Evening chaps. I've been reading this board on the quiet for a couple of months now but have refrained from posting until now, mainly because I'm a civilian with no military experience. Bad manners an' all that. If you'd like me to go away say so and I will exit left forthwith. Anyway, on with the point: Here's an interesting link from someone who has analysed Hezbollah's methods of controlling the Western media to their own advantage. A little more sophisticated than handing out bundles of cash, more like a full scale film set: http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2006/08/qana-directors-cut.html ****************************** "I have called this post, "the director's cut", as that is what it is. The narrative here is of how the combination of Hezbollah's media management and modern photo-journalism has turned the recording of a tragic event into theatre, in the best tradition of Michael Moore. As best we can, we have pieced together the jumble of evidence which surrounded the production of the iconic photographs which were published around the world, and put them in perspective. Many of the photographs have been used before, some are new to this site and others are video "grabs". But it is not the pictures, per se, that tell the story, so much as their ordering and analysis. Make of this what you will, but I can assure you that you are not supposed to see them in this light. The "story" - for that is what it is - starts here, in the wreckage of the buiding at Qana which is performing the temporary and unwholesome function of a morgue. It is from here, that the bodies are extracted, the essential props of this theatre. And standing on the left of the frame is one of the two star characters of our story, Mr "White Tee-Shirt". With equal accuracy, though, we could call him Mr Hezbollah, for reasons which will become apparent. Mr "White Tee-shirt" is billed variously as a "rescuer" and "local resident". We see him in many pictures, very much at the centre of events. He has free, unchallenged access to the collapsed building, even though he is not in uniform and has no apparent formal role. But, although we see a lot of him, there is not a single picture of him digging or moving rubble. More often, he is standing around watching, like he is doing here. But for what?" ************************************* It appears, much to my admitted total lack of surprise, that Hezbollah and our media are engaged in a curious symbiotic relationship in which they feed from each other to their mutual advantage. Hezbollah get positive "hearts and minds" coverage - in the West, note, not in Lebanon - and our esteemed friends in the scribbling trade get another top story without having to do anything as degrading as actual research or, god forbid, work. You have to admire Hezbollah's media savvy (repeating another thread here, I know); rather less admiration for the news whores. Unbiased information my arrse.