The story circulating by email that CNN's pictures of Palestinians celebrating the recent terrorist attacks on America
are a hoax is itself bogus.
The claim that the pictures of the Palestinians were in fact 10-year-old archive footage was first made in a posting to
the alternative news website Indymedia.org but has since been recanted by the original author of the post.
This hasn't stopped it being bounced around the world by email, says Russell Brown, presenter of the National Radio show
"I'm even starting to get emails claiming the information came 'straight from the BBC'," says Brown. "I'm a big believer
in the power of email, but in this case it's fostering a kind of global Chinese whispers. Whatever valid criticisms of
CNN's coverage there may be, this isn't one.
"I was concerned to see the Sunday Star Times' TV reviewer Peter Hawes repeat the story as fact in yesterday's paper. I
enjoy Hawes' writing, but he just has it wrong this time."
Links to background information on the CNN rumour and others that have sprung up since the attacks have been posted on
the Mediawatch website at http://www.mediawatch.co.nz