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February 18, 2014

CNN Propaganda - "Lone Kid In The Desert" Edition

Yesterday Hala Gorani, "Anchor, CNN's International Desk", tweeted this:


The "4 year-old crossing desert alone" was retweeted over 7,500 time.

But this picture did not look quite right and some people digged into the story. Was that kid really alone in the desert?

Here is a wider shot as provided by Andrew Harper, "UNHCR's Representative to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan".


The real picture, showing the kid was just following a large group, was retweeted, as of now, only some 150 times.

Posted by b on February 18, 2014 at 8:07 UTC | Permalink


Mahalo, b...! As Twain once said... "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Posted by: CTuttle | Feb 18 2014 9:03 utc | 1

I always rely on unverified Internet postings for all mz news and informations needs.

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, but the Internet can fool almost anyone anytime."

-Abraham Lincoln

Posted by: ralphieboy | Feb 18 2014 10:34 utc | 2

Like Lou used to say, "Don't believe half of what you see and none of what you hear".

Via : Constructing the anti-government "protests" in Venezuela through deception - A photo gallery.

Posted by: Juan Moment | Feb 18 2014 12:02 utc | 3

Like Matthew Lee posted in ICP, his family was only 20 paces away .
The MSM in bed with the Govt and the UN.

Posted by: Yul | Feb 18 2014 15:29 utc | 4

Yup, the Spectacle just never ends.

In other Spectacle News of the Day:

Ukraine fake-protestors are again stirring the pot - at least one person has died - with this bit of hilarity from the story:

Radical far-right extremists taking an active part in the clashes are chanting “Fascists!” to police.

And Zionist war criminal scum Kerry doubles down regarding Syria with these statements which again speak to the complete and total fantasy land that the West is living in and is trying to spread to the rest of the World:

The regime stonewalled. They did nothing except continue to drop barrel bombs on their own people and continue to destroy their own country. And I regret to say they are doing so with increased support from Iran, from Hezbollah and from Russia."

"As for Assad, who says he wants to talk about terrorism, Assad himself is a magnet for terrorists. He's the principal magnet of the region for attracting foreign fighters to Syria.

"Moreover, Assad himself is engaging in state-sanctioned terror against his own people. When you indiscriminately drop bombs on women and children, when starve people and torture people by the thousands, those are acts of terror."

Now, Bret, we have some breaking news concerning that scared little boy who was found wandering by himself in the desert. It appears that he is actually a Ukrainian refugee who has walked all the way from Maidan to fight side by side with the peaceful protestors of Syria. The little boy's mother was brutally killed by Qadafy in Libya back in 2011 but then was able with the help of Amnesty and HRW to find a foster home in Ukraine only to have the fascist thugs of Yanukovych brutally imprison his foster family for listening to P*ssy Riot albums. Hearing that his long lost step-brothers were fighting to overthrow the brutal Assad dictatorship in Syria, little Saadiq left the Ukrainian barricades and has been walking ever since:

"The worst was when Hezbollah tried to kidnap me and take me to Iran", remembers Saadiq, "If that noble IDF patrol had not dispersed the thugs I may have ended up in Assad's torture palace just like my second cousin once-removed Allah rest his soul."

Back to you Bret who I think has some updates on the brutal government crackdown against defenseless protesting kittens happening right now in Venezuela....

Posted by: JSorrentine | Feb 18 2014 15:34 utc | 5

* The other Western media including Time Online, BBC and many European media outlets are not any better (see this site: for more pictures). When protested by Chinese netzens, the explanation given by CNN is that the picture is too large and they have to crop it. CNN must think the Chinese netzens are so stupid as to believe that CNN knows how to crop a photo but doesn't know how to re-size it. *

Posted by: denk | Feb 18 2014 16:03 utc | 6

The guardian actually had the "true" story on its front page for a second. Be that as it may but from time to time they mix some real info into the propaganda stream.

Posted by: peter radiator | Feb 18 2014 16:30 utc | 7

You might just have a Great American Novel plot there. Hilarious.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 18 2014 18:22 utc | 8

You might be interested in this wonderful series of honest reporting and truth, and nothing but thruth by zato and puppet and satellite media.

Posted by: Mr. Pragma | Feb 18 2014 18:29 utc | 9

I see that UNWRA corrected CNN. Another source suggested that UNWRA was the source of the initial misinformation. Do you know where it started?

