New York Times: All the news Hamas wants printed
Noah Pollak reports that the New York Times' coverage of Operation Protective Edge is complying with Hamas' rules
for what it wants published
A review of the Times's photography in
Gaza reveals a stark contrast in how the two sides are portrayed. Nearly
every picture from Israel depicts tanks, soldiers, or attack
helicopters. And every picture of Gaza depicts either bloodied
civilians, destroyed buildings, overflowing hospitals, or other images
of civilian anguish. It is as one-sided and misleading a depiction of
the Gaza battle as one can imagine.
Today's Times photo essay contains
seven images: three of Gaza civilians in distress; one of a smoke plume
rising over Gaza; and three of the IDF, including tanks and attack
helicopters. The message is simple and clear: the IDF is attacking Gaza
and harming Palestinian civilians. There are no images of Israelis under
rocket attack, no images of grieving Israeli families and damaged
Israeli buildings, no images of Hamas fighters or rocket attacks on
Israel, no images of the RPG's and machine guns recovered from attempted
Hamas tunnel infiltrations into Israel.
Another report yesterday was accompanied by a single image: that of a dead child in a Gaza hospital.
A second report yesterday,
ostensibly about Hamas tunnel attacks on Israel, bizarrely contained
not a single picture related to those attacks. The three pictures it
contained presented the same one-sided narrative of Israelis as
attackers, Palestinians as victims. One picture showed an IDF artillery
gun firing into Gaza; a second showed Palestinian mourners at a funeral;
a third showed Palestinians waiting in line for food rations.
Indeed, a check of the Twitter feed of the Times’s
photographer in Gaza shows not a single image that portrays Hamas in a
negative light. It's nothing but civilian victims of the IDF.
Likewise, the Twitter feed
of Anne Barnard, the Beirut bureau chief for the Times
currently "reporting" from Gaza, is almost entirely devoted to one
thing: anecdotes, pictures, and stories about civilian casualties.
Perusing her feed, one would think there are simply no terrorists in
Gaza who started this war, who are perpetuating it, who are
intentionally attacking Israel from neighborhoods and apartment
buildings and thereby guaranteeing the very civilian casualties Barnard
appears so heartbroken over.
Unfortunately, a lot of people in America still regard the Times as a - if not the most - reliable news source. They are living a myth.
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, Gaza, Hamas, IDF, New York Times, Operation Protective Edge