| October 2003 »
Reuters' Anti-US Spin
From James Taranto:
Reuters, meanwhile, carries what should be an upbeat story about American soldiers teaching Iraqi orphans to play football, but can't resist throwing in this anti-American non sequitur: "None of the boys asked to play was orphaned as a result of the U.S.-led invasion in which an unknown number of Iraqi civilians were killed. U.S. efforts to restore order since the end of the war have floundered and postwar guerrilla attacks in which 80 U.S. soldiers have died have left troops wary of contact with locals."
Israeli Journalist Reflects
The Washington Post has a touching piece from an Israeli journalist struggling with her calling.
One section addresses Arab press coverage of Arab victims of terror:
One of the victims of the Cafe Hillel bombing in Jerusalem on Sept. 9 was a waiter, Shafik Karam, from Beit Hanina, a Palestinian Christian. The Palestinian press does not speak of acts of Palestinian terrorism, even when the terrorism hits Palestinians. The obituary said Karam, 27, had been "called by God" as a result of "an accident at his place of work," as though a tray had fallen on his head. The shrinking Christian community here feels its continued existence is uncertain and that no one represents them.
Buring the terror
Our communique of 9/29, "Rosh Hashana Nightmare," addressed BBC and Reuters coverage of the Negohot attack.
Here's more problematic coverage of this barbaric attack, which didn't make it into the communique:
-- Associated Press headlined their report: "Two Israelis, Attacker Killed in West Bank"
Note the moral equivalence between the “Israelis” (no mention of one victim being a baby) and the terrorist, both of whom were simply “killed.”
-- Henry Chu’s LA Times article, headlined “Palestinian Guns Down 2 in Jewish Settlement” had its headline curiously changed upon reprinting in the Boston Globe. The Globe headline: “Attacker kills 2 in Jewish settlement.”
Why did the Globe editors decide to remove the identity of the terrorist, while preserving the location of the attack -- a (supposedly ‘provocative’) “Jewish settlement”?
-- The Age (Australia) and The Telegraph (UK) bury this story at the very bottom of articles on other topics entirely.
The Telegraph describes the victims as “two Jewish settlers, including a baby girl.”
This bio encourages the reader to consider a seven-month-old baby’s place of residence some degree of “provocation” to her brutal murder.
Graffiti in Gaza
The New York Times posted a slideshow of the graffiti on Gazan walls. A disturbing reminder of the ongoing incitement to terror.
Bungled Reuters Headline
"Arafat Says He Wants Total Truce; Israel Rejects"
You have to read the article and see Arafat's strings attached to understand why Israel rejected such a "total truce."
AP finds terror!
Gavin Rabinowitz of AP has finally found some terrorism in Israel -- by Jews.
"Israeli authorities have detained nine suspected members of the Jewish terror cell, with three of those being charged."
Why do we so rarely see the words "terror" and "cell" next to each other when referring to Palestinians? Rabinowitz later refers to the cell as a militant group.
Another "T-word" editorial
The Washington Post has now joined the Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times, and Boston Globe in directly addressing the use of the word "terror" to describe Palestinian terror in news articles.
Like the Globe, the Wash Post finds a way to justify using the term "terrorists" to describe al Queda, but not Hamas.