Why Were Reuters Employees Hanging Out With Terrorists?

Posted on Sat 04/10/2010 by


By Andrew Bolt

TonyfromOz prefaces …..

This story from 2007 was cleverly made into something that it most definitely was not. It was reported in an outrageous manner that U.S. Airmen fired on civilians and journalists in a callous way. The video below explains how this story was twisted to sensationalise the story from a journalistic point of view to make it look like a peaceful group of civilians and journalists was attacked. One question that was definitely not addressed in the original story, and then the further report from a ‘shocked and outraged’ person seeking to further his own agenda at the expense of the Military, (in his view an easy target) was this one very important thing.

Why would the news agency Reuters embed journalists with a known Terrorist group in the first place?

Watch the video for the correct version of events, and see how the truth gets so easily distorted. The old adage applies here.

The first casualty of war is always the truth.

This was the latest atrocity story about the US in Iraq, as sensationally peddled by CNN:   …  

Two Apache attack helicopters, code-named Crazyhorse 18 and 19, headed out to help the ground troops clear insurgents from an area of the New Baghdad district of the Iraqi capital.

Forty minutes later, nine people in the street were dead, including a photographer and his assistant for the news agency Reuters. Two Iraqi children were injured, while U.S. forces suffered no casualties.

The engagement on July 12, 2007, gained international attention because of the deaths of the Reuters journalists.

Now, aerial footage from one of the helicopters made public by the Web site WikiLeaks has led to new revelations about exactly what happened in the sweltering heat that morning…

The video footage showed that one of two photojournalists killed was being rescued when the gunship’s crew fired on the van to which he was being carried. Saying the footage was still classified, Wikileaks contended it “clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers.”…

In a statement posted on the Reuters Web site Tuesday, the agency’s editor-in-chief, David Schlesinger, called the footage “difficult and disturbing to watch, but also important to watch.”

“I will continue to campaign for better training for the military—to help as much as possible to teach the difference in form between a camera and an RPG or between a tripod and a weapon,” Schlesinger’s statement said.

This was also the line gleefully taken by far-Left outfits such as Crikey, run byquality journalismcampaigner Eric Beecher:

Whistleblower website Wikileaks.org has released ‘decrypted’ video from a US Apache helicopter that appeared to show US forces in Iraq firing upon and killing at least 11 unarmed civilians who stopped to inspect an injured insurgent in 2007. Two children, not visible in the video, were also injured.

But here’s what Wikileaks didn’t say and Reuters needs to explain: the Reuters men were in a group of Iraqis carrying AK-47s and RPGs, used to shoot down American helicopters:

Wikileaks we already know is not credible. But Reuters needs to explain why its employees were embedded with terrorists, and how that might have affected their coverage.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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