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article imageOp-Ed: Mitt Romney quits, but can you believe what you see?

By Alexander Baron     Sep 3, 2012 in Entertainment
Some wit has recently uploaded a video to YouTube that shows Presidential candidate Mitt Romney throwing in the towel. Although this is an obvious if amusing fake, there is a message behind it.
No, the message is not that Romney should throw in the towel, though anyone who does vote for him should be aware that war with Iran - or worse - is a distinct possibility if what he says about the Middle East is to be taken at face value.
The offending video can currently be viewed above, and its message is that you shouldn't believe everything you watch the same way you shouldn't believe everything you see, everything you read, or everything you hear.
With the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks coming up, it would be well to note that there is considerable fake footage of those attacks being peddled by conspiracy mongers to support their false flag nonsense.
One incredibly sophisticated video presented by an earnest looking gentleman (who like Clive Stafford Smith has an impeccably English accent) claims the Twin Towers were hit not by planes but by something else. Don't believe a word of it, and don't believe your eyes.
Many documentaries and news programmes stage things for the camera. How many times have you seen a reporter knock on a door, the door opens, the parties shake hands and exchange greetings, then the reporter walks into the building. Now stop and ask yourself, how come the camera switched to a behind the door shot?
Of course this sort of thing is not only obvious but innocuous. It isn't always though. Fake and staged film has a history almost as long as the real thing, as does fake photography, and forged documents long predate the invention of the printing press.
Finally, while forged documents of all descriptions can appear genuine, so can genuine documents appear false, like the scan of President Obama's birth certificate that was published by the White House. What many people don't seem to realise is that photography is more art than science; "blowing up" an image of a man photographed half a mile away will not show the buttons on his jacket, but grain.
So how can we tell if a film, a photograph or a document is genuine? In his 1982 book The Black Game, the former World War Two propagandist Ellic Howe wrote: “If it's printed it's true and if one can find a plausible excuse for using or faking a rubber stamp impression on the printed document, then it must be doubly true!”
There's your answer, if in doubt, ask the government. After all, they would never lie to us, would they?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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