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November 20, 2015

Who Killed Five Yesterday? CNN Won't Say "Palestinian attacker."



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In two articles about terror attacks that killed an American teen and several others yesterday, CNN assiduously avoided telling readers the identity of the attacker.

This seems to be a selective problem at CNN. The network had no trouble mentioning that “Jewish extremists” were thought to be responsible for a deadly arson in Duma recently. And after a gang of teens beat up a Palestinian in Jerusalem several years ago, CNN mentioned Jewishness no less than six times in one article.

But when Palestinian terrorists killed five people yesterday in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, CNN.com seemingly decided its reporting, and its readers, don’t need such detail. Having initially ignored the two fatal attacks, the news organization finally covered the story. But it pinned the West Bank attack on an “unidentified gunman.” And about the Tel Aviv attack, it mentioned only that “two people” — meaning two Jews — “were killed,” with the passive voice covering up the Palestinian identity of the attacker.

If the Jewish identity of attackers was relevant in those earlier reports — it was relevant, and was one of the basic five Ws of the story — then the Palestinian identity of yesterday’s attackers are equally relevant.

See also: "CNN Dances Around Palestinian Violence, Refuses to Identify Culprits," Oct. 14, 2015

Posted by GI at November 20, 2015 04:17 PM

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selective reporting, leaving out pertinent information to deceive is criminal! Report the news and stop with your one-sided deceptive view to manipulate people. you will loose your viewers

Posted by: sue at November 20, 2015 06:44 PM

That's absolutely correct. Thanks for drawing attention to this.

Posted by: aliza at November 21, 2015 08:16 AM

Part of the truth is a whole lie

Posted by: John at November 21, 2015 01:00 PM

Please put name of article and date so that it is easier to find so that others can send emails to show our animosity towards bias news reports. Thanks for all your hard work.

Posted by: Carol at November 22, 2015 12:01 PM

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