Reuters is not alone in fabricating facts when it comes to reporting hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians – a U.N. (yes, The United Nations) media official has joined the club.
Khulood Badawi (@KhuloodBadawi), an Information and Media Coordinator for OCHA – the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, on March 10 2012 posted a Tweet: "Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by #Israel… Another father carrying his child to a grave in #Gaza," with a link to a photo of a blood-covered Palestinian girl being carried by a man.
This photo is now the top tweet for #Gaza, with over 300 retweets. But…
It is completely false!
The photo was actually taken in 2006 by Reuters. The girl was injured in an accident by falling off a swing and died.
Reuters had originally reported that the girl was killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza, but later retracted that claim and published a corrected caption to the photo.
In 2011, General Motors (GM) has sold about 8,000 Chevy Volts – its electric car.
For each Volt sold – the Federal Government in 2011 has spent $7,500 in tax credits – a total of about $60 million.
Obama’s new budget calls for raising the federal tax credit to $10,000 for 2012.
Some states (such as Utah, Colorado, Maryland and others) are offering additional tax credits on top of the Federal tax credit, with Illinois topping them all with its own $7,500 tax credit.
Who is getting all these Government hand-outs?
“The Volt appeals to an affluent, progressive demographic,” (in other words: rich Liberal yuppies) says Bill Visnic, senior editor for Edmunds.com “It’s rare. It’s hard to get one. … It’s the same reason that people buy the really rare exotic cars: Because other people can’t have one.”
GM says the average income of Volt buyers is $175,000 a year.
But on March 2, 2012 GM has announced it will lay off 1,300 employees and halt production of Volt due to excessive supply and low demand.
To sum it up:
- Government ads $60,000,000 to the nations’ debt
- Government chooses who gets the perks – affluent progressive Liberals
- 1,300 employees are out of work – a ‘return’ of $46,000 per laid-off employee