Fake news is not new
A glaring example comes to mind for me. A couple of years ago I saw a TV news item by Orla Guerin of the BBC. She did a voice-over of a scene where a nice young Palestinian bloke was showing an Arab camera & sound crew around a damaged area after a battle during Operation Cast Lead, when the Israeli Defence Force entered Palestinian areas to fight Hamas.
The nice young man was filmed showing the crew some damage when we are told a shot from an Israeli sniper rang out. The young man is then shown lying on the ground and waving weakly for help. We do not hear the shot, we do not see him go down, nor see any blood. The crew withdraws and another piece of footage shows the now dead body of the nice young fella lying still. We are told he was shot again, fatally this time, by the same Israeli sniper. Despite the camera being apparently trained on him we do not see him get shot, we do not hear the shot, we do not see any blood.
Ms Guerin simply trusted her Palestinian crew to provide reliable footage and information. I'm sorry but I simply don't believe this story. What kind of sniper would carefully shoot an unarmed civilian with a camera crew only feet away? Would we expect a new Zealand soldier to commit such a crime? There are plenty of ex-IDF Israelis travelling around our country this time of year. Having got to know a few I find it no more likely that they would perform such an act than one of our fellas would. So why do we so easily swallow this story?
Remember Mohammed Al Dura, the little boy who was "shot" by "Israeli soldiers" in 2000 as he hid behind a barrel with his father? That whole episode may not be at all as it was portrayed to us. This 14 minute video will present some unsettling information for you.
Watch the Palestinian cameraman's explanations surrounding the infamous affair - because this may very well be how a Palestinian looks when he performs taqiyya.