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.”

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In a letter sent to CNN, GPO director Nitzan Chen wrote: “As this is neither the first nor the second such incident, I have no choice but to contact you regarding this latest example.
“We believe that combining the two murderers with the two victims into ‘four dead’ – is not only dishonest and unethical journalism, but also borders on incitement since the viewer can easily misinterpret it.”
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Chen determines that “Reporting ‘four dead’ only leads us to conclude that the person who wrote this headline had a clear political agenda. We strongly condemn such journalism.”
CNN has yet to comment on the matter.
CBS, meanwhile, went with the headline “2 Palestinians killed after stabbing attack in Jerusalem.”
In a separate letter to CBS, Chen wrote: “We cannot think of a worse example of anti-Israel bias than the unfortunate headline that appeared on your website yesterday, even if it was only for a short time.”
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The headline was later changed to “2 Israelis dead after stabbing attack in Jerusalem; 2 Palestinian assailants killed.”

 

“The first headline is clearly turning the murderers into victims in the most inflammatory way possible,” Chen wrote. “There can be no justification for this. Beyond the immediate risk it poses to Israelis from possible Arab revenge attacks, it is simply dishonest and unethical journalism.”

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.”