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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let the Media Report from Somewhere Else

Because of the relative safety and security here (not to mention easy access to creature comforts and libations unavailable, or even forbidden, elsewhere in the region), most of the world's media outlets base their Bureau Chiefs and reporting staff for the entire Middle East here in Israel.

Although the close proximity and ease of access keeps Israel under a microscope, one would think it would at least have the benefit of ensuring accurate reporting.

One would be wrong.

As most of you are aware, two Palestinian terrorists broke into a Jerusalem Synagogue and Yeshiva this morning with guns and knives, murdering four worshipers and wounding seven others.

Aside from the media's usual rush to justify or excuse this savage attack, two of the most 'respected' media outlets got it so wrong that it is impossible to believe that these were honest mistakes.

First, CNN was in the midst of an interview with Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, when they put the following banner across the screen for viewers to see:



Yes, that's right, for those who had their TV volume turned down or who were not paying full attention to the interview, those savage Israelis had attacked a house of worship of the 'Religion of Peace'.

And as I type this, the New York Times still has the following as their front page online coverage:

NY Times Jerusalem Attack


Here's a closer look:

NYT Large

Note that nowhere in the article on the left does it mention who carried out the attack.  Not "Two Arab assailants...".  Not "Two Palestinian assailants...".  Just "two assailants armed with gun...".  And look at this!  Despite the availability of countless moving photos of the synagogue and victims, the Times editorial staff decided to run with a photo of two masked Israeli policemen wielding assault rifles... which could lead the uninformed (i.e. the Times' target audience) to surmise that it was these Israeli police officers  who had inexplicably carried out the attack on the Jewish worshipers!

Even when presenting information that is technically / factually correct, the media - NY Times chief among them - loves to arrange the written and visual information in such a way as to confuse the facts and vilify us.

There's an old saying, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you!"

The Palestinian terrorists I can't do anything about.  They are lower than animals, and such barbarity is in their nature.  But nowhere in international law does it say I have to compound my suffering by playing host to a foreign press bent on destroying my standing in the international community!

I think the time has come to give deportation orders to every last foreign journalist in the country.

I'm not kidding.  We give them unprecedented access and freedom of movement (as befits a modern, open democracy) and they still go out of their way to make us look worse than Al Qaeda and ISIS combined!

Seriously, the anti-semites of the world will hate us no matter what we do (or don't do).  But I see no reason to play host to a hostile media that spends a disproportionate amount of its time and resources trying to convert the rest of the world into anti-semites.

If the media is going to lynch us even when we are in-arguably the victim, let them do their reporting from somewhere else. 

I hear Damascus and Baghdad are nice this time of year.

Posted by David Bogner on November 18, 2014 | Permalink


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Posted by: SaraK | Nov 18, 2014 3:02:21 PM

It's a terrible thing that killing takes place anywhere. The media is never going to have all the facts correct. It's a constant learning of facts that keeps it going. Don't take it personal.

Posted by: Alan Laserson | Nov 18, 2014 7:53:49 PM

There's talk of stripping the terrorists' families of their Israeli citizenship and shipping them to Gaza. Of course, B'Tselem wouldn't allow this to happen, but it would be nice to parachute them into ISIS' gentle hands.

Posted by: Eliezer Eisenberg | Nov 18, 2014 10:08:46 PM

I cannot help but think that the dictum "if a man is coming to kill you, get up early and kill him first" applies nationally as well. We need to lose our compunctions against doing unto them before they do unto us.

Posted by: Rich | Nov 19, 2014 6:34:35 AM

Jumping to conclusions,when it comes to Israel,the media always seems to jump in the same direction.Maybe it`s time to revoke some media credentials as an opening move.

Posted by: ED | Nov 19, 2014 10:01:46 PM

The "old saying" is "Just because you're NOT paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you." Which is even more appropriate given the post you wrote. No, I'm not paranoid; they ARE out to get us!

Posted by: Preston Wilson | Nov 27, 2014 12:33:28 PM

Preston Wilson... Actually the exact quote is:

“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”

― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

I was paraphrasing it.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Nov 27, 2014 12:37:19 PM

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