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August 9, 2006

The MSM Weighs In On The MSM: 'Media bias in Lebanon: Rubes fall for the oldest trick in the book'

Jules Crittenden, a city editor at the Boston Herald, says the lesson of the Reuters photo fakery scandal is nothing any hapless once-bitten carnival mark couldn't have warned them about:

... Discredited photographer Adnan Hajj was employing the oldest and worst-kept secret in any con artist's bag of tricks: People will see what they want to see. They will believe what they want to believe.

... The question is, why would photo editors who presumeably are looking at a chronological series of photos from any given scene, fall for tricks that have been uncovered by amateurs?

... Because people see what they want to see. Magicians and scammers have known this since the time of the pharoahs. Psychological studies have confirmed it is true.

Continue reading, "Media bias in Lebanon: Rubes fall for the oldest trick in the book."

Crittenden seems to have nailed it, he's right on. People see what they want to see, and the majority of the MSM want to see both what sells and what fits their own socio-political agenda. Reuters and their ilk got played like a fiddle by the less-than honest photojournalists with their own ideological agenda, which in turn, Reutes and their ilk were all too happy to believe. After all, they saw exactly what they wanted to see.

Posted by Richard at August 9, 2006 11:17 AM

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