Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Palestinians Take Media Bias to a Whole New Level

Army Dogs Wage War on Illegal Palestinian Workers

The title of this article is almost as ridiculous as its content. Palestinians have been illegally crossing a fence which separates the West Bank from other parts of inner Israel in order to find work and are horrified to find that Israel is attempting to stop these illegal crossings by using dogs.

The Palestinians, referred to as "victims" in the article, claim that they are not terrorists, only laborers. Well while laborers may not be terrorists, aren't all terrorists laborers of some sort?

It seems to me the author forgot to state the statistics of people who do cross the fence illegally who are terrorists.

One Palestinian man's encounter (with my parenthetical additions):
"We were trying to cross into Israel at about 4:00 am when suddenly we saw a group of soldiers and dogs," said Munir Hushia, a 35-year-old father of six.
"They shouted at us to stop, (but we didn't so they sent the dogs to attack us and stop us from crossing illegally into their land) then the dogs attacked (because even though the IDF warned us, we didn't stop crossing in), injuring some of us while others managed to get away," he told AFP, saying he was bitten on the hand and on other parts of his body.
Another Palestinian's surprising shock: "At about 5:00 am I got to the border to try and get through a hole in the fence when all of a sudden a dog attacked me and tried to savage my hand. When I managed to get my hand away, it bit my backside," he said. After doctors operated on his hand, he went to the Israeli police station in Kiryat Arba settlement to file a complaint. But instead of helping, they arrested him on suspicion of illegally entering Israel, he says.
Why this man is surprised that the police arrested him is beyond me. It's as if he told police that someone stole his cocaine stash. He basically just turned himself in.
The Palestinians feel that crossing into Israel through "holes in the fence" is their only option because there is no work on their side of the Green Line and because "they are the breadwinners of the family, so what else can [they] do". Perhaps they should advocate for peace between Palestinians and Israelis so that they can get rid of the barrier altogether and find work throughout the country. Perhaps they should stop educating their children to hate Jews and stop worshiping Jihadists who take innocent lives everyday. 
I'm not speaking as a Zionist. Being impartial and looking only at the facts, the Palestinians have nothing in their favor. These measures, as extreme as they are, were forced on the Israeli's due to the years and years of Palestinians illegally crossing the border and blowing up buses
The Palestinians are asking for pity that they don't deserve. They brought these dogs on themselves, quite literally.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

To Revisit an Old Question

I know this is an old question, but now that the pictures of Osama's death have begun to be released to select members of Congress, I wonder if they will "leak" into the press or be released into the mainstream press. 

I'm not sure which will happen and though I know some people feel that the backlash could be dangerous for Americans, other people are saying it wouldn't be. 

In the words of Sen. Inhofe "Since 9/11 there have been 32 attacks on America that we stopped through our intelligence. They would do anything they could to kill everyone of us who's watching right now if they could. But this isn't going to make them try anymore, they're trying right now anyway,"

Further Reading

Friday, April 22, 2011

Campaigning for Fun

The Week, a weekly magazine featuring a digest of editorials and columns along with global and regional news has announced that the theme for their weekly contest for the week of April 29, 2011 is to come up with a slogan for Mr. Trump's presidential campaign. Readers are encouraged to submit their ideas and the winner will receive a one year subscription free to the magazine.

To put it in perspective, I'll post last weeks question and winner:

Results: To help folks save money for retirement, scientists are developing avatars that show current-day wage earners what they’ll look like — and need — when they are old. We asked you what advice those elderly avatars should give their younger selves.
THE WINNER: An "I Love Justin Bieber" tattoo will not age well
The Week choosing to have this week's question related to Donald Trump and his campaign shows how ridiculous America views Trumps campaign for presidency in 2012. The Week, along with many other broadcast outlets, have and will continue to make light of Trumps campaign, which will can only hurt him. 
This contest is an example of how little the world thinks of Trump and how ludicrous Trumps campaign is.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Vacation Exploitation

It's interesting that the Obama's are planning a trip to Willamsburg, VA, a city rich in American history, for later this week. I'm thinking that the preplanned vacation and its juxtaposition to the announcement of the Obama 2012 campaign is more just a coincidence.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Media Matters

Media Matters, a liberal group has now declared a war on FOX news. The group, which normally keeps a close watch on various media outlets, searching for conservative biases and misrepresentations has decided to ditch their usual job of policing the media and instead focus on FOX news, declaring the network to be their number one priority.
The link to the Politico article is here but definitely check out the Media Matters website and watch as the "guerrilla warfare" unfolds. It promises to be interesting.

The irony is, that the same finger Media Matters is pointing at FOX can be pointed right back at Media Matters about FOX.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quick Follow-up on Placement

Unlike the Itamar massacre, I was pleased to note that only 15 minutes after the bus bombing, which took place in Jerusalem this morning, Drudgereport.com and NYTimes.com posted articles on their websites in noticeable spots. Drudgereport.com even offered feature articles to go along with the news of the bus bombing including an article about recent attacks on Har HaZaysim and about rockets being fired from Gaza into Israel.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Importance of Placement

By now the Glenn Beck clip on his reporting the Itamar Massacre has gone viral, especially among the American Jews. I know other blogs have posted the link and commented on his accurate word of "butcher," one that may seem to shape the media, but I happen to believe it is extremely accurate since throats being slashed with a knife to me sounds very similar to what our butchers do with chickens.

But he brought up a good point, which I had been thinking about for a while. The Itamar Massacre hasn't really been soaking up news space and it is very possible that it's because Japan (with the tsunami and now the radiation issues) is hogging all the limelight. 

But even still, I checked a couple news websites, including DrudgeReport this past Saturday night and I was kind of shocked to see that the link to the Israeli newspaper article on the recent attack was all the way in the right column near almost the end of all the headlines! Definitely not a place that eyes would quickly notice. 

I think it's important that we remember that biases can be done not only with words or coverage, but with placement as well. News stories which don't make the front lines often don't get noticed and layout editors know this little trick and never hesitate to use it.