This is a follow up to my earlier piece. I had no idea when I created this award that the competition for it would be so stiff.
After taking the “What to do When You’re Caught Faking News” correspondence class from the Dan Rather School of Journalism Ethics, Kathy Gannon of AP is the first winner of the Green Helmet Award.
Gannon won the prestigious award for her glowing piece on Green Helmet Guy himself.
BY KATHY GANNON, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 11, 8:31 PM ET
TYRE, Lebanon – After hours of digging in the blistering heat, Salam Daher emerged from the wreckage with the body of a 9-month-old baby, a blue pacifier still pinned to its nightshirt.
He held the infant up and, click, an Associated Press photographer snapped another picture of Daher, in his trademark green helmet, displaying a civilian victim of Israeli bombs for the world to see.
Daher, a member of the civil defense for 20 years, has been photographed with bodies of the dead in two wars now — first in 1996 and most recently with the baby on July 30 __ both times after Israeli attacks in the village of Qana six miles southeast of the city.
For that reason, some Web sites have labeled him the “Green Helmet,” and accused him of being a member of the Hezbollah guerrilla group, and of showing off bodies as propaganda.
“But that isn’t true,” he told The Associated Press….
I hate to break the news to her, but that is exactly what he has done.
The AP learned nothing from Rathergate. Just like Dan Rather, when the AP is caught red handed creating bogus news, instead of admitting they’ve been producing propaganda, they dig in deeper and go for the “Fake But True” defense.
“Sure he was using dead babies as grotesque props in a propaganda film -and we helped- but he really is a civil defense worker… Honest.”
Now Kathy, go get your tattoo so the next time you walk into a newsroom everyone will know you’re a worthless hack.