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legitimate journalism turns into war propaganda: the case of Joseph Panossian

the following fierst put up at a blog site (see below) shows how the story of the captrue of two israelis soldiers 'evolved'. Whether this is the work of Joseph Panossian or some creative subeditor has yet to be determined.
PLease investigate.
I wish to draw everyones attention to the following, to which my attention has been drawn: how Joseph Panossians's (Associated Press) story changes from legitimate newspiece to war propaganda.

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1.
July 12 5.41 am

Hezbollah Captures 2 Israeli Soldiers
By JOSEPH PANOSSIAN , 07.12.2006, 05:41 AM


The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli
soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in
southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from
Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to
look for them.

The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors
from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli
government officials said on condition of anonymity.

The Israeli military would not confirm the report.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called an
emergency Cabinet meeting and said Lebanese guerrillas
would pay a "heavy price" for Wednesday's attacks.

"These are difficult days for the state of Israel and
its citizens," Olmert said. "There are people ... who
are trying to test our resolve. They will fail and
they will pay a heavy price for their actions."



Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published broadcast,
rewritten, or redistributed

 link to www.forbes.com

NOTE THIS FIRST REPORT HAS ISRAEL SAYING 'NO COMMENT'


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2.
July 12 7.09 AM ET

Hezbollah captures 2 Israeli soldiers By JOSEPH
PANOSSIAN, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jul 12, 7:09 AM ET

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Hezbollah militant group
captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes along the
Lebanese border on Wednesday, triggering an Israeli
assault with warplanes, tanks and gunboats as Israeli
troops crossed the frontier to hunt for the captives.


Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the
guerrilla attack "an act of war" and warned that
Hezbollah would pay a "heavy price" for its actions.

etc

 link to news.yahoo.com

ISRAEL NOW READY WITH COMMENTS: AND 'ACT OF WAR'
DECLARED
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3.
July 12 4.13PM ET

Israel hits Lebanon after soldiers grabbed By JOSEPH
PANOSSIAN, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jul 12, 4:13 PM ET


BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah militants crossed into
Israel on Wednesday and captured two Israeli
soldiers. Israel responded in southern Lebanon with
warplanes, tanks and gunboats, and said eight of its
soldiers had been killed in the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the
soldiers' capture "an act of war," and his Cabinet
prepared to approve more military action in Lebanon
a second front in the fight against Islamic militants
by Israel, which already is waging an operation to
free a captured soldier in the Gaza Strip.

Israel, however, appeared determined to win freedom
for its troops with a show of force.
ETC

 link to news.yahoo.com

STORY UNDERGOES FURTHER EVOLUTION: CAPTURE TOOK PART
IN ISRAEL, AND ISRAEL NOW DECLARES ITSELF A
SELF-RIGHTEOUS VICTIM
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This is charting of the evolution of a legit newsitem
into war propaganda, shown first at
 link to representativepress.blogspot.com

is crucial to our case...

Now, theres no guarantee that all these pieces with his name are by Panossian, and not some sub-editor doing some creative editing. But at least Joseph Panossian should be confronted with this
evidence and made to explain himself.