely to undermine support for free
enterprise and lead to public demands for the abolition of free
enterprise. I fear that the same dynamic may lead to reduced support
for a free press, and to demands for government regulation of reporting
in wartime.

Middle East Media Scandals Adnan Hajj/Reutergate Humor Journalistic Issues Fake News