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Spot the Flaws in This BBC Gaza Footage

Via Tablet’s Adam Chandler. At first glance the background footage in this BBC report appears to show injured Palestinians stumbling away from Israeli military strikes. But watch a little closer starting at about 2 minutes into the video, and see if you can spot the inconsistencies. Here’s one to start you off: keep an eye on the supposedly wounded guy on the ground in the tan jacket who’s carried off by a group of men around 2:10 into the clip. Watch him pop back up a few seconds later in the footage, milling around off-set with a bored look on his face:

Chandler makes two other interesting catches. He adds:

With devastation raging in the Middle East right now–especially in Syria, where, according to reports, the death toll has now eclipsed 37,000–that the BBC would air footage that is so blatantly staged insults the victims of violence in places like Kiryat Malachi in Israel and Homs in Syria, where civilians were deliberately targeted today.

It’s unclear whether BBC produced this footage itself or through a stringer, but either way they should have saved it for the blooper reel. If history is any indication, we can expect a lot more of this in the coming days.



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