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The Subtle Art of Unobtrusive Falsification (1. Header Composition)

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Header: "IDF using nerve gas in Gaza."
Text: "According to the medical report (procured by the International Middle East Media Center - IMEMC), "the gas used against the protestors is not tear gas but possibly a nerve gas."

Oh, "possibly", I see. Says who? Where did BuddistPunk get this from? From a funny-ass bullshit-filled outlet (Cockburn et al.)

But it's not their news either, they too quote from somewhere else. Who they refer to? IMEMC? OK, what's IMEMC? A funny-ass palestinian propaganda outlet.

But still let's check: a search on http://www.imemc.org/archive.htm for "nerve gas Gaza IDF" results in an enthusiastic "Your search did not match any documents." Oh. We can't find the original. Moving on then:

Was the same "news" reported by any solid media source? Nope.

Is it likely that Israel (or anyone, for that matter) would use nerve gas to disperse a demonstration? A rhetorical question.

Hmmm...