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|TV news biased against Palestinians, says study|
|04/17/02 at 15:53:55|
|Finally someone has actually picked up on it!!|
TV news biased against Palestinians, says study
Matt Wells, media correspondent
Tuesday April 16, 2002
British television news is routinely biased towards the Israeli view of the conflict, according to academic research.
As a result of lobbying by the Israeli government's public relations machine and the difficulties of explaining a complex story in ratings-driven bulletins, few people can understand the roots of the story, the Glasgow Media Group suggest.
Young people in particular are unaware of key elements of the conflict. In a sample of 300 questioned by the researchers, only 9% knew that Israel was the occupying force.
When the intifada began in 2000, a team led by Professor Greg Philo of Glasgow University examined 3,536 lines of text transcribed from 89 news bulletins. Only 17 lines were devoted to the conflict's history.
Consequently, he said, the Israeli side was favoured, because attacks were portrayed as responses to Palestinian acts.
Writing in today's Guardian, he adds: "A news journalism which seeks neutrality should not endorse any point of view, but there were many departures from this principle."
The broadcasters deny bias. Roger Mosey, BBC head of television news, said: "I don't believe there's any institutional bias towards one side or other in the Middle East conflict."
ITN said: "We've been covering this conflict fairly and impartially for more than half a century. We are not in the business of providing a daily history lesson."
|Re: TV news biased against Palestinians, says stud|
|04/23/02 at 15:43:07|
Language Of The Middle East
Many Americans are confused and misled about the facts of the Middle East because they
don't understand the language of Israeli propaganda.
A terrorist is any Palestinian who wants to end the Israeli occupation. A militant is
anyone the Israelis kill. If they shoot you, you are, by definition, a militant, even if
you're only 6 months old or 10 years old or 80 years old. The Israelis never kill anybody
but militants, so all of the more than 70 Palestinian children 15 and younger shot dead by
Israeli soldiers are militants. Most civilized countries don't think militancy is a
Unfortunately, members of the press often adopt the language of propaganda. They report
that the Israelis have killed 20 militants. In fact, they don't know that. They themselves
have never seen the 20 dead people. For all they know, they might be Palestinian nuns or
pacifists. A good reporter will just report what he knows: The Israelis say they have
killed 20 Palestinians.
Recently, one of the Fox Network's foxy blondes belligerently demanded of a Palestinian
spokesman why Yasser Arafat had not made a speech in Arabic demanding an end to terror.
When the Palestinian finally got a chance to talk, he told her what everybody who follows
the Middle East already knows: Arafat has condemned terrorism in speeches made in Arabic.
The spokesman even gave the blond cutie two specific dates and occasions.
But what's important to us, as consumers of this bilge on television, is this: I think it
is a most safe assumption that the lady, ordinarily quite pleasant and giggly, does not
speak Arabic, does not understand spoken Arabic and does not monitor radio and television
broadcasts in Arabic. So the question is, how would she know whether Arafat had ever made
a speech in Arabic on any subject? The answer is that she doesn't, yet she adamantly and
obnoxiously asserted that he had not condemned suicide bombings in Arabic. Where did she
get that information? From Israeli propaganda.
It could be that these younger folks who are in-studio types are just naive. Perhaps I
can help them. All governments lie. Some governments lie on some occasions, some lie on
many occasions, and some lie on all occasions. The Israeli government is a world-class liar.
You can count on almost anything it says as being all false, or partly true and partly
false, or true but out of context.
The members of the Israeli government are also the most self-centered people on earth. To
them it is unacceptable for any Israeli to die, but perfectly OK if any number of
Palestinians die. How little value they place on Palestinian life is illustrated by a sentence
an Israeli court gave a Jewish settler. His sentence was a fine and community service.
What was his crime? He had knocked down a 10-year-old Palestinian boy, put his booted foot
on the child's neck and beaten him to death with the butt of his military pistol. But as
one of the right-wing rabbis is now saying openly, a Jewish life is more valuable than a
President Bush, perhaps the most naive American, wants everyone to call suicide bombers
murderers. I won't. They are martyrs. Those young Palestinians have done exactly the same
thing so many young Americans have done - willingly sacrificed their lives for their
country's freedom. If they are murderers because they kill civilians during a war, then Mr.
Bush's own father is a mass murderer. His war and his embargo have murdered tens of
thousands of innocent men, women and children in Iraq. Young Bush is apparently planning to
murder more.To paraphrase the killer in the movie "Unforgiven," "We are all murderers, kid."
The irony is that while Bush keeps yapping at Arafat to stop the violence, Bush himself
refuses to stop the much greater violence inflicted on the Palestinian people by Israel.
In case he hasn't noticed, there are, to use his favorite phrase, innocent men, women and
children dying in the occupied territories because of Israeli state terrorism practically
Instead of playing self-righteous semantic games, Bush should devote his energy to
stopping the killing by everybody, including us. He should strongly support freedom for the
Palestinians. That's the only way the Israelis will ever have security. And he should
abandon the idea that the way to stop killing is to kill.
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