Wednesday, February 06, 2008

February 6 Media Critique: “Guardian Video: One Minute, One-Sided”

A Guardian video serves as a Hamas propaganda piece.

How it does this isn’t too clear. The video features one short statement from a PA and a Hamas spokesperson. In addition, the bombing was carried out by a splinter group of Fatah, making HR’s claim rather odd.

It’s “one-sided” according to the habitually dishonest bunch at HR,

No comment from Israeli sources, such as the brave policeman who shot the second suicide bomber before he could detonate himself, or any of the injured victims of the attack.

Why is The Guardian promoting such one-sided material on its website and why does it prioritize giving a mouthpiece to a terrorist organization justifying its latest atrocity?

Again, HR lie. The first 20 seconds of the video show aftermath footage, with a scrolling caption providing statements from Israeli police and local media.

But the big lie by HR is an omission, and as usual, a very deliberate one. HR provide the video link alone in it’s “media critique”, while over in the world of reality at The Guardian, the video appeared only as a link within their main story on the event, ‘Israel faces constant war, says Olmert'.

The Guardian story quotes Israeli PM Olmert, twice, one being the entire headline, an Israeli eyewitness, an Israeli Govt spokesman and Israeli police are indirectly quoted. There are no direct quotes from any Palestinians, but there are 2 references to statements made by Palestinian groups.

The “one-sided” video is in fact only an adjunct to the main story that provides extensive Israeli perspective on the bombing. HR dishonestly tries to present the video in isolation from the context in which The Guardian presented it, enabling it to fabricate the “one-sided” charge.

But no doubt many brain-dead HR readers will fire off their mistakenly outraged emails to The Guardian where they will be deleted with wonderment at the credulity of the HonestReporting zombies.