Saturday, October 25, 2014

Reports from Jerusalem attack highlight bias in mainstream media

This was a bad week for those who cherish freedom. The cold blooded murder in Canada, and the attack on Canadian symbols of democracy was a jarring reminder of of the vigilance required to keep terror at bay.  Wednesday's senseless terror attack on innocent bystanders waiting for the Jerusalem light rail served as a reminder that Israel has been the ground zero in the fight against  terror, since its very beginning.

On October 22, a  car plowed through a Jerusalem light rail station, killing a 3 month old infant, and wounding 8 others. The driver attempted to flee the scene but was gunned down by Israeli police.

The reaction of the mainstream media was shocking.

The Associated press reported the incident "Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem"

If not for a swift reaction by shocked commenters on media watchdog sites and social media, the deliberately  biased and misleading headline might still remain

‘Bias on Steroids’: This AP Headline Explains Why So Many Complain About Media Coverage of Israel

Little Baby Murdered And The Associated Press Goes Full Evil

A Case Study in Media Bias: Today’s Jerusalem Terror Attack

 Associated Press Assailed for Headline ‘Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem’ Following Infant’s Death in Terror Attack 

After Suspected Terror Attack Against Israelis, Early AP Headline Reported: "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem." 

From Commentary Magazine:

Indeed. CAMERA went on to note that about an hour later, the AP re-released the story with the following headline: “Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.” You’ll notice that this, too, is repellant behavior by the AP. Many others noticed as well, and said so. To say getting the truth from the AP on Israel is like pulling teeth would be an understatement. But finally, the truth appeared; the headline currently on the story is: “Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station.”

But the AP wasn’t alone. Scanning the BBC, I had noticed their initial headline (since changed as well): “Nine hurt as car hits pedestrians at Jerusalem station.” As the Jerusalem Post’s Seth Frantzman pointed out, the headline on the version he saw, and took a screenshot of, was “Car hits people at Jerusalem station.” Either the BBC was deliberately downplaying the story, or the editor in charge thought he was posting a story about an evil car magically becoming sentient only to lash out, like Black Sabbath’s Iron Man, at the humans around him.

Later in the day, after executives at the BBC located a shred of integrity hidden somewhere in the sofa cushions, that was changed as well. It now reads: “Jerusalem car ‘attack’ kills baby at rail station.” I say “a shred of integrity” because the BBC still saw fit to wrap “attack” in scare quotes. What are the options, here? Was it a car “love tap”? It was a terrorist attack, perpetrated by a member of a terrorist organization. 

The murderer of 3 month old Chaya Zissel Braun, has been identified as Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi . He has previously served time in jail and is the nephew of Hamas's late chief bombmaker, Mohiyedine Sharif.

Fatah has also glorified this heinous act and praised this as an act of "martyrdom'.  Another example of the new "unity" government at work


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