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(The New Republic)   The only problem with that beautiful picture that went viral of a Syrian orphan is that his parents were standing 20 steps away when it was taken   (newrepublic.com) divider line 68
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2014-02-19 12:31:48 PM  
And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.
 
2014-02-19 12:49:07 PM  
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
 
2014-02-19 12:49:24 PM  
Well, yeah, subs - but who's going to RT a picture with that caption?  Jesus - think of the clicks for fark's sake.

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.


Oh - it was vengeance, not sadism.  That makes it all fine and dandy, then.
 
2014-02-19 01:10:31 PM  
The modern day version of the "Telephone Game"
 
2014-02-19 01:15:42 PM  
And you can tell by the pixels.
 
2014-02-19 01:42:00 PM  
The Syrian civil war has no shortage of *actual* tragic stories. We dont need to make shiate up.
 
2014-02-19 01:47:23 PM  
Because you can  always count on the media for accurate and truthful reporting...
 
2014-02-19 01:47:29 PM  

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.


Also I think the cop lost his family in those massacres.
 
2014-02-19 01:50:39 PM  
The Internet is a giant lie factory
 
2014-02-19 01:52:19 PM  

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.


thatboyoverthere: Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Also I think the cop lost his family in those massacres.


Wow. I didn't know that. Pictures, I guess, can be taken out of context just as words can.
 
2014-02-19 01:52:33 PM  

thatboyoverthere: Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Also I think the cop lost his family in those massacres.


Yeah, that was my take on it as well.

/Don't blame him actually.
 
2014-02-19 01:52:46 PM  
Good article.
 
2014-02-19 01:54:10 PM  
Sadly, in 10 years that little boy will be on the streets throwing rocks or worse and have thousands of other young men beside him protesting who knows what and wishing for a weapon to join his brothers and relatives in the excitement of revolution or just the thrill of being involved in some form of anarchy.  Going to be long and hard to break the cycle.
 
2014-02-19 01:54:31 PM  
Did the original source lie or just the keyboard warriors passing the photo around social media?
 
2014-02-19 01:56:20 PM  
People who glurge, expand, and otherwise make crap up always end up harming their cause.  Nothing new here.
 
2014-02-19 01:58:06 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-19 01:59:45 PM  
20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.
 
2014-02-19 02:00:25 PM  
Was she that old crone the media kept showing through the 90s early 2000s in the wake of every bomb?
 
2014-02-19 02:00:40 PM  
webrocked.com
 
2014-02-19 02:01:18 PM  

brap: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story propaganda.


FTFY
 
2014-02-19 02:06:59 PM  
Almost all of those viral photos are bogus, or rather the captions with them are fake.
 
2014-02-19 02:08:04 PM  
img.fark.net

This is Syria's business.
 
2014-02-19 02:08:09 PM  

HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.


This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-02-19 02:14:07 PM  

kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]


That kid's pretty safe - the vulture is at least a mile off yet.
 
2014-02-19 02:14:17 PM  
Syria is in Africa now? Damn that place gets around.
 
2014-02-19 02:16:01 PM  
It's SYRIA...

The caption wasn't wrong, just premature.
 
2014-02-19 02:18:43 PM  

ashinmytomatoes: Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

thatboyoverthere: Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Also I think the cop lost his family in those massacres.

Wow. I didn't know that. Pictures, I guess, can be taken out of context just as words can.



"The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, "What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?"  -Eddie Adams (the guy who took the photo of the execution)
 
2014-02-19 02:21:01 PM  

jtown:


Yeah, I remember that movie. To think, nowadays you don't have to stage anything - the source material is already out there, and all that's necessary is to create a false context.

What I'm wondering is if this CNN anchor had anything to gain from perpetrating such a hoax, or if it was just a part of the organization's continuing effort to stoop to the level of Fox News.
 
2014-02-19 02:28:02 PM  
Are people that farking stupid?

There are hundreds of people walking and they pick one kid in a gap and ZOMG they're abandoning their children!!!!

static.guim.co.uk

Seriously. Can someone tell me who started this so I can crotch punch them until they farking die?
 
2014-02-19 02:29:28 PM  
sheikyermami.com
 
2014-02-19 02:40:34 PM  
Technically, the caption was true. The kid was temporarily separated from his parents. Then they stopped and waited for him to catch up.
 
2014-02-19 02:44:18 PM  

kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]


Doesn't that pic get you on the bad boy list?
 
2014-02-19 02:49:06 PM  
So factual reporting gets all farked up by a farking bunch of farktards. fark.
 
2014-02-19 02:50:17 PM  
Sensationalism draws eyeballs.

Just yesterday there was the story of the ZOMG GIANT OCTOPUS ATTACKS DIVER. *

The article said the diver wasn't scared and shooed off the beast. And the video showed the octopus not actually touching the diver but rather wrapping itself around the dive camera rig. The diver moves it a few feet and the octopus lets go and disappears. However, there would have been a lot fewer clicks if the article was titled "ZOMG GIANT OCTOPUS INVESTIGATES CAMERA".
 
2014-02-19 02:50:53 PM  

Clent: The modern day version of the "Telephone Game"


The telephone game involves mistakes and misunderstandings.  This involved intentionally framing a photo to give a false impression and then making up a bogus caption to match the photo.

