Monday, December 19, 2016

Caricaturing Reality

Does Fairfax cartoonist Cathy Wilcox, I wonder, actually read the paper she works for (or any paper for that matter)?

Her 15/12/16 cartoon on Aleppo shows a sea of corpses stretching as far as the eye can see. She depicts Asad and Putin standing among them, with the former (clutching a gun) saying, "There. We saved Aleppo."

In the unlikely event that she read today's Sydney Morning Herald (Telegraph, London, Reuters) report on Aleppo, did these words give her pause for thought:

"Reports and rumours continued to swirl of field executions by Shiite militia fighters against civilians... Several Aleppo residents said they had heard of people being shot dead at a Hezbollah checkpoint, but the story could not be confirmed." (Cold the new killer for youth of Aleppo, Raf Sanchez, 19/12/16)


Grappler said...

I have stopped believing anything the Western media says about the Syrian conflict with their reliance on such sources as SOHR, Bellingcat, and White Helmets. They have consistently lied to us. If a reader is really are interested in the truth about Syria I recommend:

Among the latest news there is a report (from "loyalist" sources) of 14 "NATO" personnel being found on a bunker in East Aleppo by SAA. This situation is still not clear and more likely coalition (US/Qatar/UK/France/SA/Israel) but names include one American.

MERC said...

I'm currently reading Tim Anderson's The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change & Resistance (2016). Well worth a read. He's an academic at the University of Sydney.

Grappler said...

Definitely reading, MERC: