Israel demands explanation from US media for slanted reporting
Israel has demanded an explanation from American media following slanted reporting of the deadly stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
The Government Press Office (GPO) sent an official letter of complaint to CNN and CBS after the two TV networks failed to make a distinction between the victims and attacks, simply reporting on four killed in the attack.
Instead of reporting on two victims and two terrorists who were killed, a newscaster at CNN simply reported: “In Jerusalem, four people are dead in the wake of a stabbing attack in a very popular tourist area. It happened at the Jaffa Gate to the Old City.”
The New York Times, meanwhile, reported on the attack with the headline “2 Palestinian Attackers Killed, 2 Israelis Die in Jerusalem.”
An organization called SSI (Students Supporting Israel) posted the headline on its Facebook page, adding “Terrorists are killed, but innocent Israelis DIE?”
“Time after time we are shocked and saddened by the choice of western media to cover terror acts against Israelis in a different way than acts against other people around the world,” SSI wrote on its Facebook page.
Eight hours after the story went online, the headline was changed to “Palestinian Stabbers Kill Israeli, Assailants Shot Dead.”