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March 13, 2011

Israel to CNN: Apologize for Biased Coverage

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Earlier today Snapshots flagged the tendentious coverage by CNN and BBC of the massacre of the Fogel family. Now the Israeli government is taking the networks to task for their biased reports about the murders. Ynet reports:

Israel is demanding an apology from CNN over its coverage of Saturday's terrorist attack in Itamar claiming it was "tendentious and deceptive." Government Press Office director Oren Helman sent a letter to CNN's Bureau Chief Kevin Flower saying he was astonished at the network's coverage of the ruthless attack. A CNN website report avoided describing the event as a terror attack, noting that the Israel Defense Forces consider it an act of terrorism. "Only you decided to use the term terrorist attack in quotation marks, as if this were not necessarily the case," Helman wrote. "There is a limit to the extent of objectivity regarding such a horrific deed." . . .

The BBC also referred to the terrorist as an intruder in its report. "The family - including three children - were stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home, Israeli media reported," the BBC reported Saturday. Readers might deduce the family members died in a failed burglary attempt.

Posted by TS at March 13, 2011 01:48 PM


well, it is pretty obvious on whose side these outlets are. The only thing I am baffled with is why do self-proclaimed liberals don't go out against this one-sidedness employing the same vigorous terminology they often use against Fox news. The bottom line here is pretty simple: CNN is biased, and as such, one should avoid it, and if has absolutely no alternative, take whatever they say cautiously.

Posted by: E at March 14, 2011 01:01 PM

For a detailed examination and analysis of the media's pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel bias, I recommend reading "The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy" by Stephanie Gutmann.

Posted by: Mark Ira Kaufman at March 21, 2011 08:21 AM

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