Media Put Anti-Israel Spin on Gaza Fighting

(National Review) Jack Wolfsohn - Israeli communities near Gaza had been locked down since Aug. 2 as Palestinian Islamic Jihad prepared to fire anti-tank missiles at Israelis near the border, when Israel launched a preemptive strike against PIJ terrorists on Aug. 5. Many media outlets put their usual anti-Israel spin on the story. The Associated Press ran a headline reading, "Israeli strikes on Gaza kill 10, including senior militant." The word "terrorism" is not mentioned once in the story. AP uses the euphemistic term "militants" to describe Islamic Jihad, also omitting the word "Palestinian" from the name. The AP also refers to Hamas, the terrorist group that runs Gaza, as "militant," although both groups are designated as terrorist groups by the U.S. government. The New York Times ran a headline that omitted any mention of Palestinian rockets, saying, "Israel Strikes Gaza as Tensions Rise." The article mentions the rockets in the second sentence of the subheading, saying, "Militants responded with a volley of rockets into Israel." The Times makes the 1,100-rocket barrage launched at Israeli civilians sound like a game. The fact that the media routinely view Israel's conflict with its terrorist neighbors through a lens that finds a moral equivalence between both sides is not only bad journalism, it's morally repugnant.

2022-08-11 00:00:00

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