Darkness At Noon

Even more fauxtography from AP and Reuters?

On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.

In the first case, journalists who were invited to cover the Hamas government meeting were surprised to see Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers sitting around a table with burning candles.

In the second case on Tuesday, journalists noticed that Hamas legislators who were meeting in Gaza City also sat in front of burning candles.

But some of the journalists noticed that there was actually no need for the candles because both meetings were being held in daylight.

“They had closed the curtains in the rooms to create the impression that Hamas leaders were also suffering as a result of the power stoppage,” one journalist told The Jerusalem Post. “It was obvious that the whole thing was staged.”


Note the sunlight streaming into the room, from behind the curtains.

Of course, this is far from the first time Reuters has been caught cooking the books in the Middle East. But hey, maybe Hamas are just big Sunday Night Football fans…

Update (1/26/08): Pajamas HQ notes:

Since this post went up, TIME has altered the caption on the photograph. Now it strikes a much more


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