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3 years ago  ::  Oct 29, 2011 - 10:55PM #1
JAstor
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Sadly, such a website is necessary. It's bad enough that the Jew-baiters and ignorant find all sorts of Arabist blogs sites filled with outrageous unsubstantiated slander. Except for a few small-minded people, few take them serously. But Honest Reporting exists to address the issues in major and otherwise legitimate (or shall we say widely read) media outlets. Sadly, there is plenty of work for them to do.

This is a page people with an interest in the truth should bookmark and check into periodically.


Honest Reporting


It's latest expose is about a reporter at the Guardian who apologized post facto that her article expressed anti-Semitic bias... however her apology was worse in some ways....

 
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3 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2011 - 5:36AM #2
shmuelgoldstein
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We don't really expect much from these people.


We are fortunate that in the Hebrew press, when such biased information is published, the items are usually caught, or at least exposed pretty quickly.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2011 - 11:20AM #3
JAstor
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Oct 30, 2011 -- 5:36AM, shmuelgoldstein wrote:


We don't really expect much from these people.


We are fortunate that in the Hebrew press, when such biased information is published, the items are usually caught, or at least exposed pretty quickly.




The Hebrew press doesn't reach the rest of the world. That's why there's a need for this. 

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 9:54AM #4
JAstor
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The latest example of media short-sightedness (or bias)...


Very interesting slide show...



It All Started When Israel Fired Back… Again!


Haven’t we been here before? Palestinian terrorists launch or attempt to launch rockets from Gaza on to Israeli towns and cities and Israel responds.


So who is ultimately responsible? And which side is engaged in aggressive acts and which is carrying out defensive measures? You’d think it was obvious.


But not to some of the media covering abarrage of Palestinian missiles that killed one Israeli, injured a number of others and brought terror to the residents of Israel’s south.


Indeed, HonestReporting’s new slideshow “Defending Israel Against Claims of Excessive Force” contains many examples of the kinds of reporting repeated below.


MORE BBC BIAS


The BBC News site reported:


Five Palestinian militants have been killed in a number of Israeli air strikes on the south of the Gaza Strip.


The violence is the most serious since a major prisoner exchange deal earlier this month between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist militant group that governs in Gaza.


Melanie Phillips is on the case:


No mention of the Palestinian rocket attack on Ashdod last Wednesday. No mention of the 35 rocket attacks on Israel during the past day, nor the Israeli killed in Ashkelon. Instead, the BBC has given the false impression on its website that the Israelis initiated the attacks — and the only casualties it reported were Palestinian.


This website report was timed as ‘last updated’ at 1412 on Saturday. But even on the midnight Radio Four news bulletin just now there was still no mention of the rocket attacks on Israel over the past day, nor the murdered Israeli, nor of last Wednesday’s Grad attack – merely a vague and weaselly reference to Israel accusing the Palestinians of ‘carrying out recent rocket attacks’.


Phillips followed the progression of headlines and story updates on the BBC:


Anyone going to the BBC website a little later, however, will have seen this item, last updated at 08:38 GMT:


Ten killed in Israel-Gaza attacks


An Israeli man has been killed by a rocket attack from Gaza after nine Palestinian militants were killed by Israeli air strikes on the south of the Gaza Strip. ‘


This was of course quite wrong. The Israeli was murdered in Ashkelon by rocket fire from Gaza following a sequence of events which started last Wednesday with a Grad rocket attack from Gaza on Ashdod. That was followed by an Israeli strike on Gaza targeted at the Islamic Jihad cell which Israel said had carried out Wednesday’s attack and which, it said, was preparing to fire more long-range rockets. That strike in turn was used as the excuse for the barrage of rockets from Gaza yesterday which killed the Israeli in Ashkelon.


So anyone clicking on the BBC News home page and just scanning the headlines there would have received the entirely false impression that the Israeli had been killed because the Palestinians were retaliating to aggressive Israeli attacks.


FAULTY CHRONOLOGY


According to the Financial Times:


The weekend escalation was triggered by an Israeli air strike on Saturday that left five members of the Islamic jihad militant group dead. …


The initial Israeli air strike was apparently connected to the firing of a Grad-type rocket at Israel by an Islamic jihad cell three days earlier.


Just how many rockets does it take for the FT to be convinced that Israel is within its rights to take action?


And what of the Grad rocket fired on Wednesday?


We do not like to reproduce terrorist propaganda videos but the one below from Islamic Jihad demonstrates just how sophisticated and threatening this weaponry is in the hands of Palestinian terror organizations.


