Remember how Reuters got suckered by “Green Helmet Guy” in Lebanon back in 2006?
Well, this time they got suckered by “White Shirt Guy” in Honduras:
Hunter Smith, reporting from Tegucigalpa yesterday,stated that
He did see an older man in a white shirt reach down into the blood pool and cover his hands. He then wiped them on his shirt to make it look like his blood or that he had been involved. Hunter saw what he thought was an AP photographer take the man’s picture. Hunter said if you see it on the web, don’t believe it. It was faked.
It didn’t take long: Tomas Bravo’s photo was up in no time, complete with caption,
Supporters of ousted Honduras’ President Manuel Zelaya, one of them with a shirt covered with blood, talks to people next to a bullet-riddled motorbike outside the Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa July 5, 2009. At least one person was killed and two were badly wounded in Honduras on Sunday when protesters demanding the return of Zelaya clashed with troops at the main airport in the capital, a medical worker and emergency services at the scene told Reuters. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo (HONDURAS CONFLICT POLITICS)
The situation in Honduras is dire enough: Ousted president Manuel Zelaya tried to land back in the country yesterday, having been flown in Venezuelan planes after canvassing the OAS and others in Washington. Zelaya flew in with UN Assembly General president Miguel d’Escoto, who considers Fidel Castro a saint. Two people in Honduras were killed in clashes with the military at the airport.
We certainly don’t need Reuters to add propaganda in their reporting.
Oh, and, by the way, Code Pink is in Honduras, too.
It’s deja vu all over again.