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Tuesday, July 22 2008

Bulldozing the Headlines

A new bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem today left 16 people injured. The driver was shot dead.

Police describe this as a copycat attack from a similar attack earlier this month. Unfortunately, we're seeing copycat headline problems too. The BBC's first response to terror, as we critiqued last time around, is just as woeful. Here’s a screen grab we made from this page:


Vehicle attack? Sounds more like a silly video game than a Palestinian terror attack.

Unfortunately, the Beeb's not the only news service bulldozing today’s headlines:

Jerusalem Bulldozer Driver Shot Dead: Police

Tractor Driver Shot Dead in Jerusalem



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This is a joke already. Why is the BBC still allowed to report in Israel!!?

This type of journalism goes beyond bias and is contemptous of Israel.

If you check out News Sniffer you'll see that "New vehicle attack in Jerusalem" was only the first draft. Someone at the BBC then decided that quote marks were needed and the headline became "New vehicle 'attack' in Jerusalem". I guess "New vehicle defensive operation against the Zionist invaders in Jerusalem" didn't fit. There were further updates before someone had the sense to drop the quotes and the headline now reads "Israel hit by new digger attack".

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