Here, Islamic Jihad claims that for the first time a multi-barreled cannon was used to fire towards Israel.


HORRENDOUS HEADLINES


Some headlines engaged in promoting a narrative of “exchanges of fire” or “back-and-forth violence”:


Other headlines employed the active tense to describe Israeli measures while describing Palestinian terrorists (or “militants” in media-speak) in passive terms, leaving the reader under the impression that Israel is the chief aggressor:


And if an Israeli air strike targets terrorists about to launch rockets, who exactly has broken a “ceasefire”?



THE “CYCLE OF VIOLENCE” AND FALSE MORAL EQUIVALENCE


According to The Guardian, violence just seems to occur in some sort of vacuum:


spiralling round of Israeli air strikes and rocket fire from Gaza claimed the lives of nine Palestinian militants and one Israeli civilian on Saturday following weeks of relative calm.


And in a later article:


The weekend’s cycle of violence began when the Israeli air force targeted a group of militants in southern Gaza on Saturday, claiming the militants were preparing to launch long-range missiles into Israel.


According to CNN:


At least 10 people are dead in Gaza and southern Israel, in a wave of back-and-forth attacks between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants, according to medical and military officials.


Credit to Tim Marshall of Sky News who, in his usual informed manner, says:


Dozens of Grad missiles had been fired into Israel since last Wednesday killing one man and wounding several other civilians. About a dozen cars were destroyed and several buildings damaged. …


After Islamic Jihad fired the first salvo in this latest round of violence Israel responded with air strikes.


VIDEO: TERRORIST SQUAD PREPARING TO LAUNCH ROCKET FROM GAZA

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 11:36AM #5
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I posted the same article in the hot topics forum for the benefit of one of our posters who insists that the BBC is a credible new source for information on the middle-east and the Arab/Israeli conflict.  Of course from that posters point of view the BBC is pro-Israel , since it allows for the possibility that Israel actually exists and ought to exist.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 11:41AM #6
JAstor
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Oct 31, 2011 -- 11:36AM, rocketjsquirell wrote:


I posted the same article in the hot topics forum for the benefit of one of our posters who insists that the BBC is a credible new source for information on the middle-east and the Arab/Israeli conflict.  Of course from that posters point of view the BBC is pro-Israel , since it allows for the possibility that Israel actually exists and ought to exist.




Unbelievable.

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 2:34PM #7
JAstor
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This is an amazing headline!


Gaza truce holds, but shaky after rockets hit Israel APF


Let's translate that headline. Hamas firing rockets into Israel is not a breach of the truce. It's still holding. What would be a breach? Israel retaliating!


Unbelievable!

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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 4:51PM #8
rocketjsquirell
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And then there are our friends at the NYT - a supposedly liberal paper - which isn't liberal at all -


October 31, 2011


New York Times Makes Rocket Attacks Disappear with Smoke, Mirrors, Euphemism


Readers of the New York Times today are unwitting witnesses to a remarkable vanishing act. Reporters Isabel Kershner and Fares Akram take the reality of hundreds of rockets rockets and mortars fired toward Israel from Gaza in 2010 and 2011 and, with deft slight of hand, make it disappear:



Hamas has largely maintained the fragile cease-fire that went into effect after Israel ended its three-week military offensive in Gaza in early 2009. The smaller factions in Gaza are less committed, but are under pressure from Hamas to comply.



"Less committed to a ceasefire" is apparently the newspaper's new euphemism for "responsible for incessant and indiscriminate rockets attacks." In 2010, Palestinians fired 365 rockets and mortar shells toward Israel, according to Israel's count.


Through September of this year, another 566 rockets and mortar shells were launched by Gaza-based groups, including Hamas, according to Shabak monthly reports.


That's nearly 1,000 projectiles in less than two years. Or, if you're a New York Times reporter and editor abandoning facts and precision for euphemism, it's just an imperfect commitment to a cease-fire.


article:


blog.camera.org/archives/2011/10/new_yor...



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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 4:57PM #9
Shusha
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I keep wanting to respond to this thread.  But I'm too stunned to even wrap my head around it.  Unbelieveable.


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3 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2011 - 5:21PM #10
JAstor
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Oct 31, 2011 -- 4:57PM, Shusha wrote:


I keep wanting to respond to this thread.  But I'm too stunned to even wrap my head around it.  Unbelieveable.



What's amazing, Shusha, is that you are one of the few non-Jews that seems to comprehend the depth of disinformation campaign against Israel. It's like the rest of the world is living in "The Matrix" and has no comprehension. 


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