Remember the photo of Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year-old Syrian boy injured during an air attack in Syria that went viral last week? Here’s video from the incident that shows what happened as young Omran was placed in the ambulance:
SPOTLIGHT ON MSM: Exploiting a kid for perfect picture always more important than helping kid get medical attention pic.twitter.com/l3MMYW8syX
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) August 20, 2016
Poor little guy. Here’s some of the reaction to the media circus, including accusations that the photo was staged:
Oh my God. https://t.co/0YLcAAopHg
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 21, 2016
This is so wrong, so common… in the biz it is called Staging. It is reprehensible. The camera does lie. https://t.co/f2CshZc7MH
— Steve Collier (@not_Collier) August 21, 2016
I want to hit every one of these people, hard. He's obviously shocked, confused, and he gets THAT? https://t.co/EiWQrJ5qw7
— KeepCalmAndDrawl (@FormerlyFormer) August 21, 2016
We're going to help you son, but first let's get those glamorous photos that make everyone sad. https://t.co/pZsppmP5yu
— )RadicalGreekBeard( (@BeardRadical) August 21, 2016
Truly horrific. https://t.co/F1GPBLWEaD
— (((LifebytheCreek))) (@lifebythecreek) August 21, 2016
And here’s the million-dollar question:
How long did they spend looking for the "perfect" child for the photo they "intended" to create? https://t.co/8fO6lD07rL
— Jellenne (@jellen805) August 21, 2016
Mahmoud Raslan, the man who captured the now-viral photo, wrote up the incident for the Telegraph:
The first survivor they picked up was Omran and I took my camera and started filming. I found out later that he is just four years old.
It was too dark for good footage but I continued to film and followed him.
The White Helmet carried the boy to the ambulance and laid him on the chair. I kept filming.