Friday, May 18, 2007

May 17 Media Critique:"Buried By the Media: Watch Sderot Under Attack "

HonestReporting complain that the latest Qassam attacks on Sderot have beenburied by the media”.

The media fails to do justice to the suffering of Sderot.

After all it was a major event, with one (1) person seriously injured. There were some other minor events, like the deaths of 40 Palestinians in factional violence and a further 10 killed in an Israeli bombing.

Now, in media-speak, “buried” has a very specific meaning; that a story has not been given the attention it deserves, getting little mention and no follow up and so disappears into obscurity.

So, just how buried was the Sderot story?

Unfortunately, HR had to begin by acknowledging that one of their favourite targets, AP, had a 2 page story on Sderot. Which of course disuaded them not at all from making their allegations.

CNN had this and this for follow up which included some video.

AFP had this , this and this.

Reuters covered the story here and followed it up with this.

Not only that, but look at this. IRIN News, news agency of the evil UN, covered the attacks with this story and then another!

OK, so there was plenty of coverage, but surely that bastion of anti-Israel media bias, the BBC, ignored this vital story? Close enough. The BBC could only manage a 40 sec video of Sderot showing damaged buildings and people being evacuated by ambulance. Typical.

Don’t you just hate this vast world-wide anti-Israel media conspiracy that has “buried” this story?

Thankfully we have courageous groups like HonestReporting to alert us to such awful media bias.