Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Huffington Posts' Lying Headline

The shrill headline on the Huffington Post reads:

Israel Gaza Blockade: Calories Calculated By Israelis To Force Malnutrition 

Yet that's not what the body of the article says. Not by a long shot.  In fact, its quite the opposite
The article reads:

JERUSALEM, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Israel calculated the number of calories Palestinians would need to avoid malnutrition under its blockade of the Gaza Strip, according to a study which the Supreme Court forced the government to release.

 "Avoid" malnutrition. Not "force" it.

The study, "Food Consumption in the Gaza Strip - The Red Lines", estimated the required daily calorie intake in the territory at 2,279 per person.  Apparently the  calorie calculations were based on a model formulated by Israel's Health Ministry and were  in line with average Israeli consumption.

Here's a screen shot of the deliberately misleading headline


The Huffington Post has a reputation for  demonizing Israel- and has spawned a  website "Huffington Post Monitor"  that exists to debunk its lies.  How long with this hateful and misleading headline remain?  Your guess is as good as mine.

The answer is less than 24 hours.  As of today, a corrected headline appears, as well as this statement:

Correction: The original version of this article had a headline of "Israel Gaza Blockade: Calories Calculated By Israelis To Force Malnutrition." This version has been corrected to reflect the text.

Here's a screen shot of the new headline

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