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Feb 18 2014 20:47 utc | 10

the professional media has descended from any form of ethic into absolute furious chaos of lies deceit and utter bull

because people are conditioned trust authority and admire professinal, they think lets take the bull one step further

Posted by: brian | Feb 18 2014 21:34 utc | 11

The guardian actually had the "true" story on its front page for a second.
Posted by: peter radiator | Feb 18, 2014 11:30:33 AM | 7

probably an error!

Posted by: brian | Feb 18 2014 21:36 utc | 12

Andrew Harper shouldn't be given credit for debunking the photo. He was the one who posted it in the first place. And you can see in the tweet above someone else did the work on the pic while Harper is just sharing it.

Harper's original tweet said the child had been "temporarily separated" from his family but the photo made it seem he was out in the desert by himself. Harper is defending himself by saying he never used the term "alone" and that that was a term retweeters and media were using. But look at his tweet of 1/22 - it's a photo of a five y.o. girl in the exact same situation. And in it Harper says she is "alone".

Posted by: J. Bradley | Feb 18 2014 22:19 utc | 13

Plot twist: his mother is Jessica Lynch

Posted by: guest77 | Feb 19 2014 0:16 utc | 14

I see that UNWRA corrected CNN. Another source suggested that UNWRA was the source of the initial misinformation. Do you know where it started?

After UN Spins Syria Desert Photo, ICP Asks UNHCR What It's Learned

Posted by: hans | Feb 19 2014 13:15 utc | 15

Yeah just at first blush you can tell the kiddo is not alone, because the adults around him are total equipped, superbly dressed, fit, and rich. With caps and logos and no doubt big back-up!

Moreover, if a child is discovered hiding out, starving, or in terrible conditions, like death approaching, grave injury, marching blindly (which they don’t do! - they stay put on the whole) there aren’t ppl just standing around or bending down to dialogue, as one might do in a tourist situation towards a child who begs for money, pencils, food, etc. and offers the ‘big sister.’

No matter how hardened and cynical they are, usually (there are exceptions, but we are talking published pix here) they group around the child, pick him or her up, and do their best, which gives a very confused scene. They don’t turn away or just carry on with their own biz.

This photo is calculated to appeal to ppl who are used to (or imagine) the scene where a lovely tot is lost wandering around in a mall or supermarket, which is what most ppl who see these pix experience. That is the way you act then: bend down, question, then alert the Store. With others sort of vaguely hanging around.

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 19 2014 19:20 utc | 16

These days, any journalist signing up with a main stream media outlet knows, or at least ought to know, that he or she just sold their vocational soul. Out the window are those grand ideas they harbored when they started out their journalist career, of how they are going to uncover plots and machinations and how they will report nothing but the truth.

On my popularity scale MSM journos are on par with politicians, somewhere between mosquitoes and parking inspectors. Is it because they are closet fascists themselves agreeing more or less anyway with the top floor's sociopathic line of thinking or are they knowingly reporting bullshit coz they need the job and its salary? Which ever way, they collectively have no integrity and write whatever the corporate ownership dictates.

And it just keeps getting better:

The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms

First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place "researchers" in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?

As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren't menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn't supine enough.

Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs" is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.

Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its "researchers" to newsrooms across America to seek their "voluntary" compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as "wade into office politics" looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.

Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC's conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents). Read More [...]

Mushrooms, keep them in the dark and feed them shit.

Posted by: Juan Moment | Feb 20 2014 0:19 utc | 17

On my popularity scale MSM journos are on par with politicians, somewhere between mosquitoes and parking inspectors.

Worse. Far worse.

Pols are still a tiny bit accountable, in the sense that what they ‘say’ or publish as their opinion is still somewhat taken into account. Not that they aren’t liars, fudgers, despicable, etc. They are obligated to take at least a few public stances to keep their jobs and these go on the record.

Mosquitoes are a fact of life, parking inspectors probably just do their job to feed their family, say.

The MSM is the pits of snide, sneaky, manipulations, outright lies, with full understanding of what they do. (Though Joe Intern is just admiring and subservient, hoping to be accepted..)

The height of entitled cynicism, fakery, scoff-law laughter, cosying up to the powerful, snickering and spinning, above it all - for a pool and a private school for the kiddies.

One needs to add, justified in their hubris.

They present the ‘narrative’, the spin, the pictures, the talk around it, and thus hold (and behind the scenes claim) huge power while cleverly remaining in the shadows.

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 21 2014 17:00 utc | 18

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