Wednesday, January 12, 2005

When is a Terrorist NOT a Terrorist?

Reuters (yes, Reuters) won a Dishonest Reporting 2004 award at HonestReporting.com in the fourth annual recognition of the most skewed and biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Reuters Admits Appeasing Terrorists
Refusing to call terrorist "terrorists," Reuters finally admits its refusal is motivated by fear of reprisals. Independent Media Review Analysis reports:

Reuters fears Terrorists -- so won't call them "Terrorists"
Reuters isn't the only one.

Why is this important?

Think of it. You hear on your evening news that five more people died in Israel today, two Palestinians and three Israelis. You might shake your head in despair.


But what's behind the news?

The two Palestinians were terrorists wearing heavy explosives designed to spray nails and screws. One accidentally blew himself up before he ever got to where he was going; the other was caught by the IDF at a check point but managed to blow himself up and so did significant damage to a couple IDF soldiers who happily weren't killed.

The three Israelis were a mother and two daughters driving home after buying groceries, killed by a sniper from a "sniper hut" in Gaza.

The IDF went in and bulldozed the sniper hut and several others nearby. These were shacks built solely for the purpose of shooting people on the road. This was reported as the Israeli Army bulldozing Palestinian "homes."

Remember, all you heard in your news bites was the death of two Palestinians and three Israelis, plus several Palestinian "homes" bulldozed by the Israeli Army.

No distinction was made between the armed terrorists (one was called a "freedom fighter") and the innocent civilians who happened to be a mother and young children.

You heard that the IDF invaded the Gaza strip and bulldozed more Palestinian "homes" but you didn't know they were really sniper shacks from which the Mother and daughters were killed, and no Palestinian families had ever been there.

Spend a few years (weeks?) listening to news coverage like this and you, too, will see Israel as a bully and Palestinians as victims.

Truthfully, news agencies feel they can't afford to inflame the Palestinians by reporting accurately. Reporters die when they call terrorists "terrorists."

As recently as today,
CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, disclosed continued uncorrected errors and unbalanced reporting from AP (Associated Press).
More AP Errors, No AP Corrections
You may feel you have no control over this kind of perverted news coverage, but really "you" are the one who can change it.

When we quit accepting biased coverage we will start getting truth.

HonestReporting.com and CAMERA both are set up to help you, gentle reader, become an activist and help change the world, all while reading your blogs.

Go for it. What have you got better to do with you blog reading time?

7 Comments:

Blogger M+ said...

I choose truth. That's why I seldom pay any attention to 'mainstream' news.

January 12, 2005 at 11:27 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

proponentofreason.blogspot.com

January 12, 2005 at 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why use the word terrorist at all? Call the people who perpetrate violence against others "people" or "criminals" or "war mongers" or "fanatics". The use of the word "terrorist" has created more fear and killing than I want to think about or hear about anymore. The Bush administration used it to fool a lot of people into approving of the Iraq war, which is a horror, pure and simple, which is terrorism of an order of its own. I have felt terrorized by the use of the word terrorist. That word is just bullshit propaganda. Drop it.

January 13, 2005 at 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it the most logic-deficient blog commenters never have the guts to post under their real name?

January 13, 2005 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Drae said...

Hehehe, Anonymous! How in the world could you post a comment like that without using any kind of name at all??

Why is it those who reject truth almost always resort to personal attacks?

There's a clue in here somewhere, isn't there.

January 13, 2005 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger American On Line said...

I tend to agree with anonymous Drae. We should drop it. This should be the "War on Murderers and Evil Killers."

I prefer the "murderer" and "evil killer" as those word hit closer to reality.

Using "terrorist" often underplays what the true nature of these animals is:

a terrorist merely inflicts terror, whereas a murderer or killer inflicts death and terror.

January 13, 2005 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Drae said...

UPDATE

Okay, I posted a whole post about the Anonymous comment (the first one). Thanks to American On Line for triggering that...

A Terrorist by Any Other NameAnd I see that I was a day ahead of Honest Reporting on the topic of this post! So if you want more...

The Re-cycled Distortion

January 14, 2005 at 12:11 AM  

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