Friday, December 25, 2009

Oscar for Berlusconi

The Italians posting videos to YouTube (here and here and here and the one embedded here) make an excellent case that the attack on Berlusconi was faked;
  1. the cameraman meticulously following Berlusconi's every move mysteriously turns away vaguely into the crowd just before the attack;
  2. you can see the swing of the attacker at Berlusconi, which misses him;
  3. Berlusconi immediately puts a black piece of plastic he had been holding in his hand (?) over his face (but in the moment before he does so you can see his face is unmarked);
  4. there is no blood above the plastic at first, but when Berlusconi emerges from his car there is a new smear of blood under his eye;
  5. his bodyguards spend some time obscuring our view while they apply the makeup in the car (and one may have a can of some spray-on substance);
  6. the makeup appears as caked and dried blood, not what you would see as the result of a very recent attack.

The trickery worked - Berlusconi's personal popularity in Italy soared after the attack.
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