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March 09, 2016

CNN Obscures Palestinian Attacker's Identity, Again

Yet again, CNN obscures the identity of another Palestinian attacker. Yesterday evening, Bashar Masalha, a 22-year-old Palestinian from the northern West Bank, went on a stabbing spree in the mixed Arab-Jewish city of Jaffa, killing Taylor Force, and wounding several more. As of this writing, CNN's headline about the attack is: "American fatally stabbed in Israel terror attack that wounds 10 others."

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The headline, in passive voice, fails to identify who stabbed the American, a key piece of information about the incident which was readily available. According to the time stamp, the post was last updated at 6:38 am GMT today. Some 12 hours before then, Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld had already confirmed that the attacker was Palestinian.

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In addition, the accompanying article buries the essential bit of information -- who carried out the attack -- in the 17th paragraph. The relatively few readers who make it that far learn:

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted that the attacker, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was fatally shot by police.

Then, incredibly, several paragraphs later, CNN explains that Israeli authorities blame Palestinians for a spate of terror attacks, as if it isn't actually certain that Palestinians are responsible for the spate of terror attacks.

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Finally, it should be noted, that in an earlier version of the article, the word terrorist appeared in scare quotes. (Screen capture is below.) Likewise, the original headline also referred to Taylor Force's killer as a "terrorist," with the qualifying quotes.

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Posted by TS at March 9, 2016 04:47 AM


Did you see this.
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process - Nickolay E. Mladenov condemns attacks in Israel yesterday without mentioning its the Palestinians who were committing the terrorist attacks and Israelis and Americans who were the victims of these terrorist attacks.
two links about this.

Posted by: Ken Kelso at March 9, 2016 08:00 AM

The Obama, Johnson DNC policy is to understate who terrorists are or even that they are terrorists if Islam is a fact of the crime. It took even longer for Johnson to come forth and pronounce the San Bernadino Islamists were in fact Muslim terrorists. That the same standard is applied by CNN a DNC propaganda tool indicates that they may perhaps give murdering "Palestinians" the same courtesy, perhaps because they are also Muslim?

Posted by: jeb stuart at March 11, 2016 08:07 AM

I strongly commend CAMERA for its excellent "watch dog" work and follow-up on so many media miss-quotes/statements/white-washed publications and false statements in the speeches from the anti-Israel and anti-semitic supposed leaders in the Arabic and European countries. What is Israel doing from a PR standpoint to spread the truth and counter the garbage out there?

Posted by: Dan at March 12, 2016 02:02 PM

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