Mideast conflict coverage
Do reports and images reflect bias?
- Duration 7:06
- Date Nov 24, 2012
Do reports and images reflect bias?
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We have been extremely clear about our concern for Israel's security about.
The fact that Israel has a right to self defense but I am not gonna go for that and that's.
Why can't you say that you don't -- with the Turks.
Because I'm not gonna get into a public spitting match with allies on either side we're just not gonna do that and -- think that that's lowers public spending that when he -- worse.
And hundreds of people dying every day.
I don't understand the question here there's not a question here you're just looking for a fight let's go and nobody would -- The -- is liberty hall yes no absolutely over there.
A slim and you guys by refusing to say anything about what you're trying to -- were refusing to say whether you agree or disagree.
With what -- comments that are being made by -- allies for others -- -- that makes things worse -- better.
We of course.
Agrees that rhetorical attacks against Israel are not helpful at this moment is that what you're looking format.
That's Victoria New England a spokeswoman for the US -- us State Department getting.
Hammered by AP reporter Matt Lee who wanted -- -- -- response to this statement from the prime minister of Turkey.
It read those who speak of Muslims and terror side by side are turning a blind eye when Muslims are -- massacred on last.
For this reason I say that Israel is a terrorist state.
And it's acts are terrorist acts.
So we had that face off at the State Department Jenin and there was more of -- -- we only showed about a third.
Of that actual exchange was a reporter writes to be pushing.
Her and I went.
Well I mean that's certainly a new AP.
He was expressing his opinion.
But -- the state department's.
Hard -- spot here in Dayton Turkey is a NATO allies and that I'd I don't agree that Israel's terrorist they've captured Hillary Clinton has it -- don't either.
But the way the camera -- makes it look she is sort of on that the new and that is on the defensive end and she's better job to do with.
World capitals watching I I.
It was a little bit of an ambush on the State Department a pretty amazing statement I think from the Turkish Prime Minister -- the media react.
-- -- with unbelievably with -- and almost no reaction I -- I read that statement.
And I said now I'm going to wait for the article that says Turkey has just disqualified itself as an inter meeting later.
As -- as a mediator in this conflict I didn't -- that -- I didn't see that story it's really amazing the way Turkey.
Is remains under cover of the American Media what.
It was it I had exactly the same reaction as you did.
And what was even more amazing is why didn't anybody do a story to compared what Turkey said.
About Israel with what Turkey -- has said about Syria or not said.
And there was none of that it was really quite a step in the silence was deafening.
Here here we go all over again cal I mean -- the conflict in that part of the world never seems to and the things appear to be relatively peaceful then all of a sudden -- Hamas launching rockets you get Israel responding.
And -- you know you get a peace deal like was brokered on Wednesday and and then everything seems that cycle all over again.
Are -- come this week titled Groundhog Day I think the application is very similar to that movie -- Murray gets up every morning a repeats the previous day.
But look remember the height of positive media coverage.
For Israel was 1976.
Our bicentennial July 4.
When the Israeli commandos went into Entebbe airport in Uganda to rescue 100 Israeli citizens from Palestinian friendly terrorist.
It was the editorial comments the news coverage extremely positive.
In years subsequently it is unraveled in Israel is now.
Portrayed in much of the major media especially CNN BBC.
As the aggressor as the predator nation and the poor Palestinians and Arabs -- the victims yeah what about that is that coverage sympathetic to Palestinians and and.
And I don't know I will probably be a little different than everybody here on on the panel.
Particularly when it it relates to that photo that was ash on.
The -- competing picture was in Israelis.
In in the bomb shelter -- I didn't get as offended by that.
As other people did in terms as saying that the Washington Post was being more towards and the Palestinians.
And it seemed more flagrant though is CNN running phony footage and the BBC running a tweet from Syria that the actions that was Palestine and -- speaking of no reaction in other than the the British reporter -- the BBC John dollars and he's so I'm a mistake I accidentally -- is paying the Israelis -- really -- us to smear the Syrian government.
Go to bed at -- -- -- stone silence no reaction to BBC certainly won't fire him who knows what are we.
But other -- -- again Judy that.
The coverage of what happens there tends to focus on how many rockets were fired and how many casualties on both sides but -- there seems to be a vast moral golf.
Between the two sides here's a look at the cover your in -- in the cover of the New York Daily News.
Basically the same title and the same photo almost in in the New York Post.
Very similar coverage of Hamas members dragging somebody through the streets on I'm on you know -- -- a motorcycle somebody did executed on suspicion.
Of being anti Israeli sympathizer or spot.
Exactly and that's part of the challenge for a reporter of covering what's going on in Gaza.
Because there are many more reporters this time around from in 20082009.
Which is the last time.
-- -- into Gaza.
But they are still the captives of Hamas they're being led about -- they're being shown things we have no way of knowing whether or not the people.
-- -- -- Portrayed as victims were really killed by Israeli rockets or injured by Israeli rocket fire.
We don't know even New York Times John.
We -- at an editorial saying hamas' illegitimacy talking about the fact that Hamas is responsible for this but this subtitled.
That editorial was Israel is not the only party responsible for the current war what does that tell you right out of -- -- well I.
About Bret Stephens the Wall Street Journal.
-- good Mia culpa column this week where he said he was wrong when several years ago he he said that he was right for Israel to pull out of Gaza.
Some of us have been saying that for a long time I think the big failure of the media is that they do not accurately report on the history of these two movements they don't believe.
The Palestinians and the and the Muslim radicals who say they want to kill all Israelis and Jews and get him out of there they don't believe it even though that's what they say all right.
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