FauxPhotography: Did the windshield on the Reuters van magically heal itself? (Update: Shrapnel?) (Update: Windshield debunked)

Powerline has a theory. They’re wrong.


The crack is obscured in PL’s photo by the light reflecting off the glass.

Update: Click on the PL link and look at the Getty photo; you can see that the missile came through the roof over the passenger side in the front. SeeDubya and I originally thought it had come in through the back, but no. The point is, yes, that is the front windshield you’re looking at in the photo I posted.

Update: Ace IMs to say he thinks SeeDub and I are wrong and that that’s the back windshield because it appears to be angled straight down. You be the judge. I think I’m bowing out of the great Reuters van controversy.

Update: I’ll make this my last contribution to the debate. Pablo, one of our regular commenters, dug this up at the Bangkok Post and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it. It certainly contradicts my intel analyst’s theory that it was a rocket that hit the vehicle — and that the vehicle was deliberately targeted:

Five Palestinians including a Reuters Television cameraman and another photographer for Dubai Television were wounded before dawn Sunday by rocket fire from Israeli aircraft, witnesses and medics said.

Shrapnel from two missiles struck two cars including a Reuters’ vehicle.

Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said that several Israeli army tanks and armoured vehicles rolled into eastern Gaza City, backed by Israeli helicopters and reconnaissance drones.

The eyewitnesses said that the two camera operators were in a Reuters jeep heading to the area to cover the Israeli Army incursion into eastern Gaza City. They said that an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at people gathering in the Sheja’eya neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City as the Reuters’ car drove past nearby.

Shrapnel hit the car, wounding Faddel Shana’a of Reuters and Sabah Hemeida, who works for Dubai Television.

Update: Yeah, I think SeeDub and I are right. It’s the front windshield. Look how far back the rack on top of the van is in my photo. Compare that to the position of the rack on top of the van in the second photo posted by PL.

Update: Why fauxtography is a big story, Exhibit A.

Update: Why fauxtography is a big story, Exhibit B.

Update: Charles Johnson of LGF e-mails to point out this photo at Getty. Conclusive proof that the windshield was cracked.