There was no mistake here.
 
2014-02-19 02:52:27 PM  
Whew! Thanks subby, I was worried about some 3rd world orphan for a whopping 0 seconds
 
2014-02-19 02:55:17 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Oh - it was vengeance, not sadism. That makes it all fine and dandy, then.


It wasn't even that. The dude who got shot was a soldier caught in civilian clothing with a pocket full of pictures of folks who were recently dead or on his list. The general didn't kill some random dude he didn't like, he executed a spy/assassin who was caught at work. Not exactly an uncommon occurrence in the middle of a war.
 
2014-02-19 02:56:48 PM  

kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]


I'm pretty sure the photographer who took that photo killed himself because he could never get past the horror of what he had seen. Think about that for a moment...
 
2014-02-19 02:59:46 PM  

JerkStore: kidgenius: HighZoolander: 20 steps? In Africa?

Isn't that like 2.5 Rhode Islands?

Sounds like the kid was pretty far behind if you ask me.

This is what happens when you fall behind in Africa

[encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com image 281x179]

I'm pretty sure the photographer who took that photo killed himself because he could never get past the horror of what he had seen. Think about that for a moment...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Carter
 
2014-02-19 03:01:23 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Well, yeah, subs - but who's going to RT a picture with that caption?  Jesus - think of the clicks for fark's sake.

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Oh - it was vengeance, not sadism.  That makes it all fine and dandy, then.


To many people, yes. I don't really want to guess how many Japanese and German soldiers were killed out of vengeance. When someone does something you find so reprehensible, it's easy to grant allowances for horrifying acts.

See: What people say about pedophiles in particular. Rapists are usually another category of people that people want to go biblical on.
 
2014-02-19 03:08:50 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

This one is sort of misleading also.  They made a whole movie about how misleading it was.
 
2014-02-19 03:14:20 PM  
brap [TotalFark]

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

DNC motto since.... forever.
 
2014-02-19 03:15:16 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Well, yeah, subs - but who's going to RT a picture with that caption?  Jesus - think of the clicks for fark's sake.

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Oh - it was vengeance, not sadism.  That makes it all fine and dandy, then.


No, not fine and dandy, but hearing the facts deflates some of the outrage. We applaud when given the entirety of a situation, a weary hero cop/detective has finally had enough of some villain's shiat and does the person in by their own hands, because we know that proper justice would not have been served otherwise, so, yes, it still stands as a poignant image forever, but with the truth behind it, I am less sympathetic for the man being shot in the image.
 
2014-02-19 03:17:46 PM  

Ker_Thwap: People who glurge, expand, and otherwise make crap up always end up harming their cause.  Nothing new here.


Like the global warming crowd?
 
2014-02-19 03:18:08 PM  
Journalists, with only extremely rare exceptions, have already decided for themselves what story they want to tell you before they go on location/start reporting/looking for photo ops. And that's the story they tell, regardless. It's not quite fiction, but it's like those dramatized movies where it's starts out by saying "Based on true events".
 
2014-02-19 03:28:35 PM  

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.


Yeah... but it is that image of the sudden end of a person's life by another person is what is so shocking about it.  Even knowing that context, its still just "Bang! You're Dead!".
 
2014-02-19 03:32:51 PM  

Nacc: Benevolent Misanthrope: Well, yeah, subs - but who's going to RT a picture with that caption?  Jesus - think of the clicks for fark's sake.

Prey4reign: And the famous photo of the South Vietnames Police Chief, General Loan, putting a slug in the side of a captured Viet Cong during Tet, set off shockwaves of protest over the depraved nature of our allies in South Vietnam.  The context of that photo was that the VC had been caught during the height of fighting when tempers were a mite on edge to begin with and the VC in question was known to General Loan to have been involved in the massacre of South Vietnamese in a number of villages just outside Saigon.

Oh - it was vengeance, not sadism.  That makes it all fine and dandy, then.

No, not fine and dandy, but hearing the facts deflates some of the outrage. We applaud when given the entirety of a situation, a weary hero cop/detective has finally had enough of some villain's shiat and does the person in by their own hands, because we know that proper justice would not have been served otherwise, so, yes, it still stands as a poignant image forever, but with the truth behind it, I am less sympathetic for the man being shot in the image.


True, and it's the reason "Dexter" is so popular.

I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I grew up thinking - until very recently - that the guy being shot was South Vietnamese and the guy shooting was a dirty Commie.  That's what they told us in Baptist School, and I didn't question it.  Hearing that the sides are reversed also deflates some outrage, even though it really shouldn't matter.
 
2014-02-19 03:36:50 PM  

abhorrent1: Are people that farking stupid?

There are hundreds of people walking and they pick one kid in a gap and ZOMG they're abandoning their children!!!!

[static.guim.co.uk image 667x400]

Seriously. Can someone tell me who started this so I can crotch punch them until they farking die?



That's Journalism 101: if you don't have a story make one up
 
2014-02-19 03:40:04 PM  
"The Internet is a giant lie factory,"  reports Ric Romero after the break.
 
2014-02-19 03:44:35 PM  
Well, Syria's a pretty rough place. Maybe they were just dead on their feet.

/got nuthin
 
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